Jump In, the Water’s Fine

Wow, 18 months since my last blog post.

Truth is, the day job’s great, but it involves a lot of good, meaty programming, and the weekends are full of football and giving the sig. oth. sufficient care and attention. This means that I’ve hardly had time or motivation to do anything GNOME related for quite a while, save for the occasional Chromium/Linux patch. Up until now, I’ve tried to keep this blog for my GNOME-facing side, since (last I looked) it was syndicated on planet.gnome.org.ย Since I haven’t had anything GNOME related to say, I haven’t said anything at all (as opposed to, for example, ranting about how the opposite of “find” is spelled “lose”, not “loose”).

The day job is working for Google, and in particular on Google Wave (and also some work on Gears). As Google Wave is maturing, we’ve reached the stage where I have a limited number of account invites to give away. I’d like to invite some people from the GNOME community to try it out, and I’m asking for nominations, in the comments, for who those people should be.

Suggestions should be for a small group of people (say, 5 to 10, or possibly more), rather than for a particular individual. I think that the most benefit would come to a team that are often faced with having to choose between e-mail (so that the team will read it) and wiki pages (so that the team can collaboratively edit it), but want both.

So, dear interwebs, who should it be?

P.S. It should go without saying that this is my personal blog, and the views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.


#1 Pedro on 09.30.09 at 10:01 pm

Should this nomination include a long term GNOME user and a short term Google Ghrome user? In this case I should nominate me! I’m proprietary of a small business and we are willing to use Google Wave to help the development job. ๐Ÿ™‚

#2 Benjamin Otte on 09.30.09 at 10:08 pm

In case they don’t have accounts yet, I think the webkit-gtk people would be very happy to get some, so they can make sure webkit-gtk and the browser (Epiphany, Midori) work fine with it when it comes out.

#3 silwol on 09.30.09 at 10:24 pm

I would suggest webkit-devs just as benjamin suggested, and also empathy/telepathy devs for a great integration.

#4 gus on 09.30.09 at 10:30 pm

You should give away invitations to everyone registered in bugzilla, you have unlimited invitations, no ?

#5 gus on 09.30.09 at 10:31 pm

forgive me….

#6 Paul Cutler on 09.30.09 at 11:13 pm

Nigel, thanks for the opportunity.

I’d like to suggest the GNOME Documentation team, including some folks like Shaun McCance, Milo Casagrande, Phil Buill and myself. We are collaborating on the new user guide, and have been using the wiki for topic brainstorming and IRC and email for communication.

Thanks again!


#7 Dread Knight on 09.30.09 at 11:26 pm

Hello! Would be really cool if you could provide me with an invitation. I’m a foss fanatic, Google lover and indie game developer. I’ve been waiting for something like Wave for years now and I’m really glad it’s happening.

I started a foundation a while ago, developing free open source games, that are cross platform and would work just fine on Linux as well on Mac and Windows…. and we’re looking forward to use Wave for our community (we have a BBpress now, not very active because I consider it temporary… and had a pretty big and active community a while ago, using phpBB, but the server crashed and we lost the stuff, so I don’t want any more drawbacks like that and Im usually looking for great tools which are simple and intuitive, we’re rather active on our IRC channel atm, #FreezingMoon on Freenode server).

You can see part of the documentation/artwork/3d assets on our website, but keep in mind that there’s way more stuff happening than you can see there, but anyway:


I already applied for Wave a few months ago, using 2 email addresses (dk.vali@gmail.com and DreadKnight@FreezingMoon.org). I hope you’ll help us out building an open source game-dev related community ๐Ÿ˜‰ Linux needs it!

#8 venky80 on 10.01.09 at 1:05 am

Hey man I am a long time KDE supporter, and have been using linux for along long time, I appreciate your efforts for FOSS.
Now regarding my request, since you work for google wave, do you have a spare invite..;)

#9 tretle on 10.01.09 at 2:43 am

Although I would love an invite I think he has made it clear that he is sending them to gnome developers not users or sporadic coders.
I think he wants to do this to gain input from developers on what its like to use google wave as a means of communication with each other rather than irc and thus help make google wave better for the development use case.

#10 tretle on 10.01.09 at 2:47 am

I think you should give Paul Cutler and the documentation team the invites.
I can see the wiki being used more in conjunction to irc then any other development team I can think of.

#11 David on 10.01.09 at 3:10 am

Invite those who have the greatest likelihood of integrating Wave into GNOME. After all, both are The Future.

#12 Sander on 10.01.09 at 3:15 am

Thank you for the tab-strip scroll wheel support! It makes Chrome/Linux very pleasant to use, and I miss it when working in Chrome/Windows.

Being a Gnoogler, where do you personally see the GNOME desktop heading in the future, while companies like yours try to move computing to the Web?

#13 Sense Hofstede on 10.01.09 at 3:41 am

I would also like to nominate the documentation team. I don’t have anyone specifically in mind, but I think they would benefit the most from the use of Wave.
Until Wave gets code highlighting support and VCS integration, it would make more sense to send the invitations to people that write in human language.

#14 Michael on 10.01.09 at 7:12 am

I would vote for telepathy team, and for webkit too ( in fact, collabora people, and I am not one of them, not even remotely linked to them ).

#15 Bertrand on 10.01.09 at 7:50 am

I would suggest me…. no ?? ๐Ÿ™

You sure?? For the love of ponies and butterflies, please…

#16 Dread Knight on 10.01.09 at 8:01 am

Telepathy is awesome, but screw it!
See the bigger image: I think Gnome should have it’s own Wave, just like KDE has it’s phpBB board at forum.kde.org

This about it! ๐Ÿ˜›

#17 Sriram Ramkrishna on 10.01.09 at 2:33 pm

I think Ishould have it, cuz.. shut up, that’s why! Just kidding. I think the decision is up to you on who would benefit most from google wave.

#18 Larry Reaves on 10.06.09 at 9:52 am

How about the Tomboy team… if they have the interest/time. I think a google wave integration for notes would be very interesting…. or maybe one of the lower level library teams to aid in integrating it across the platform.

#19 Dread Knight on 10.12.09 at 9:00 am

Thanks for the nomination ๐Ÿ™‚

#20 Dread Knight on 10.12.09 at 9:00 am

Thanks for the nomination ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a total of 3.. so I just got my actual invitation today, woot!

#21 Johannes Steidl on 11.24.09 at 9:36 am

are there still invites left? am still looking …

#22 Andrew on 01.15.10 at 12:33 pm

Hi Nigel,

When are you goign to release a new version of Superswitcher?. Did you know you have many features requests, this little app have many fans…


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