Back from GStreamer Conference 2012

Came back last evening from the GStreamer Conference and I am now back in Cambridge for the weekend. The GStreamer Conference was a lot of fun this year and it was great seeing everyone again. I think the mixture of talks we had this year was really good and I think everyone attending enjoyed themselves. For those who missed the conference this year then Phoronix and posted articles from the Conference. The talks where also recorded and will soon be available at the Ubicast GStreamer Conference website. We did try to get livestreaming going this year, but due to technical problems it didn’t work out, but maybe next year.

A big thank you again to our Gold Sponsor Collabora and our Silver Sponsors Entropy Wave, Fluendo, Igalia and Google. Thanks also goes to, Phoronix and Ubicast for making sure the talks and sessions at the GStreamer Conference can reach a wide an audience as possible. And last but not least a big thanks to all our conference speakers who took the time and effort to prepare presentations for this years GStreamer Conference.

For me personally the GStreamer Conference this year also marks the end of my life in Cambridge, UK. Starting from next week I will have completed my period of comuting to Brno, and will instead be living in Brno, Czech Republic on a permanent basis. Which reminds me, we are looking to hire more members to our Brno desktop engineering team, so I will be posting a blog soon outlining what kind of experience we are looking for.

Starting a new chapter

Having signed and sent of my contract I think the time has come to let the every one know that I am starting to work for what I think is a very cool company in just two Months, Red Hat. I have been a Red Hat and later Fedora user ever since I first tried Linux back in the late 90ties (by installing either 4.1 or 4.2 of Red Hat Linux), so it does feel like a bit of a homecoming for me. And in my opinion Red Hat is still what they where back then, the biggest driving force behind pushing linux and open source forward. And this is what I hope to be a part of by joining Red Hat, to play my part in continuing to push new innovations into the operating system and through that make it an even better choice for more and more users and organisations out there.

It is still with a bit of melancholy that I leave Collabora behind as I am very proud of the team we built there over the last five years. The amount of features and maturity we managed to put into GStreamer over those years and all the new usecases we managed to cover is quite amazing. But with Rob and Philippe at the helm I am sure the company will continue to prosper even without me.
I will of course continue to be a part of the GStreamer community and will be working with both Collabora and the GStreamer community for instance on organizing this years GStreamer Conference (hope to have the GStreamer Conference 2012 page up in a few days). So while I am now moving onto a new challenge I do not plan on leaving all the great people and friends I made behind, in fact since my new role at Red Hat will be as part of the Desktop team I will continue to haunt a lot of the same conferences and gatherings in the years to come :).

Also as part of this new job I will be moving to Brno in the Czech Republic, joining the 400 strong Red Hat team there. For me, the best thing about living in Brno, in addition to being a very nice city, is that it will allow me to put even more pressure on Jimmac to create a new icon for Transmageddon, as he will be living only a few hours away by car :)