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GNOME at FOSDEM 2019

Earlier this month, the annual FOSDEM conference happened again at ULB, Bruxelles, Belgium. I had the opportunity to go there, man the GNOME booth, sell socks, and catch up with other GNOME contributors.

Prior to the conference I had booked La Chambre Haute, which is a great little rooftop apartment located in Etterbeek, around 1.7km from the FOSDEM venue. I arranged the apartment for sharing through the GNOME wiki and shared the apartment with fellow GNOMEies Florian, Tobias, Julian and Niclas. We had a really pleasant time there, including oriental cooking and hacking! I can recommend joining for FOSDEM 2020. ;-)

Me at GNOME's FOSDEM booth
Me at GNOME’s FOSDEM booth

At the FOSDEM booth we sold hoodies, t-shirts and lotsa socks. By Sunday we were almost out of stock for the socks, most socks remaining now being knee socks. At the booth I also got to see the Purism Librem 5 Dev kit running GNOME software – I’m excited to see how it’s coming along!

Thanks to GNOME Foundation for sponsoring the trip. See you next next year!

2019 – New directions

It has been a while since you’ve heard from me. My keyboard’s Q, W and E buttons broke, but that will not prvnt m from making som nois on this blog anyay!

Pencil and paper

Since August 2018 I have been attending a classical drawing course full time. The craft has given me a great foundation for understanding composition, value and color judgement and I feel much stronger in my ability to plan, judge and execute visual artwork. My hands are also much more willing to do what my mind imagines and my thought process has been thoroughly challenged and turned upside down by my teacher.

Click to find BastianIlso's studies on Pixelfed

You may click the picture above if you are curious to see some studies. All in all, I’m far from done with classical drawing and I still have much to learn. I have every intention of returning to the school and continuing my studies in the future!

Career

Back in August I posted about my finishing of my master’s degree and that I was looking for new opportunities. Since then I have been offered a position as research assistant at Aalborg University’s Interaction Lab which I after much consideration have accepted. This has since January 1st 2019 been my full time occupation and will continue to be until 2020. The department is nice and I’m happy to be surrounded by many bright heads around me I can discuss and learn from every day. I will mainly be occupied with HCI research around mobile interaction, virtual reality and health technology. Which brings me to a sadder point..

GNOME Release Videos Needs New Hands!

It’s hard for me to let go, but reason tells me that it is time to pass on the torch with release video production for the time being. 10 videos is a great round number and a good place for me to step down. None of them were ever a stand-alone project and I deeply thank everyone for their contributions, small and big! I’m far from convinced that I have hit the right magic release video flavor yet, but they require a large concentration of time that I no longer have on my hands to give. That said, get in touch if you are interested in being the next video production person! I will gladly supervise, pass on necessary details and give feedback in the process of it all. I’m unfortunately hard to get hold off on IRC/matrix these days, but quiet easy to get hold of on telegram and e-mail.

FOSDEM

This is not a goodbye post, let’s just make that clear. I’m going to FOSDEM to take care of the GNOME stand and I’m bringing lots of socks! I’m eager to meet all of you fellow GNOMEies again. I have arranged an apartment which I will be sharing with Tobias, Florian and Julian and I’m looking forward to it!

So all in all, lots of things. I’m in the middle of moving out of my student dormitory so there’s still stuff to do. Let’s see what else 2019 brings! Happy new year!

New Videos & New Opportunities

Flatpak 1.0 has released which is a great milestone for the Linux Desktop. I was asked at GUADEC whether a release video could be in place. In response, I spontaneously arranged to produce a voice-over with Sam during the GUADEC Video Editing BoF. Since then, I have been storyboarding, animating and editing the project in Blender. The music and soundscape has been produced by Simon-Claudius who has done an amazing job. Britt edited the voice-over and has lended me a great load of rendering power (thanks Britt!).

The Flatpak Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDVCITRWGgs

The GNOME 3.30 Release Video is also on its way, with release due at September the 5th. The video will be the 10th release video I have been involved since i started (time flies!).

