Another Two Sponsors

The GUADEC team are pleased to announce another two sponors! Maemo are sponsoring at Gold level this year, and ACCESS are sponsoring for the first time at Silver level. Many thanks to both these organisation for their support of GUADEC this year!


MaemoGold Sponsor

Maemo provides an open source development platform for Nokia Internet Tablets and other Linux-based devices. It is build from components widely used in open desktop and mobile/embedded systems. The Maemo SDK contains the tools needed to create and port integrated applications, replicating the Internet Tablet environment in a PC. offers official tutorials, documentation and repositories of unstable versions for testing. The website enables more services devoted to and maintained by the Maemo community: software catalog, project hosting, documentation wiki, Planet news plus mail and IRC support channels.


ACCESSSilver Sponsor

ACCESS, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, is an active member of the open source community, and participates in the GNOME Mobile & Embedded Initiative, the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board, the Linux Phone Standards Forum and the Linux Foundation.

With research and engineering centers throughout the world and an established culture that emphasizes and nurtures innovation and creativity, ACCESS delivers unique solutions that bring value to its customers and partners and which help make people’s lives easier, more productive, and more enjoyable.

Contacts 0.5


Contacts 0.5 has been released! You can grab it from the brand new pimlico-project website.

Contacts is a small, lightweight addressbook that uses libebook, part of EDS. This is the same library that GNOME Evolution uses, so all contact data that exists in your Evolution addressbook is accessible via Contacts.

Overview of Changes in 0.5 (since 0.4)

  • Don’t hide any fields in view mode and sort them by priority
  • Display errors on adding/editing contacts (bug 248)
  • Fix memory leaks
  • Added birthday field (bug 201)
  • New icon
  • Fix groups list if there are no initial contacts or groups
  • Pass the parent window to the about callback (bug 256)
  • Fix problems adding the first ever group
  • New translations: Norwegian Bokmal, Polish

First Gold and Another Silver

Straight from the “wow-that-was-quick” department, I have another two sponsors to announce.

The GUADEC team are pleased to announce the first gold sponsor for GUADEC 2007 is the Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation (previously OSDL) are renewing their sponsorship from last year, further enforcing their commitment to Open and Free software projects.

Canonical/Ubuntu will be sponsoring GUADEC at silver level for the first time this year. Canonical/Ubuntu is a very big user of GNOME software, so we are particulary pleased that they are confirming their commitment to supporting the GNOME project.

The Linux Foundation

Gold Sponsor

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007 by the merger of the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards Group, it sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms.


Silver Sponsor

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is a global organisation headquartered in Europe committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class 24×7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical’s global support team and partners. Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem.

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To learn about commercial support for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu, please see For more information visit or Version 3

I was quite pleased about the response to my Google Summer of Code idea to build version 3 of Even better was that three or four students applied to work on the project, and better still was that one of the applications was accepted!

So a big congratulations to Bruno Santos (pheres on irc) for his great application. He’s now been hanging out in #gnome-art on, meeting some of the regulars and discussing ideas. He’s started his own blog about the project, which I hope will be included in this years SoC planet (if there is one?).

Many thanks to all those who took an interest in my project. I hope can now become a real community website for artists in and around the GNOME project.

Three More Sponsors for Guadec

Ready everyone, it’s BIG SPONSOR LOGOS TIME (again)!

The GUADEC team are happy to announce a further three more sponsors have been confirmed for this year’s GUADEC. Intel and Fluendo are sponsoring at Silver level and renewing their sponsorship again from last year. Collabora are sponsoring GUADEC for the first time this year, also at silver level. A big thank you to all three of them for their support of GUADEC.


Collabora Ltd. is a Cambridge, UK based company specialising in open source development. With expertise in both real-time communications and open-source technologies including XMPP, SIP, RTP, D-Bus, GStreamer and Gtk+, it specialises in bringing companies and the open source software community together. Collabora provides clients, including Nokia and OLPC, with the knowledge, experience and infrastructure to meet their targets whilst allowing them to be an integral part of the open source community. Collabora has created a network of open source engineers from Europe and North America, and continues to expand this web further to include talented developers from around the world.


Fluendo logo

Fluendo is a company specialized in delivering products and consulting services on Unix and Linux multimedia. Their flagship product is the streaming media server Flumotion. Fluendo supports the development of the GStreamer multimedia framework, which is emerging as the standard media framework on Unix and Linux platforms. This company, based in Barcelona, is heavily involved in various aspects related to GUADEC, like the coordination of the video coverage.


Intel logo

This year 100 million people around the world will discover digital for the first time. This year 150 million more people will become part of the wireless world. This year the living room will grow more interactive and the digital divide will shrink. This year more people will be using technology in more fascinating ways than ever imagined. And behind all of this progress you’ll find innovative Intel® technology. For decades, Intel Corporation has developed technology enabling the computer and Internet revolution that has changed the world. Intel® Software Development Products for Linux allow you to harness the power of on-chip technologies to deliver maximum application performance on Intel® processors. Intel® Software Development Products for Linux are compatible with industry-leading development environments and are backed by Intel® Premier Support to keep you developing with confidence. Visit us at

Two More Sponsors for GUADEC

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Two more sponsors have been confirmed, both very involved in GTK+ and FOSS development. They are OpenedHand and Imendio, both sponsoring at silver level. Many thanks to them both for their continued support of GUADEC!


OpenedHand Limited creates, adapts and improves Unix and Linux based open source software for consumer facing mobile and embedded devices. OpenedHand’s expertise has been utilised by some of the worlds leading device manufacturers to help develop high-quality cutting edge products. As well as providing client services, OpenedHand develops unique free software in-house and contributes to numerous FOSS communities including,, the Linux kernel, OpenEmbedded, GNOME and GTK.


Imendio is a small European company with a core of expert developer profiles. One of their strongest competencies is in the GTK+ libraries, which is a graphics library collection that can be used on Windows, MacOSX and Linux. Imendio provides hacking skills refined and enhanced by a long running involvement in the open software development sector. Over the years a skill base unmatched by the competition has attracted large customers. Imendio has also a strong involvement in the GNOME community and Foundation.

Theme Previews

This bug has been sitting in bugzilla for a while (read: nearly four years). Does anyone have any ideas on a better preview for the theme manager? I’m really looking for any artists to have a go at something that is simple but effective. Ideally it would display font sizes, several controls, the window border, some icons and the background image. It’s obviously not easy to fit all this information into a small preview without it looking cluttered or ugly!