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Monday, January 7th, 2013

Another year has gone by and it is yet again another year I promised to blog and didn’t.  With social networking its hard to bother.  Besides, you always feel that if you’re going to post to planet that it should be something insightful.

Anyways, this post is about recognizing people in the community who have worked hard in the background in support of all our releases in 2012 and in community outreach.  The list is of my own compiling and mostly consists of people involved in marketing and sysadmin.  It’s my hope that others will also step up and recognize people for the great work they’ve been doing in their own areas.

So onwards.. here is my list of awesome from the list of the awesomest!  I’ll attempt to write a little something about that person so it’s not just a static list.

Karen Sandler – Karen has been such the hanger that we put our clothes on.  Without it, things just drop.  (yeah, crazy metaphor huh? :-)  Karen has been helping fundraise, leading the efforts on Friends of GNOME, and communicating with our board of advisors and generally the person we all like to talk to if we’re frustrated or have some anecdote we want to share.

Emily Gonyer – there are few who have that kind of passion in GNOMEt that Emily has.  She started as a GSOC candidate and has stayed on and continues to be very much involved in the marketing team.  She’s been involved in community outreach and getting the forums started and is an outspoken critic in the true open source fashion.  Emily also worked on the quarterly reports and has gone to GUADEC and FOSDEM.

Marina Zhurakhinskaya – Marina has been managing the GSOC and this year she has been able to expand GSOC to several other projects.  Marina is responsible for wonderful diversity that we have in GNOME.  Setting the standard that other open source projects should compare themselves against.  The fact I get to put so many women on this list is a testament to her time and investment into this project.  You rock!

Christy Eller – Christy spent her GSOC project helping us put out a new friends of gnome pages and a news.gnome.org site redesign.  There has never been such a rapid and focused development on a web project.  We joke about how long it’s taken us to do a new gnome.org.  We had more things accomplished in that short time than I’ve ever seen in the history of GNOME.

Andrea Veri – Andrea started working as a part time sysadmin this year.  If Christy was successful with web it was because Andrea was there supporting her and the rest of us.  Andrea has been doing most of the sysadmin’ing for GNOME this past year and doing it with enthusiasm.  We are fortunate to have such a dedicated person helping us.

Allan Day -He’s everyone’s mentor.  He helps us understand the various designs that GNOME is working on.  Help us gets our messaging together.  Helps figure out how to react to various criticisms that are happening in the community.  He’s been put through the emotional wringer with all the various criticisms that we face from our community.   The marketing team is in his debt almost daily with his advice and commentary.  Thanks Allan!

Sebastian Keller  – Known as ‘borschty’ on IRC, Sebastian has spent a lot of his free time hanging out in #gnome on freenode and gimpnet answering questions and providing most of our visible support on IRC.  It always amazing when people are willing to spend their time that way and helping out especially answering questions which as a lot of people can tell you takes a lot of patience.  Sebastian also is one of two ops persons for #gnome as well.

Juha Sahakangas – Known as ‘Juhaz’ on IRC, Juha is the other person who spends a lot his time answering questions on #gnome on freenode.  Again, a big thanks to him for both answering the questions and administrating the channel.  It’s because of him and Sebastian that we have the visibility on freenode that we have.

If I missed you, it’s because I haven’t learned too much of what you’ve been doing.  If you think I’ve missed someone then please write a blog post and tell us your heroes that deserve to be recognized for the year s that all of us know what they have done.  These are just my personal ones.

Best wishes to the GNOME community and hope for a prosperous New Year! :-)

 

 

Linux Plumbers Conference…

Friday, June 12th, 2009

So I’ve been meaning to put a post on this but I haven’t had a chance thanks to school and what not.  Having finished my exams and projects, I thought I would put in a word or two regarding the other thing I’ve been busy with and that is the Linux Plumbers Conference.  This is my second year in a row in being part of the organizing committee of Linux Plumbers Conference!

Linux Plumbers Conference is one of those small conferences organized by developers for developers and thus have a highly technical focus.  As a bonus, it’s held the same week as Linuxcon so you can get your taste of the O’Reilly type conference as well if laundry is an issue. :-)  The goal is to improve the Linux platform, targetting the weaknesses and improving them.  Last year we had the fast boot by Intel which started a distro war over boot time. and we had a piece of X put into the kernel, so things happen at this conference.

We are currently looking for paper submussions.  Have an idea for the desktop but you need kernel developer support?  This is your chance!  Thanks to Jim Gettys to being our runner for the UI track.  So if you have ideas that will help advance the Linux platform/ecosystem.  Please submit your ideas! The conference is in Portland, OR Sept 23-25, 2009. I hope to see a lot of you there. As many can attest, Portland is an awesome city with some of the coolest people on the planet living here.

