FISL 15!

The latest edition of FISL was a blast! Even though I have noticed a smaller number of attendees compared to 2013, it is quality rather than quantity that matters.

We had less GNOMErs this year as well, but our community was definitely nicely represented. At day one, Luciana Fujii gave a talk about GLib, GObject and more G* stuff.

On day two, Adorilson Bezerra and I have conducted the GNOME Community Meeting. At first, Adorilson introduced GNOME 3.12 and, after that, I’ve presented a lightning talk about Gjs development. At the end of our Community Meeting we had an open space to discuss GNOME as a whole. It was all broadcasted live and recorded, you can check it out here (Portuguese audio).

I hope to see you all again next year at FISL 16!

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See you at FISL 15!

Hey everyone,

I’m just passing by to say that I will be attending FISL 15 from May 7 to 10th in Porto Alegre, Brazil. At May 8th, 9 a.m., we will be conducting a GNOME Community Meeting where you will get: the chance to get in touch with some developers/translators/community members, and an open space to discuss GNOME’s future. Come join us!

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GNOME 3.12 Released!

The GNOME Project has released GNOME 3.12 today. Congratulations to all the approximately 1140 contributors that made 34236 really awesome changes in this release.

Bastian Hougaard and Karen Sandler (GNOME Executive Director) have made an Introducing GNOME 3.12 video, check it out!

Don’t forget to check the release notes. If you’re a hardcore Fedora user, you can get GNOME 3.12 using Richard Hughes’ rpm repository.

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Changes

One of my New Year’s Resolution has been achieved. It’s been two months now since I started working at Parafernalia Interativa. We’re building with Endless Mobile an operating system to power computers in the developing world, and it’s GNOME-based. It’s a very exciting job because I get to work with really cool hackers, and we use pretty much GNOME technologies.

I can’t say much about the amazing things we are building yet, but you’ll know about it soon!

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Bye 2013! Happy 2014!

When a new year comes, it’s time to reflect (not regret) and set up new goals.

With this in mind, I have to say that last year was the best year ever… so far! I have attended FISL 14 in Porto Alegre, GUADEC in Czech Republic and gave a lot of talks. Speaking of that, I forgot to blog about the talk I gave at Latinoware which was an introduction to GNOME Application Development with Javascript (Gjs). And after that, I was invited to give a short introduction to Free Software and share my experiences as a student developing FOSS (mentioning my Google Summer of Code participation in 2012 and my involvement with the GNOME community) at my university. Everything was a blast!

For 2014, I want to intensify my GNOME contributions, read 50 booksgraduate o/*, and (after that) find a first job. ;)

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GNOME 3.10 is out!

GNOME 3.10 is the result of 6 months work by 985 contributors, and includes an amazing 34,786 changes. Check out the release notes for details.

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GUADEC 2013

My journey starts by crossing the Atlantic Ocean and fighting its most dangerous threads. Basically monsters, dragons, and pirates. In Lisbon, Portugal, I have stepped ashore. My sailing days were over. However, my destiny was still far from being fulfilled. So I have sailed to Prague, Czech Republic. I got there in a few hours, but my luggage did not. Fortunately it magically appeared 24 hours after at the GUADEC dorms in Brno. :O

Fantastic literature apart, I have had an awesome time at GUADEC. Between August 1st and August 4th, we have had a special keynote every morning followed by a whole day of talks. Besides, we have had some parties in the evenings: in the very first day in a full-dedicated nightclub, and on day 3 at the local Starobrno brewery (generously funded by Mozilla).

From August 5th to 8th, BoFs and hackfests! I have spent some time working with the GNOME Music crew. Met the guys in-real-life and was introduced to new ones.

I could not forget to mention the blistering heat in Brno. It was hotter than my homeland hottest days. But the best way to soften the heat if you are in Czech Republic is by having a beer or even a Kofola (I had never drank it before. Loved it).

At last but not least, I want to thank the GNOME Foundation for sponsoring my attendance at the conference. I hope to see you all fellow GNOMErs again next year, and to practice my french at GUADEC 2014 in Strasbourg!

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Programming Marathon training at UFSC

July was a very busy month for me. I’ve attended FISL14 and a Winter School of Programming Marathon at UFSC, Florianópolis. Now I’m blogging from GUADEC in Brno, Czech Republic.

Since I’m still a student, I’m able to participate in programming marathons. Me and two more friends created a team and we’ve started to train weekly. We intend to participate firstly in a regional competition which entitles to compete in the national programming marathon which entitles to compete the World Finals. We are, definitely, aiming low. Let’s just have some fun at least!

During a week (July 22nd – 26th), we have had competitions daily — every morning — and in the afternoons we had lectures about algorithms and data structures related to the problems we have seen in the morning. Pretty interesting approach!

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Going to GUADEC 2013!

Hooray!

Thanks to the GNOME Foundation, I will be attending this years’ GUADEC. Once again I’m having the terrifc opportunity of meeting my fellow GNOMErs in-real-life, meet new ones, and help this community be as awesome as it already is.

I’ve never been to East Europe, so any tips from people who’ve been to Czech Republic would be welcome!

I’m also a volunteer, so you can count me in to help in anyway I can.

See you all in August 1st at Brno, Czech Republic!

 

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Bye FISL 14! See you all next year!

Last week I attended the 14th edition of the Free Software International Forum (FISL) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It was a great opportunity to see in real life people I see daily on IRC/mail-lists/social networks.

I live in Pelotas, which is located 270 km far from my state’s capital, Porto Alegre, so I couldn’t miss this rare chance of meeting my fellow gnomers. We had a community meeting where we’ve discussed GNOME activities in Brazil and some directions GNOME has taken over the past few releases. We have also heard a lot of feedback from GNOME users at the community meeting (some related to design decisions, other to distros delivering GNOME software, and etc). It was pretty exciting!

Besides the GNOME related activities, I’ve attended some really nice presentations and discussions on free software and specific technologies. I’d highlight these in particular:

See you in FISL 15!

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