GNOME deployments? We need to know about that…

One of the “ongoing” activities of the Marketing Team is Collect and document GNOME deployments. It seems the list of deployments we have today doesn’t correspond to reality. For example, I’m sure Brazil has much more than 4 cases. There lots of people using and loving GNOME right now and we just don’t know anything about them.

Based on a Jeff post about the The Red Phone, I had the idea of a big “institutional” campaign to gather more and better information about the successful GNOME deployment cases around the world.

This campaign (in practice) would involve:

  • A w.g.o front page banner
  • An official announcement (that local groups would spread around free software related websites and mailing lists in several languages)
  • A translatable web page with general information about the campaign with a form or list of contacts for deployment report submission. I thought about the following required information for each submission:
    • Title
    • Deployer type (company, education, digital inclusion, NGO, etc.)
    • Summary
    • Full description (organizations involved, background, human interest, personalities and hopes – as suggested by murraycWe want believable, compelling stories.)
    • Number of users/Number of computers
    • Technical information (distribution used, specific GNOME Desktop configuration details)
    • Photos (links)
    • Testimonials (from users, local authorities, IT people, etc.)

These deployment cases could be on Front Page as planned for the new w.g.o (Happy users enjoying GNOME in various cool ways). Also, they can provide initial contacts for future GNOME Journal articles.

Knowing who is using the software we develop is a very important step for the 10×10 goal because succesful deployments bring more respectability and trust on GNOME.

Comments?

2.16 Plans

I’ve just posted the EOG and Zenity 2.16 plans. Have look, assign to some task, give some love to GNOME! :-)

I’m happy to see that my post about new contributors barriers had some influence on the Gnome Goals. Nice!

The article submission deadline for the 8th issue of Gnome Journal is April 1st. Don’t lose it! GJ is always waiting for new writers with good articles!

23 days before the III Fórum GNOME and 7th Fórum Internacional Software Livre. Don’t forget to tell us you’re coming!

Want a complete and free (as in freedom) GoogleTalk client?

Wikipedia defines Tapioca as…

…a woody Shrub of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge family) that is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrate.

But for INdT guys Tapioca is…

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The lastest release brings full interoperability (SIP + Jabber) with GoogleTalk. Also, there’s a very nice client (which needs some UI love). Experiment it! Installation guide is here.

GNOME 2.14 & Stuff

GNOME 2.14 released!

After six months of hard work of contributors from all over this beaultiful planet, GNOME 2.14 is released! Big thanks to all the people who contributed to this awesome release! GNOME is powered by multitude!

Cooking

I and Carol bought the recipes book. So, we tried to cook some nice home-made bread. Our plan was to prepare some basic french bread and fogazza. Well, this project really failed. The result was a lot of hard-definitely-not-tasty bread! Some days later, we prepared a delicious chocolate pie which made us keep believing that we’re capable of doing some nice food.

EOG and Zenity

I released EOG and Zenity 2.14.0 yesterday. Working on these litle GNOME modules has been very nice and funny. I’ll bring some 2.16 plans for them soon.

III Fórum GNOME

As most of you probably already know (from the gnome.org front page), the III Fórum GNOME will happen as a community event of the 7th Fórum Internacional Software Livre (FISL) on April 19-22, at Porto Alegre/RS. FISL is the biggest free software event in Latin America. GNOME dudes, this is a very good motive to come to Brazil! For this 3rd edition, the Fórum GNOME will have talks from GNOME popstars Jeff “perky pants” Waugh and Nat Friedman and of course from other vivid brazilian contributors. See our official site.

GNOME Journal & Behind the Scenes

As you probably saw, I launched the Behind the Scenes series on the latest GNOME Journal issue. The idea is to bring to the public the “human” side of our community with funny and informative profiles from people who contribute to GNOME. I created a wiki page to organize ideas about the interview itself and the potential interviewee candidates. As always, I’m accepting contributions. GJ had more than 120.000 visits on march! See GJ stats page.

III Festival Software Livre Bahia

The III Festival Software Livre da Bahia is the event of the free software addicted/enthusiasts people from Bahia. It will happen on August 24-26 at Lauro de Freitas/BA, a city near Salvador. There’s an open call for papers (in portuguese). See the event website.

New Me

I’ve got some new glasses! Now I look like a modern designer! Good bye Harry Potter look! :-)

Nice web things

Two weeks ago I started to use some well-know services on web: Digg (story sharing), del.icio.us (bookmarks sharing) and Last.fm (music profiling). See my Last.fm profile here. The profile says that my favorite genres are jazz, acid jazz and brazilian music. Oh, that’s totally right! My latest listenings: