The GStreamer team is pleased to announce that the
The GStreamer Conference takes place on 22-23 October in Edinburgh (UK),
the second beta release of the GNOME 3.9 development cycle is finally here!
With this release we are officially now in “The String Freeze”  (that
– String Freeze: no string changes may be made without co…
[note: sorry for the delay]
= Minutes for August 20th, 2013, 16:00 UTC =
== Next Meeting ==
* Tuesday, September 3nd, 2013, 16:00 UTC
== Attending ==
* Rosanna Yuen
The GStreamer team is pleased to announce another bug-fix release for the
Check out the release notes for
The GStreamer team is pleased to announce a new development release with feature additions for the API and ABI-stable 1.x series of the GStreamer multimedia
Check out the release notes for
The GStreamer team announces another maintenance bug-fix release of liborc,
Important bugfix in reading constants from bytecode
the first beta release of the GNOME 3.9 development cycle is here!
- UI Freeze: No UI changes should be made without prior cons…
GUADEC, the GNOME annual European conference, wrapped up last week in Brno, Czech Republic. Over the course of the core conference days, there was a total of 42 talks on a range of subjects, including technological developments and plans, design, and…
GUADEC 2013, GNOME’s annual European conference, just finished in Brno (Czech Republic). The event was a huge success. Hundreds of contributors participated, including volunteers, interns, and the employees of many companies. The schedule had a high q…
GUADEC 2013 has been a blast. We talked, we planned and we worked. We met old friends and we made some new ones. We had 42 talks, two sessions of lightning talks, two parties, 15 working sessions, three hackfests, a football match, a city tour, a Cre…
The final core day of GUADEC began with a keynote by Cathy Malmrose. Cathy is CEO of ZaReason, which sells computers pre-installed with Linux. She talked about the goals of ZaReason: to provide beautiful, high-end computers that can be freely used. ZaReason machines are used by FedEx, NASA’s jet propulsion labs and Stanford’s AI Lab, among many others, and uses local shops for assembly and support.
Cathy spoke passionately about the affinity between ZaReason and GNOME, and her desire for a closer working relationship. She said: “To thrive F/LOSS must be part of the hardware chain. Hardware & software must work together.” For her, GNOME has all the pieces and has produced an incredibly valuable codebase that she wants to support.
Then it was time for talks. Juan Pablo Ugarte presented CSS support in the Glade interface designer. There were cheers when he revealed that he had created his presentation slides – which included animated backgrounds – purely using Glade, which even let him export to PDF. Alejandro Piñeiro Iglesias and Joanmarie Diggs also spoke about their work on PDF tagging, which improves formatting and accessibility.
Stef Walter’s “More secure with less ‘security’” provoked an extremely positive reaction. He talked about plans to improve the security of GNOME software while also enhancing the user experience. As Stef talked, the auditorium Twitter wall filled up with comments like “A sudden outbreak of common sense!” and “Stef talks gold”. At the same time, Anish Patil and Mike Fabian gave a talk on their recent predictive input methods, which allows an input method to automatically complete words as the user types. They described how necessary it is to have effective features like this for parts of the world like indea, where there are more than 25 languages.
After lunch, Martin Robinson gave a talk on the work done to integratie WebKit2 into GNOME for version 3.8. This was a major undertaking, and brought new features and enhancements to the platform. Martin and Carlos discussed some of these, and gave advice to application authors on how to best take advantage of them. In the other room, Marta Maria Casetti presented her work to produce guides and tutorials for new programmers working with GNOME technologies. Giving his second talk of the conference, Jeff Fortin presented the latest development work on PiTiVi, a GNOME video editor application.
The end of the day – and the final session of the core days – was interns’ lightning talks. A large audience gathered to hear about the many projects that have been undertaken by interns on the Outreach Program for Women and Google Summer of Code. A huge number of topics were covered, including dual screen presentation mode in Evince, a new GNOME avatar picker dialog, work on geolocation support, PitiVi, GCompris, redesigned Date & Time settings, a new Maps application, focus and caret tracking in the screen magnifier feature, a new sound recorder application, a major upgrade to Cantarell (the GNOME font), porting color management to Wayland, folder encryption support in Nautilus, search and selections in the new Music application and an F-Spot faces tool. There was a round of applause when we heard that one of the interns has taken over maintainership of the GNOME Dictionary. We also saw the return of Richard Schwarting’s Foxy mascot.
As the core day came to a close, the conference organizers took to the stage and were given a huge standing ovation for all their work. Many of the conference attendees then embarked on a walking tour of Brno, which gave them a chance to see some more of the city and learn its history.
Photos courtesy of Garrett LeSage.
We are happy to announce that the schedule for this years GStreamer Conference in San Diego, USA is available. You can find out more about the conference and schedule on the GStreamer Conference page. This year in addition to a lot of interesting tal…
GUADEC is still going here in Brno. The conference has switched modes from days of presentations to a busy schedule of working sessions. This is the first of our reports on what happened over the weekend, starting with Saturday 3rd August.
