Hackfest 2010

February 22, 2010

Just about to drop onto the tube and head to the GNOME 2010 Usability Hackfest Canonical London Edition. Many thanks to the foundation and sponsoring companies for funding my travel!

The Shell Its going to be an interesting week… esp. revising, designing, refining and discussing how the new shell effects the overall desktop experience. Its great how much has happened on that front since 2009… always good to see active hacking on the core, it sleeps too often.

Big Picture I hope we can open the discussion up to design and do more than working out usability warts; digging into what GNOME is enabling people to do (or not) rather that just getting our noses buried in specific usability bugs. A broader design discussion would be a really healthy thing for the project as major changes start landing. While the warts are good to polish, some details matter and some frankly don’t. We should always strive for attention, craftsmanship and polish, but we should first make sure we’re building the right table.

So many hackers+designers gathering is a great opportunity to tackle big material; esp. if we have the courage to move past our customary organizations/associationsand really sit down together as individuals and honestly ask “where do we think this is going?”, “what is this gnome thing?” and “where should we go?”.

Rants One of my plans this week, in addition to specific design hacking is going to be head-hacking, I’m planning to write a series of posts covering broadly how I’ve seen Gnome design working, and how it could be working better.

Time to get wet, see ya’ll in 45 minutes.

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