Future

From 2019 I’ll be looking for full-time opportunities to continue working with UX, User Onboarding and Motion Graphics in FOSS (see also my website). This summer I graduated as MSc. Medialogy at Aalborg University in Denmark. Since then, I have been working for Aalborg University over the summer to design Learning Analytics UI. In parallel I have enrolled in The Drawing Academy to engage full-time in the visualization craft until 2019.

My past six years of world-wide remote collaboration to GNOME have been greatly rewarding. Apart from the release videos, I have designed the GNOME Newcomer Guide with Carlos, working on Polari UX in Google Summer of Code and most recently engaged in the Developer Center Initiative.

I am on the lookout for short-term or long-term occupation which allow me to continue my contributions in the GNOME and FOSS ecosphere.  Don’t be afraid to get in touch! :-)

Re: GUADEC Report

Hi Sébastien,

I am truly sorry if the discussion we had on developer documentation has upset you and contributed to your negative experience at GUADEC.

1. From my point of view there was nothing going wrong between you and me.

I remember we had a productive discussion at GUADEC. We found out that we have different opinions. For example, I you told me that you prefer books and written tutorials. I remember telling you that I like video tutorials. I think that in a future developer center, there can be space for both (See [1]).

2. I have not reported you to the code of conduct committee.

I remember an evening we sat at a café outside Civitas and you told me there was negative talk about you. When I heard this I got really confused because it came out of nowhere for me. I did not recall anyone saying “..asshole developers” in my presence at any point during GUADEC. I was being honest back then when I told you this.

I do remember that we went out to eat together on the evenings after our developer documentation discussion. We did not have so much to talk about but I thought it was natural. I am not are really the type of person who naturally can “set the line of conversation”. :-)

If you have any further doubts or questions about my behavior, please let me know.
If you had the impression that I was attacking or avoiding you, I really apologize deeply, this was never my intention.

-Bastian

[1] https://gitlab.gnome.org/Community/DeveloperPortal/issues/12

GUADEC 2018: BoF Days

Birds of a feather flock together..

Monday went with engagement BoF. I worked with Rosanna to finalize the annual report. Please help us proofread it! I have also started collecting information for the GNOME 3.30 release video. If you are  a developer and you have exciting features for GNOME 3.30, please add them to the wiki. The sooner you do it, the happier I am.

Tuesday went by with the GUADEC BoF where we reflected on the conference as a whole and identified pain points and how we might improve them. Afterwards, glorious sandcastles were made at the Sandcastle BoF.

Wednesday morning I hosted the Developer Center BoF. It was a productive session where we identified what the developer experience currently consists of, the possible audiences, the variables coming into play, challenges, stakeholders who might be interested in its development and developers centers by other projects equally sized like GNOME. I’ll write a blog post summarizing the BoF soon.

In the afternoon me and Sam recorded audio in preparation for a possible Flatpak Release Video and Britt helped mastering it. I also helped the GUADEC Video Editing BoF with generating intros and outtros for this year’s GUADEC videos.

GUADEC is over and I am going home tomorrow. But there is a lot of stuff coming up in July for me. The GNOME annual report needs final review and publishing. We plan to have a developer center call in the by end of July (if you are interested in participating, please  mark your availability here.) We also expect to make a Hackfest for the Developer Center after FOSDEM. And I have the GNOME release video and Flatpak release video on my to do list.  GUADEC has been productive and I hope I can work on some of these projects in my free time (help is welcome!).

Thanks to the local team and all volunteers at GUADEC for a great conference!

 

 

GUADEC 2018 Day 3

Day 2 ended with a guided tour inside the Alcazaba of Almería.

Surprisingly, the castle tour featured an exciting belly dance and a bonus theater show starring GNOME’s legendary actors.

Day 3 had plenty of talks like the other days – but I decided to spent it working with Britt on the annual report.

Lastly, lightning talks took place by the end of the day, I spoke about my experience starting Open Source Aalborg (Download PDF Slideshow).

(all picture are CC-BY-SA 4.0, by me)

GUADEC 2018 Day 2

Yesterday ended with a cozy party at the beach with opportunity for swimming in the ocean and in ice cream. Today, GUADEC Registration and one conference room moved to a new building.

I volunteered as chair conference room all day and saw many exciting talks with many topics such as System76, GJS, Translation and testing.