Voted… last week :-)

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Thanks to Oregon’s vote by mail system.. I turned in my vote early.  This is an especially great election as this is the first time my wife will be able to vote in a presidential election.  We had a great time picking what we wanted to vote yes or no to in the various bills.  Oregon makes it so easy to do that.

I spent quite a bit of time canvassing for my president of choice.  I don’t  precisely do it to support my candidate, but like the candidates themselves I learn something about the people we share our country with.  I get to listen to their stories, their hardships, their lives.  It’s very inspiring especially when they open up and tell me why their voting.  I talked to someone recently, a grandmother who was working at a hospital across town and has to get up at 5am so she can make it on time.  She’s  about 72 years old and she tells me she’s doing it so that she can support her grandson in med school and that’s why she’s sending money but can’t volunteer.

It’s my first time getting involved in a campaign.  (I’m purposely not telling you who it is because it’ll detract from what I’m trying to say)  and it feels good to be involved and informed.  I’m proud to live here.  Oregonians rock.

It’s been raining continously for the past couple of days.  Today it was blue skies and sunshine.  It’s going to be a beautiful day.  Cheers.

GNOME 2.24 release!!

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
GNOME 2.24 - teh Awesome!

GNOME 2.24 - teh Awesome!

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to get this release out.  Especially the release team.  You guys rock!!

Had a busy couple of weeks, putting on Linux Plumbers Conference An exciting time and it was great to meet old friends and new ones. I think we were able to get all the goals we wanted. It was amazing watching something from conception to execution. We didn’t have a lot of problems.

We’re hoping to plan next years soon and see if we can top what we had. Those of you I got to meet last week, it was great hanging out and I hope we get to do it again! Our community rocks! :-)

gnomefiles.org gone..

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

For those of you wondering what happened to gnomefiles.org like I did.  Apparently, the site has bit the big one according to this post by Eugenia.  This of course leaves a big hole in our community on where to go for new software for GNOME.  I hope we might be able to get a site going quickly in order to replace gnomefiles.org.

This has been a public service announcement.  Since I don’t think Eugenia has publicized this anywhere that I know of.

–update–

fixed broken link.

Alll my blogs begin with long time no post.. hah!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Well, look whose blogging!  That’s right, it’s me. Let’s see if I remember how to do all this bloggy stuff…

Last time or was that episode?  Episode then.  I”m feeling peevish,  I blogged I was defending vegetarianism and posted a picture.  Sorry no picture this time.  I have been eating good stuff though. ;-)  Including a nice home made vegetarian pizza.  Maybe I’ll post it.  If y’all are nice to me and such.

Since then, I’ve been busy with school and not much time for GNOME other than to hang out.   I guess I’m here for the beer this year.  It was great meeting the lot of you at OSCON which seems to be the post destination after GUADEC.  Sadly, none of you bought me a t-shirt.  Shame on you.  I thought I was the mascot, I guess it was all pillow talk.

I have approximately less than a year to graduate with a M.S. in C.S. at  Portland State University.   I can’t wait since it’s been a real pain doing work and school and people have noticed that my contributions have shrunk to a trickle.

Anyways, knowing this audience, y’all want to talk about GNOMEy stuff.  Too bad.  We’re talking about me.  I’m taking over for Rich Burridge!  But we’re going to talk bout furry felines, not kids.  Which means we’re going to talk about David Schleef.  Don’t worry, he loves when we talk about him.  It makes Dirac development faster.  Anyhoo, Every friday, I intend to post some cynical observation about *something*.

I do have some stuff to talk bout that isn’t about my boring life.  That is that you may have noticed the GNOME Journal has been a bit stagnant due to its members being really busy with either their jobs or other projects that take up their time.  Some of you are probably read Planet for fun, and sometimes think “what a great bunch of people, I wish I could help out.  But I can’t because David Schleef won’t let me.”  You DON’T need David Schleef‘s permission.  (remember, Dirac code is speeding up now, keep talking about him!)  No, we are looking for a few good people, preferably human, but we have known to take on Vulcans; we aren’t racist, green blood not withstanding,  to help out with writing articles.  Maybe you think “I don’t know what to write”, or maybe you’re scared.  If your’e scared, it’s obvious you haven’t been to GUADEC.  There’s nothing to be scared of.  These people are pushovers.  if you get into a situation, remember “beer is GNOME kryptonite” keep a can with you always.  If they are Australian, Fosters will actually repel them it’s like holy water on vampires!  ANYWAYS..  We have plenty of ideas we think would make good articles.  We need people.  You are of course free to write your own as well.  Write what you think might be interesting and we’ll do the rest. Hope you’ll sign up.  Send me some email, or join us on irc in the #gnome-journal channel.  Bring your dog, we like pets.

