It’s been too long…

It’s been far too long since I last blogged. I’d always think of what I wanted to say when I couldn’t get to my blog, and then forget. Bah. So here is a catchup post.

Upgrades. I moved servers! Everything has been moved over to a dedicated server from RapidSwitch. After 1 year of excellent service, my VPS will soon get switched off for good. I’m still a big fan of RimuHosting, but I needed a bit more power (OK, I needed lots more power..). Isotoma use RapidSwitch a lot, and we get an excellent service from them so I figured i’d try them out. I now have 2.2Ghz Core2 Duo, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive and 4,000GB traffic. Really pleased with it so far.

WordPress also got upgraded, and i’m really loving the new control panel. Good work guys!

BuildBot. I’ve joined the Build Brigade on their quest to bring continuous integration to GNOME. My own efforts can be found here. The current solution needs to open up a port for each project, and we are trying to get it down to a single shared connection for all projects. When this is working I hope to set up continuous integration of the Debian/Ubuntu GNOME packages too.

I’m hopeful we can bring the same solution to the KDE and XFCE teams too.

Summer of Code. I will be mentoring 2 students for GNOME in this years summer of code:

  • John will be implementing SyncML support in Conduit. His deliverables include python bindings of libsyncml, conduit support of SyncML clients and servers, simplified discovery and configuration of those devices and a demo of sync between EDS and a SyncML device.
  • Alexandre will be implementing full support for the iPod in Conduit, and also improving integration with Rhythmbox. His deliverables include improved media transcoding, using GStreamer were possible, full dataproviders for audio and video support and work to provide a smooth, rounded “plugin and sync” experience for the user.

This is my first time mentoring in the summer of code, and i’m really looking forward to it.

Hardy. GNOME 2.22. I’ve just upgraded my work machine to Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, after running the alphas since nearly the beginning on my main development laptop. Very pleased with both so far. The upgrade on my laptop was smoother as it has Intel graphics.

Conduit. We are proposed for inclusion in GNOME 2.24. Exciting times. It seems clear so far that the biggest problem we have in acceptance will be a UI that really “works”. I’ve become quite fond of our current UI, but new users just can’t understand it at all. Anyone got any suggestions?

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