Do you like to swing?

We do! My youngest son, Keegan, turned 3 a couple weeks ago, and in his honor we put in a new, 16′ tall swing set:

My dad, swinging on our new 16′ tall swing set.

It’s conveniently situated on the edge of a small hill in our yard, which makes for a fantastic swing. Overkill for a 3 yr old? Perhaps. But such toys are meant for all of us, not just the little guys 🙂


Ohio LinuxFest 2012

Sometime in the last six months or so, I discovered Ohio LinuxFest – an apparently rather large FOSS conference held annually in Columbus, Ohio. I’d been planning to attend ever since I heard about it, and recently got in contact with Luke Tislow. As a result, I will be manning a GNOME booth there! I’m hoping that there are other GNOME users/contributors in the area who will also be attending and able/willing to help out. If your interested in doing so, please leave a comment or ping me on irc (gonyere in #gnome, #gnome-clocks, #gnome-love, #gnome-women, #marketing on gimpnet).

A short bit now about Ohio LinuxFest: OLF is an annual conference held in Columbus, Ohio since 2002. Now in its 10th year, Ohio LinuxFest focuses on Linux & other open source/free software projects. This year’s conference will have 4 keynote speakers – Elizabeth Garbee, Angela Byron and Wendy Seltzer and Jon ‘maddog’ Hall. Promoters have specifically called on women to submit talks and made a point of having 3 keynotes given by women. Hopefully this will result in more women attending than ever before!

For more information on Ohio LinuxFest 2012 checkout their website at: Hope to see some of you there!!

GSoC Final Report: GNOME Clocks

I am both excited and sad to see the end of Summer of Code rapidly approaching – in just two days we will have reached the ‘hard pencils down’ date set by Google by which time our projects must be finished. As such the last couple of weeks since GUADEC have been spent hunting down and fixing as many bugs as we can in GNOME Clocks. The progress made has been remarkable, thanks in large part to the contributions from new contributors like Paolo Borelli and Alex Anthony who have been an immense help recently both reporting & fixing numerous bugs.

GNOME Clocks has developed from its initial mockups and prototype to a fully functioning clock application for GNOME. At the same time I have learned much about both programming (Python & GTK+3) as well as working collaboratively as part of a larger team. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with and, thanks to GUADEC, meet dozens of amazing hackers from all over the world. Even as GSoC ends, I plan to continue contributing to GNOME, as a member of the Marketing Team, a contributor to GNOME Clocks and wherever else I can.

A few screenshots of GNOME Clocks as of today:

World Clock:




Finally, I’d like to thank my mentors Seif Lotfy & Allan Day for all the time and effort they have spent helping me over the last several months. I’d also like to especially thank Eslam Mostafa who has done so much of the development related to the Timer & Alarms. Without all of their help GNOME Clocks would not be anywhere near ready for release, let alone inclusion in GNOME 3.6, nor would I have learned half of what I have over the summer. Thanks guys!! 🙂

Upgrading to Linux

I’m currently in the process of installing Linux w/ GNOME 3 on a distant relatives computer… who lives in Florida 🙂 A couple days ago, I did the same for one of Kevin’s friends who lives in California – both people who I will not see for months or possibly years, so it’ll be interesting to see how this works out in the long run (I’m installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, doing a recommended update & then switching them to only security updates).

As a result, I’m curious if anyone else does this routinely, and if so if you have recommendations for what to install (on a computer that you will not personally touch again, for people used to Windows). I typically install GNOME 3, Tor, Samba, Synaptic, Chromium, xChat, Evolution, Skype… probably a few others I’m forgetting atm. Anything important I’m missing?

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Right, so I’ve been home for a couple days now, which probably makes this post a bit late. But oh well. GUADEC was fantastic – with around 300 attendees, dozens of fantastic talks, hackfests and BOFs. Not to mention the chance to meet so many people who have done so much for GNOME over the years, many of whom gave wonderful talks – like the final keynote by Federico Mena-Quintero, Dave Mason & Jonathan Blandford on the History of GNOME which closed GUADEC. Likewise the opening keynote by Jacob Appelbaum on the Tor Project was fascinating and inspiring.

The womens dinner at Casa Tito was fun, though I suspect I’m not alone in thinking the ordering process was nothing short of ridiculous. I had a good time chatting with everyone, but especially with Alex & Patricia. It was nice to meet so many of the other women involved in GNOME,

The overall job done organzing GUADEC was nothing short of fantastic. I honestly can’t think of a single thing to complain about, which is a testamount in itself of the wonderful job they did in organizing. All future GUADECs have a hell of an organizing job to live up to!!