domenica 29 luglio 2012

Halfway through GUADEC

Unbelievable, I made to end of the first part of GUADEC without mental or physical injury.
No I'm kidding, so far it has been awesome, with plenty of interesting talks around GNOME technologies, it's history, community and vision for the future. Not to mention talking to all GNOME hackers, both of tech stuff and random small talk :)
Outside of the conferences, we had the Intern Games (an awesome idea by Diego), and we won them! :D

So a big thanks to the GNOME foundation for sponsorship!

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mercoledì 25 luglio 2012

A Coruña UX Hackfest

This Is Just Cool.
I've never been to an hackfest before, but I must say it's amazing, finally meeting and getting to know the people behind GNOME personally. I mean, we did have our amount of tech discussion, some of it got quite heated, but in the end we reached a constructive conclusion on every point, which is not at all bad. Talking with designers face to face makes it very clear that yeah, they know what their doing!

The plan was to deal with file management and in the overview search (first day), and initial setup experience (second day, that is, today). We completely redesigned Nautilus toolbar and menus (again!) and we streamlined the Gtk file chooser, integrating content selection across the OS. Because what is clear, we want to build an OS, top-down, and we will get there, at some point.

Right now is blogging break (or gnome memes break really), so I'd like to take advantage of it to thank the companies the sponsored the event:

Also, I got a Red Hat sticker, that looks just so better than the Windows 7 logo next to it. I'm hoping to get one from Igalia too!

domenica 15 luglio 2012

Halfway there! (GSoC "weekly" report)

So here we are, at the Midterm Evaluation checkpoint.
I must say I'm satisfied with how the project ended up so far. I would consider it feature complete now, and code review has begun, both in gdm (with Ray Strode churning through the long patchset and turning the old code base into something quite nice) and in gnome-shell (thanks to my mentor Marina and to the never stopping Jasper).
Also, compared to the last update, I finished the planned features, of which the most prominent is the PIN authentication, that is a touch friendly replacement for passwords, only meant for local logins. Obligatory screenshot:

This final part, while implemented and working here, may not be ready for 3.6, as it is a bit unstable, and the required configuration bits are not there yet.

My plan now? First of all, rebasing all this on the new libgdm (which will require some work to get a testing environment). Then I hope to land this right after 3.5.4, and showcase it at the GUADEC. Because, just in case I forgot:

I will be speaking during the Lightning Talks session, so if you are interestered, don't miss them!