We had breaks with tea, coffee and delicious eaties sponsored by Slimbook and Codethink.

GUADEC was also in today’s local newspaper – we finally made it to mass media folks!

The conference day ended off with GNOME’s Annual General Meeting which is a great opportunity to reflect on GNOME vision and the amazing progress we are making to achieve it.

(All pictures are CC-BY-SA 4.0 and taken by me)

GUADEC 2018 Day 1

At 8.30 i took off Thursday morning to start my journey to Almería. I took the plane to Madrid and had 1 hour to get hold of a taxi and reach a train taking me to Almería. There I was fortunate to meet Julian and Tobias who were hacking on Fractal and making mockups.

We arrived 10.30 in the evening at Civitas for pre-registration. I met up with my roommate Niclas, who is also from Open Source Aalborg  (Denmark) like myself. The day after started with tomato spread on bread.

Everyone gathered to get with the bus and we arrived to the university.

GUADEC was kicked off in a big hall with Nuritzi, the GNOME Foundation president on stage.

After watching a couple of talks I had volunteered for the infodesk and helped giving attendees lunch tickets.

Of course, I also brought the socks and the GUADEC team had this year’s GUADEC t-shirts for sale.

This wraps up todays’ events for me. I’ve already managed to chat with many GNOMEies again and I’m looking very forward to the next days!

(All pictures are CC-BY-SA 4.0 by me).

Coming Up: GUADEC 2018, Annual Report 2017 & Release Video 3.30

Now that my master’s thesis is over,  I finally have time to make some noise in here again!

GUADEC 2018

GUADEC is coming up and I’m super excited for it! My hand luggage will be packed with socks and I plan on becoming a red shirt again this year, as is tradition. I can recommend volunteering to anyone who has tried attending GUADEC before, it is an excellent way to get to know some fellow conference attendees.

This GUADEC I also plan helping with the newcomer initiatives, very possibly including a newcomer workshop. I have also volunteered to help making intros and outtros for the recorded talks.

Annual Report

The Engagement team delivers an annual report every year and this year it will cover what happened from October 2016 to September 2017. I have volunteered to do the layout and you can follow it’s progress in the Annual Report 2017 Finalization Gitlab issue. Any help on fixing the last few TODO items in there would be appreciated!

Release Video for GNOME 3.30

GNOME 3.30 is scheduled to release on the 5th September 2018. With GUADEC coming up I want to shift focus onto the release video and collect as much information about new features as possible while I have the opportunity to talk to our awesome GNOME developers face-to-face.

If you could be interested in helping me prepare the 3.30 release video, please follow this gitlab issue for updates. I will continuously update the issue as I and others make progress. With this issue, I hope it is easier for everyone to track the release video development and participate! Let me know if you are interested in helping. Thanks!

GNOME at FOSS North

FOSS North is a nordic free software conference happening annually in Gothenburg, Sweden. I have attended most of them since it started. It is no more than a ferry ride away from me and I also enjoy the conference size. Bastien and Kat coordinated that the event box was sent to my address in good time. Additionally, Nuritzi and Carlos sent additional GNOME stickers which I packed down along with some 20 pairs of GNOME Socks in various sizes.

The Stenaline Ferry. (CC-BY-SA 4.0)

During the conference I was staying with Andreas and had a great time. The first day at FOSS North was just half a day, but on the second day we set up the GNOME booth. As per tradition, we had booth right next to KDE which is always a great opportunity to chat and make jokes on social media. I’m really happy to help GNOME being present even at events which have smaller scale than FOSDEM and I’m looking forward to the next FOSS North already.

The GNOME Booth at FOSS North (CC-BY-SA 4.0)
GNOME Merchandise at FOSS North (CC-BY-SA 4.0)

After FOSS North we went to a User Experience event focusing on people’s attitude towards technologies of the future. I was particularly caught by Sara’s talk where she showed her use of collages to dive into users’ tacit knowledge and desires.

UX Meetup (CC-BY-SA 4.0)

All in all a great trip. It seems that I am carrying lots of GNOME merchandise currently (event box, posters, stickers, leftover shirts, socks..) so if there is any conference where you think it would nice to have GNOME present, let me know and we can look into it!