It has been quite some time after my attending GNOME Asia Summit 2012 in City University of Hong Kong. The distinguished meeting happened between June 8th and June 11th, I was fortunately being invited as a speaker to talk about the status of Simplified Chinese translation and the overall status and concerns about input methods. It was my first travel to HK and everything was wonderful!

GNOME Asia Summit is an interesting event that worth attending, where you can meet some most active users and developers, especially local community leaders from Asia. Most meetings in free software communities are usually held in the US or EU area, where Asia attendees are rare. Also there might be some misunderstanding that our user base at Asia are small because the rate of free software users in whole are small, but we can’t ignore how large the base and the absolute number of user counts are. I’m very happy to see that the meeting helps a lot on exchanging ideas between Asia communities, especially various Chinese communities for me. It’s still a pity that there aren’t many local designers or developers working on GNOME, and we are having difficult time to explain things to western people – and there are difference in the way of using a desktop everyday.

Here are some photos we’ve taken during the event:

And I must say “thanks” to GNOME Foundation and GNOME Asia committee  for their sponsorship and help!