30. July 2018

GNOME Foundation Membership

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve joined the GNOME Foundation Membership.

Thanks to Adrien, Kat, Britt, Benjamin, and Sri for nudging me to apply. Thanks also to the Membership & Elections Committee for considering my application.

29. July 2018

Tales of GUADEC 2018 Part 2

This is the second in a two part series covering GUADEC 2018.

I’m glad I stuck around for the hack days this year. It was during this time I started working on things and made a few new friends. I began the process of applying for GNOME Foundation membership too, but more on that later.

I spent my time:

  • Helping Britt set up a MediaWiki test platform.
  • Working on some improvements for the GUADEC website.
  • Collaborating with Oliver, Caroline and Kat to mock up a design for the new GUADEC homepage.
  • Co-organising GameJam2018 with Adrien, which will take place this October in France. We’re already making progress!

Each evening ended with great food and friends. I particularly enjoyed “The Beach BoF”, where my body confidence issues became a thing of the past. I swam for the first time in 10+ years! Oh, and I went again at night! I’ve since signed up at my local pools and I’m going at least 3-4 times a week. GUADEC changes us in ways…

So that was GUADEC 2018. Greece seems like the likely candidate for next year. So see you there (maybe)!

29. July 2018

Tales of GUADEC 2018 Part 1

GUADEC 2018 group photo by guillefuertes (CC BY-SA 2.0)
GUADEC 2018 group photo by guillefuertes (CC BY-SA 2.0).

I recently attended GUADEC in sunny Almería, Spain.

Given how late I am in writing about it, I thought it would be best to keep this year’s entry brief. You see, I got straight to work when I returned. I developed a few healthy habits too, which means my evenings became very busy.

This year’s GUADEC was an opportunity to catch up. I chose not to propose open talks this year. The idea was that it would free me up to experience as much of the conference as possible. That decision paid off.

Each session I attended delivered value for me in some way or other. I particularly enjoyed the following:

  • Ubuntu’s journey from Unity to GNOME Shell (Ken VanDine, Didier Roche)
  • GTK4 Lightning Talks (Benjamin Otte)
  • Implementing Phone UIs with GTK+ (Adrien Plazas)
  • Making a phone call with GNOME (Bob Ham)
  • Have you ever developed for a GPU? (Benjamin Otte)
  • What’s happening in Builder? (Christian Hergert, Corentin Noël)
  • DevOps for GNOME (Carlos Soriano)
  • Designing GNOME Mobile (Tobias Bernard)

Of the lightning talks, it was great to see Nicole Færber announce a mobile special interest group (see MobileSIG). Dorota Czaplejewicz’s Effective Altruism talk also provided food for thought.

I enjoyed the evening tour of Alcazaba castle and the following cultral show and picnic. The dancer’s solo performances were particularly entrancing moments. I also enjoyed the beach party, where I embraced the opportunity to get my feet wet 🐾

Look forward to part two where I’ll discuss my hack days.