The other thing is that I’ve been actually doing some hacking.  Yes, surprising as that might be.  I have taken an open source class, so I essentially got to take 8 weeks and learn glib/goject/sqlite and write me up a new backend for Rhythmbox.  It’s not quite finished but most of the major sutff is done and I’m trying to get into a useable state before sticking it in bugzilla.  One might be tempted to think sqlite is a superior solution cuz well it’s sqlite and it’s the best thing evah!  Keep in mind the current backend is pretty damn good and is a result of several years of tweaking.  It’ll be a while before this backend has any chance of being supported.  Huge thanks to teuf and moch for giving their time to help me and answer questions.  But the project has been good for me as I’ve finally got time to learn all those dependencies that I always whined about that I couldn’t learn.  Hopefully I get to participate more in the development process than I have.

Well, that’s it for me.  I’ll post something mildly amusing on Friday.

Oh yeah, contact information.. mail me at sriram DOT ramkrishna DOT gmail DOT com if you are interested in helping writing articles.  Free picture of me for the first person to respond!

Long time no blog.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Well it’s been forever since I’ve blogged anything. Been really busy with work and I hardly had time to do much with GNOME for the past couple of months. I hadn’t realized how stressed out I was until I finally took a vacation. I was having trouble sleeping and been feeling run down all the time. After the vacation I could finally get some sleep and finally start concentrating on work.

GNOME Journal stuff is actually doing pretty good even though we haven’t had much in the way of releases. Our group are really busy with our personal lives and also caught up in various other GNOME activities. (I’m looking at you Ken) So, this is a shout out for people who want to:

a) slowly get involved with GNOME but are the cautious type.

b) want to get involved but you feel you don’t have the technical background to help. Or maybe GNOME is just so big and complex but you want to help out in some way. GNOME Journal is a great way to start out. We have quite a diverse number of people here.

c) you’re interested in writing and want to try out your technical writing skills

All are valid reasons to join up and help us out. Mail me and I’ll get you started I have plenty of ideas/trends that you could follow up on or post on this blog.

Board? I have a better use for you..

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Since we’re all talking about rockstars. I think we need to be talking about our rockstars who write articles to the journal. I will consider you a rockstar if you write articles for us. We have another issue coming up and I would like to see some more articles. No matter what kind of GNOME or even generic all purpose desktop architecture like for instance Galago or DBus; we’d be interested.

So help us come up with another great issue of GNOME Journal!

Long time no blog..

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

It’s been an eventful couple of months and I haven’t had time to really blog or even get too much involved in GNOME. Those of you who I have interviewed and are expecting that article, I beg patience as I try to work out my sudden busy home and work life.

Work has been pretty painful with a lot of changes. We had layoffs about 3 weeks ago and luckily I didn’t get voted off the island. But there is still a lot of upheaval. It’s also hard to watch people you’ve known over 10 years be let go.

My wife has been looking for work and in her free time has been working on organizing our house. Of course that frequently means that as her designated partner-in-crime that I have been given oversight powers regardless of whether I want them or not!

I’ve almost finished one article and have about 3 more to finish before my labours are complete. I encourage others to write for the journal. I have a number of articles that I think would be good to write. If you’re interested, please contact me.

The other day, we had someone running for the Oregon legislature going door to door. He looked pretty frazzled and he started going through his scripted introduction with my wife. Until of course I came to the door. Over the past couple of years I’ve become much more political active or more accurately, politically aware. Probably has a lot to do with the party in charge these days. I gave him an earful about what I felt was wrong with Oregon/Country/World. He perked up a bit after that. We had some discussions on open source/free software and he was a big proponent of it. I think it’s a good bet that he might win the seat. I have a unique opportunity to apply some influence in oregon politics and push for more free software/desktop whatever.

Guadec es muy bein!

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

That’s as good as my spanish gets. It’s my first (and of course best) GUADEC for me. I’ve been having a great time finally meeting the people I’ve been talking and emailing since the early days of GNOME. So it’s been a great treat for me to be able to come and meet everyone.

Special shout out to the Imendio guys for the many nights of awesome fun!

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I’ll probably be coming back with some stuff to do it seems. But that’s alright.

Benjamin,

I’m not ignoring you, you bastard! Martyn.. you must admit I make a great model. I’m happy to model other bling. :-)