My talk, La comunidad GNOME para principiantes (The GNOME community for beginners), seems to have gone over well here at ENLi 2008 (the 2008 National Linux Meeting in Puebla, Mexico), with a big audience and interesting followup questions. The slides are available as a collection of plain PNG and JPEG images in a zip archive (use the link above).
I’m having an excellent time. Will post some pictures from the conference later.
My wonderful audience
I clearly didn’t bring enough openSUSE discs
My laptop went south a couple of days ago, so I’m having to make do with a screen that is bigger but endowed with fewer pixels. This has been a source of frustration, especially in Evolution, where I depend on the efficiency afforded me by the tri-pane view. Crank down the resolution a bit, and it’s suddenly not so efficient – there isn’t enough space to display the subjects in the message list anymore. The problem is compounded by useless mailer “Re:” and mailing list prefixes.
So, since I don’t need to see the mailing list and reply status repeated for every single mail, I cooked up a little patch to trim the subjects in the message view. When applied, it makes available a new column in View -> Current View -> Define Views… -> Edit -> Fields Shown… -> Available Fields. This column implements the trimming, and can be used instead of the traditional Subject one:
The patch applies to both Evolution 2.22 and 2.24, although unfortunately, a couple of nasty, new bugs are preventing me from running the latter. If you happen to be running openSUSE Factory like me, and Evolution 2.24 is preventing you from getting work done, you can get my unofficial 2.22 build for Factory from the build service. It includes the above patch as an added bonus.
As of yesterday, I have survived to 31 years of age. That is all for now.
Maru and Federico preparing to eat Moros con Cristianos
I just finished touching up that GDK backend for rendering toplevel windows to Cairo image surfaces I briefly presented at GUADEC. It now compiles with the latest GTK+ trunk, and it even has a page with instructions for how to check it out and build it. There are some examples too.
With time, I can hopefully get this to production quality levels.
I’m wearing it on my head. Looks good on planets!
At GUADEC 2008. Istanbul is a fun and interesting place, and the talks aren’t all that bad either. Not much time to write or code, though.
As a followup to my previous GHashTable post, Benjamin encouraged me to time the swfdec test suite – “make check” in the tests dir is consistently 4% faster with the patch.
Also, I have patched packages for our brave openSUSE Factory users:
I’m finally back in Xalapa after more than three weeks on the road.
After the wildly successful GTK+ Berlin hackfest, I spent a day in the Hague with my good friends Andrea and Marcus, then headed for home. The flight was awful as usual, but mitigated by the fact that I was bringing back good memories and lots and lots of Belgian and Dutch candy.
Christian, Alex and Benjamin: Three happy hackers
(Ryan was AWOL for the picture)
The hackfest gang
(Picture courtesy of Tor Lillqvist)
Andrea, Marcus and their pet parrot, Perla
Bikes parked at the Hague central station
The second Novell hack week is at an end, and I’ve set up a public Trac instance for Sterling. Development will go on there. I’ll devote some ITO (“innovation time off”) to it next time I get a chance.