Came back yesterday from Zaragoza, where we had the III hackers meeting. It wasn’t as productive as I expected though I thought we could have had people working more intensively in fixing bugs, but only 2 bugs were solved, and very simple ones.
So, it’s clear that we’re doing something wrong. For the people already involved in GNOME (garnacho, kal, telemaco, tapia, juanan, dexem, etc), these meetings are productive, since we dedicate some time to hack on our already ongoing projects, we share ideas, and we have fun together at nights. But for new people, I think we really need some way of having them start working on bugs immediately, so that we can have this sort of weekends be real hacking days, and have them as GNOME contributors right after the weekend.
We talked about this during the weekend, and some possible solutions raised, like re-starting the IRC talks, so that we teach people how to hack before we get together on the weekend. Any other ideas for making these weekends more productive?
Apart from that, as always when meeting with the GNOME Hispano people, it was really fun, lots of laughs, good music (we went to a R&R bar in central Zaragoza on Saturday night), good food and, unfortunately, little sleep.
Also, one of the hopefully productive parts was about the book, since we talked about getting all people more committed to completing it, which is not much work, since we already have around 400 pages!. Hopefully people will respond to the challenge, so that the book is ready before GUADEC 2006 in Barcelona.