Tales of GUADEC 2017 Part 6

Written by Stephen Pearce

Welcome to the sixth part in my GUADEC 2017 series. Here I’ll be writing about some of my activities since and share some final GUADEC thoughts. The previous parts can be accessed here. Props to you if you’ve read them all up to this point 😉.

It’s been a few weeks now since GUADEC, but it’s impact continues to be felt. I’ve experienced a lot of change since, but now that things have settled down, I’ve found some time to begin exploring.


I’ve shared my first patch to Epiphany on Bugzilla. It’s a trivial change, but investigating the issue enabled me to explore some of the code base, learn Gtk Inspector and familiarise myself once again with crafting a patch. It was an opinionated change, so it invited a healthy debate with a few GNOME designers. It seems I have more work to do 😉.

I’ve been making notes along the way too. There are features I would like to see in Gtk Inspector for example which I believe would make writing and testing GTK CSS a lot easier. I feel I can add a lot of value here, since as a web person I basically live in tools like this.

Games Hackfest

It’s still early days, but we’ve made contact with a friend who’s helping us to secure a university venue. One of the conditions will be to encourage staff and student involvement. This means that while the event will have a strong GNOME focus, we must do our best to facilitate everyone’s interests 👍.

We’ll soon be needing documentation that covers how to take games exported from a framework like Godot or Unity and integrate them nicely with GNOME. I’ll be researching these details soon, as I have experience with a few engines.


I need to learn GJS, Glade and a whole other bunch of GNOME app development tools quick! As such, I’ve started laying the groundwork for my new pet project: yet another Markdown editor!

The idea it is that I want to think in Markdown and be able to export documents in the formats that we all value: HTML, Mallard, MoinMoin, ePUB to name a few.

It’s mostly just an idea and sketches at this point, but I’m curious to know what you think?

Final GUADEC Thoughts

My advice to anybody attending GUADEC for the first time would be to do exactly what I was advised to do: offer your time, give talks about the things you’re super passionate about and make friends. Folks will get to know you, and in return you’ll feel a great sense of belonging and empowerment.

I want to thank so many of you. Too many to list really, but if you interacted with me in any way over the course of the conference or in the weeks since, then you know who you are. You all rock 🤘

Thanks everyone️. If I don’t catch you at the Hackfest or FOSDEM early next year, then I hope to see you again in Almería for GUADEC 2018.