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FISL, Maemo, GNOME, …

So, one week after FISL, I have time and energy to post something about it. I’ve been attending FISL for 4 years and I can say for sure this was the best edition ever in terms of content and organization. Of course, I’m a little bit biased by the fact this was my first time in Brazil since I moved to Finland. :-)

To my surprise, there were 4 Maemo-related talks/workshops in the agenda: my talk, Python in Maemo by Osvaldo Santana (INDT), Maemo development workshop by Osvaldo, and Tapioca & Telepathy intro by Daniel Carvalho (INDT).

The GNOME brazilian community meeting was great. As a result, we came out with there major actions:

  • GNOME Brasil website revamp. Migrate our current website to a wiki system hosted at softwarelivre.org in order to enable collaboration and decentralization on content creation.
  • GNOME promotion in Brazil. Produce, translate and reuse marketing material to use on small, medium and large free software conferences in Brazil. Also, we’ll trying to have more people giving talks and workshops about GNOME from the user and developer point of view.
  • Mapping GNOME users in Brazil. I’m sure Brazil is one of the biggest users of GNOME today. However, we don’t know anything about the organizations that are currently using GNOME all over the country. Some time ago, I gave this idea as a GNOME-wide activity but I got no response. Federico did something similar in the context of system administration info last year. So, we’ll be doing this only in Brazil for now.

It was nice to meet some heroes there: John, Alvaro, Jono, Jim, Aaron, and Keith. Specially, it was awesome to meet some of my best friends. Most of them are now working hard in a free software based services cooperative called Colivre.

GNOME @ Summer of Code 2007 – Update

It’s been a while since the Summer of Code 2007 started. So, it’s a
good time to give you a quick update about what’s been happening.

We received 174 applications this year – just a little bit less than
last year (181). The overall quality of the applications is good.
Therefore, we expect to have some really nice projects in 2007. :-)

As decided in the first GNOME SoC organization meeting, the final
list of chosen applications will be decided by a selection committee
composed by ~10 well-known GNOME community members. The selection
committee members were either invited by the SoC admins or explicitly
volunteered to be part of the committee.

The SoC selection committee is composed by:

  • Christian Kellner
  • Murray Cumming
  • Christian Schaller
  • Paolo Borelli
  • RaphaĆ«l Slinckx
  • Bryan Clark
  • Lucas Rocha
  • Federico Quintero
  • Shaun McCance
  • Behdad Esfahbod
  • Thomas Wood
  • Ryan Lortie
  • Vincent Untz

It’s good to remark that the participation of the community (with
ranking and valuable comments) has been helping us a lot. Thank you!

We are giving our best in the selection process and we expect to be
giving the results in the next couple days.

FISL2007

So, I’ll attend FISL this year. I’ll be giving a talk about Maemo and another about the latest news of GNOME. The latter is part of the GNOME brazilian community meeting where we’ll also have a talk by the pt_BR localization team and some discussion about marketing activities, how to bring more brazilian contributors to GNOME and so on. If you’re planning to attend FISL next week and love GNOME, you can’t miss it! :-)

I’m really excited about FISL this year because it will be a nice oportunity to go meet some of my best friends and nice free software people (well, those two groups overlap in many cases).

Hildon Desktop Plugin Howto

For those brave developers who are using Sardine to use/test/develop the bleeding edge Maemo stuff, this post is for you. :-)

Well, I’ve already shown before how to write Python plugins for Hildon Desktop. This time, I wrote a howto for writing C plugins for Hildon Desktop with the new GTypeModule-based API. All plugin types (Task Navigator, Status Bar and Home) are covered.

For those other super-brave developers who are building Hildon Desktop outside Scratchbox, it’s a good oportunity for you to test our plugin system and give some feedback, send patches, and report bugs.

The howto is available at:

  http://maemo.org/maemowiki/HildonDesktopPluginHowto

Go Go Go!