highlights of GUADEC 2010

  • I delayed GNOME 3.
  • People want me to break GTK even more. gtk_widget_draw(GtkWidget *widget, cairo_t *cr), here I come.
  • Caught Diego’s cold. So if I appeared particularly grumpy to you, this is probably the cause.
  • Emmanuele looks different.
  • It’s impressive how much you get done when the maintainer is on holidays.
  • I am the #4 GNOME contributor.
  • I contribute 50% more to GNOME than Canonical.
  • Comments on Greg’s rant. Some choice quotes:

    And Lennart’s code is any better than Upstart? I dunno man, I remember Pulse too well.

    Surprise, surprise, giving away CDs is not a viable business model.

    No mere mortal ever completes a Fedora install, while the Ubuntu guy is already … watching porn or whatever.


#1 nostra on 07.30.10 at 11:21

You rock! :)

#2 Harsh on 07.30.10 at 12:53

Or you could say Red Hat, a billion dollar revenue company, with thousands of employees contributes merely 10 times more than you. One person.

#3 Krits on 07.30.10 at 12:53

Why support David when you can support Goliath? Goliath clearly has a bigger footprint, and isn’t that what Gnome’s really about? Footprint.

#4 neo on 07.30.10 at 15:08


You could claim that but it is a false statement. Red Hat doesn’t make a billion dollars of revenue and even if it did, it makes nearly all that money from servers. Canonical claims to be a desktop focused company unlike Red Hat and yet Canonical is practically invisible in the GNOME community. Canonical insists on using bzr and launchpad instead of GNOME infrastructure creating their own island. This is not good for the GNOME community

#5 James on 07.30.10 at 17:43

@neo, Launchpad is great for users, though. A centralized system (with a single login!) for reporting a bug found anywhere on my desktop is very much preferable to the alternative. Tracking down each individual bug tracker and creating a new account for every project I happen to find a defect in? Not gonna happen.

I’m saying this as someone who has developed open source software, too. Upstream bug trackers need to _at least_ use OpenID if they want position themselves as an appealing alternative to Launchpad-loving users.

#6 Harsh on 07.30.10 at 17:54


The point is that Red Hat does so because they can afford to. They make more money. More money == more developers.

Every Distro has their own bugzilla/build portal. Launchpad is a little bit more ambitious that’s all.

As far as bzr goes. Canonical started that project LONG before the gnome folks decided on Git.

#7 John on 07.30.10 at 19:46

Red Hat makes 0.75 Billion in revenue. That’s still 25x more than Canonical make.

#8 Benjamin Otte on 07.30.10 at 19:58

If that number is true, Canonical makes at least 500x more than me. So they better up their game a bit.

#9 John on 07.30.10 at 20:04

That’s Red Hats fault for not paying you enough. :P

#10 nicu on 07.31.10 at 18:45

I had a really good laugh seeing those quotes.

…and thumbs up for your contributions to GNOME!

#11 Cristian Ciupitu on 08.02.10 at 21:06

@James: I’m still waiting for Launchpad to let me login using my OpenID.

#12 Yet another GUADEC post @ Eurion · RainCT’s Blog on 08.03.10 at 13:15

[…] again for the afterparty for ice cream and many games of pinball! On the way back to the hotel Benjamin explained me his secret plans for breaking […]