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Sunday 27 April 2008

Live from GUADEMY (bis)

So, Richard is giving his talk about PackageKit. But you, know even his talk has major bugs. Clearly bad. I guess he will argue that it's not his fault, and that's because we went to a typical spanish restaurant on Friday evening. I'm not sure I can talk about this unique experience, though, to be honest. Will doesn't want to share too much details either, but I'm sure Richard will be glad to write about the whole story.

On the constructive side, yesterday, I've been hacking a bit on desktop-file-utils and ironing out the plan to take over the world, err, I mean, the plan to fix many issues with the fd.o specs. Hopefully, everything will go smooth.

Friday 25 April 2008

Live from GUADEMY

It feels like summer here. Oh, you might not know where "here" is: Valencia. I got invited to talk at GUADEMY, and so far it's pretty good. Good to see some friendly faces (can't find all the links to all blogs), and to be lost in translation again (although I can get a few words here and there if I listen carefully). Thanks to the organizers for having thought to me (and of course, to Novell for having let me come ;-)).

I finished my specifications: are they boring? talk nearly a hour ago. I should probably put the slides somewhere, but basically it was about explaining the current status of the specifications and describing the huge list of things that we're doing wrong there. But there's no need to be negative about the future: there are some basic steps that we can follow to help improve the situation. Like better hosting, better update process, better consistency, more visibility. I'll probably talk a bit more about this in the future. The feedback was good, so at least, it seems I'm not thinking totally wrong ;-) Also, the talk was live-translated, which was pretty amazing, although I can't be sure I wasn't insulted in some way in the translations (nah, kidding, everybody is warmly welcoming here).

Oh, and I wish we had university campus in France as nice as the one in Valencia. It surely feels good. Or maybe it's just that it feels like summer :-)

Wednesday 16 April 2008

Decision time for the Summer of Code

I wanted to post this announce on Monday, but got busy with other things... But it's not too late: in a bit less than 6 hours (at 19:00 UTC), a small team of GNOME mentors for the Google Summer of Code will meet and work hard to select the projects that we'll mentor this year. I guess that, like for all previous years, people will fight hard for their favorite projects ;-) It's generally not easy, since there are some really interesting projects that we might need to reject. If you want to participate to this meeting and you don't know where it will occur (which means you're not subscribed to soc-mentors-list!), ping me on IRC.

I took nearly all my Monday afternoon to browse again most of the applications. I could at least identify one thing that we did bad this year: there are applications related to many GNOME modules, and for some of those applications, no maintainer of the relevant module commented or even took a look. I tried to ping (or to have someone else ping) those maintainers to get their opinion about the project, so all in all, we should be fine, but that will be something to keep in mind for next year, I guess. Also, we received quite less applications than last year -- I guess this can be explained by the fact that some projects like Gnumeric or GStreamer are now directly participating to GSoC. However, the good news is that I have the feeling we have around the same number of good applications.

Can't wait the meeting to at last know what projects we'll be able to watch during the summer :-)

Tuesday 15 April 2008

Quelques nouvelles de Planète GNOME-FR

Évidemment, une personne dont je tairai le nom a été plus rapide que moi pour en parler, mais j'ai quelques informations supplémentaires :-) Comme Lucas a bougé pour créer une planète brésilienne avec toute la configuration dans svn, j'ai enfin pris quelques minutes pour bouger Planète GNOME-FR à cet endroit là. Je voulais faire ça depuis de nombreux mois... L'intérêt principal est que maintenant je ne suis plus le seul à pouvoir modifier cette petite configuration, et comme je n'ai pas toujours été très réactif à certaines requêtes, cela ne peut être qu'une bonne chose.

Du coup, la personne dont je tairai le nom (c'est idiot d'avoir commencé un billet en évitant de citer un nom car on est obligé de continuer pendant tout le billet) vient aider maintenir tout cela. Et Christophe je n'ai pas de blog Fergeau aidera aussi de temps en temps. Comme il s'agit d'un module dans svn, les règles de politesse habituelles s'appliquent, d'autant plus que d'autres planètes y sont maintenues. Donc il est mieux d'éviter les changements barbares dans le module sans autorisation ;-) Une autre nouveauté est que nous disposons maintenant d'un petit coin dans bugzilla pour gérer les ajouts de blog et autres demandes de modifications. Pour suivre ce qui s'y passe, il suffit de surveiller l'activité de planete-gnomefr@gnome.bugs.

Les choses sont plus ouvertes, tout va donc bien (et mieux). Mis à part ce petit problème de locale dans les dates (mais personne n'avait remarqué)...

Friday 11 April 2008

Lesson of the day

Do not assume that gsize and unsigned int are the same thing. If you look too quickly at the doc, you might think it's true. But the text that you didn't read because you didn't take ten seconds for this is clear about it and you might end up with some bad bug.

by Vincent