Last Friday, I headed to Lyon for the JDLL 2010. It's an event that feels always a bit special for me since the JDLL was the first event I attended a long while ago. Even though it's not the biggest event in France, for some reason, all the usual suspects from the french-speaking free software community is coming. So a good place to be to catch up with various people (Alexandre, Didier, FrédéricP, Michael from the GNOME-FR conspiracycommunity, as well as our friends from Mageia, and more).

Of course, I first had to prove I really wanted to go there: with the strikes, it took me around five hours to travel there, instead of a bit less than two. I didn't really mind, though. The real downside of the strikes for the event was that a bit less people attended the event than usual, but it worked out quite well given the circumstances.

I had submitted two talks for the event, and both were accepted: one introducing the Build Service, and one explaining what the GNOME community is up to with GNOME 3.0. The talks themselves went quite well, but I had some last minute fun with GNOME Shell, which was crashing on start (thanks Benjamin for the quick fix!).

The GNOME 3 talk was helped by some really recent GNOME 3-related changes in openSUSE just before the event: FrédéricC has been working on automatic packages of GNOME Shell from git (works great, and makes it easy to test Florian's branch), and I managed to quickly create packages for a GTK+ 3 version of the openSUSE theme (thanks to the work from Andrea on porting murrine to GTK+ 3). All this improves the GNOME Shell demos I usually do, while still enabling people to keep a stable GNOME around. Of course, these changes are already in Factory for openSUSE users, and FrédéricC might announce his plans with his GNOME Shell package from git soon :-) Exciting times in the openSUSE-GNOME land, if you ask me!

The JDLL was also an opportunity to show, in addition to GNOME Shell, some of the great mockups done by the design team to various people, and the reaction is nearly always positive. If you haven't tried yet, I encourage you to go to an event and talk about GNOME 3 to people, even if it's just in the hallway: you'll see people getting positive, and more importantly, really excited about the changes we're introducing. This definitely boosts motivation :-)