The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting proposals to host the GNOME.Asia
There’s a motto in the GNOME Project: “GNOME is people”. GUADEC is the best place to experience that first hand: it is our chance to spend time with and enjoy the company of contributors. Meet GUADEC 2013.
GNOMEtters & GNOMErs, the latest development update before our planned freezes and beta release for GNOME 3.1o is finally available. I know, better and bigger things are now happening in Brno, but allow me to introduce you one or two changes. This is the first release including GStreamer 1.1 with feature additions for the API and ABI of our favourite multimedia framework. We have an updated geolocalization framework, with a rewritten geocode-glib and the initial release of geoclue2 too. This means... Yes, GNOME Maps is finally available for your pleasure and testing. Other noticeable changes include support to RFKill for Linux systems, no more password prompt for Google calendars, redesign for Universal Access panel in System Settings and the ability for all your mortal beings to win a GNOME chess game ;-) More details about all changes and news are available here: * core: http://download.gnome.org/core/3.9/3.9.5/NEWS * apps: http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.9/3.9.5/NEWS The GNOME 3.9.5 release itself is available here: * core sources: http://download.gnome.org/core/3.9/3.9.5/ * apps sources: http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.9/3.9.5/ JHBuild moduleset to compile GNOME 3.9.5 by hand are available here: * http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.9.5/ Next stop mark is August 22, with our beta release. WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! This release is a snapshot of early development code. Although it is buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development status. For more information about 3.9, the full schedule, the official module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colourful 3.9 page: http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see http://wiki.gnome.org/Schedule ——– Happy coding and testing, Luca, in the behalf or release team.
The temperature rose once again in Brno today. Thirsty hackers were seen sheltering in the shade, while the local conference team shipped in extra water for all the participants.
The day began with our second keynote of the conference, by Matt Dalio from Endless. Matt spoke passionately about bringing computers to the billions in the world who lack access to them, and his plans to utilize GNOME technologies to do so. It was an inspiring talk, which got an extremely positive response from the audience. During the talk, the stories of real people who currently don’t have access to computers and the internet were told, and Matt challenged the GNOME community to develop our software with their needs in mind.
After the keynote, we once again hit the track rooms for another day of talks.
First up, Emmanuele Bassi spoke about the future of Clutter, while in the other room, Tim-Phillip Müller talked about “What’s cooking in GStreamer”. Emmanuele talked about the current difficulties experienced by both Clutter and GTK+, and the plan to resolve these by merging them. The plan is to make Clutter internal an internal scene graph for GTK+. Emmanuele also issued a health warning for those searching for slide images on the internet. Since the GTK+ hackfest in April, some progress has been made here.
Tim-Phillip described progress within the GStreamer project. He announced that the 1.2 release will be on time for GNOME 3.10, and that 1.4 will bring fewer new features, but more cleanup, QA, polishing and documentation improvements.
GTK+ was a theme for today’s talks. After Emmanuele, Tristan van Berkom spoke about the UI developer experience with Glade/GTKBuilder. One of his key messages: “a good developer experience is one which reduces the steps involved in creating software.” He demonstrated his recent work with template widgets. We also heard about new work that will allow drag and drop repositioning of controls, and a demo of this raised a big round of applause. Matthias Clasen also gave a talk on GTK+, and showed the audience how to create a new application using GTK+3. This used the standard documentation which is supplied with GTK+, which provides a straightforward step-by-step tutorial
In one of the last sessions of the day, Benjamin Otte gave his talk, called “GTK: To Infinity and Beyond”. He talked more about the plans described in Emmanuele’s talk, and spoke about the plans for the future. According to Benjamin, our new GTK+ widgets have well thought out APIs and are well tested. He also spoke about plans to ensure stability in GTK+ in the future.
Wayland was another theme for the day. Robert Bradford gave a talk on Wayland, “the future of Linux graphics”. That was followed by a Wayland panel discussion, which included Robert, Owen Taylor and Kristian Høgsberg. Here there was much talk of the future and ongoing work to have GNOME 3 and applications running on the new display manager. Many of the details are being worked out, and GNOME is expected to be running on Wayland in the near future.
Finally, we had the annual GNOME Foundation Annual General Meeting. Karen Sandler (the GNOME Foundation Executive Director) opened by welcoming new Foundation members, and encouraged everyone to attend the question and answer session with the Board of Directors on Sunday.
Reports were given by each of the GNOME teams. Allan Day (design team), the Release Team (Andre Klapper), the Bugsquad (Andre Klapper) accessibility (by Juanjo Marin), localization (Petr Kovar), websites (Andreas Nilsson and Fabiana Simões), the membership committee (also Fabiana Simões), marketing (Emily Gonyere), outreach (Marina Zhurakhinskaya), system administration (Andrea Veri) and documentation (Sinhdu Sundar).
There was lots of interesting news during the presentations…
After that we had presentations from our new treasurer and Karen Sandler. And finally, the annual pants award was presented to Allan Day. We expect to see him wearing them for the rest of the conference.
Here it comes my intention to bid for GUADEC 2015 to be held in Italy,
Photos from day 1 of GUADEC 2013.
All images courtesy of Jakub Steiner.