GNOME.conf.au 2007 Wrap-up
Davyd Madeley provides a summary of events at GNOME.conf.au 2007, including video and image links for several of the presentations.
For the fourth year running, linux.conf.au in Sydney played host to Australia’s GNOME conference: GNOME.conf.au. Started as a single day event in 2004, GNOME.conf.au in 2007 ran over two huge days with 12 speakers presenting on a range of topics both technical and non-technical topics.
On day one, Nigel Tao told us about Superswitcher, a rethinking of the traditional desktop application switcher. He shared some ideas about how a GNOME desktop might work in the future and also showed some other neat tricks that you can do with the window management library libwnck.
Avahi developers Trent Lloyd and Lennart Poeterring then discussed Avahi, the Rendezvous/Bonjour/Multicast DNS framework for Linux, including its features and how to use it to develop an application.
After lunch, former release manager Jeff Waugh introduced a change of pace and plugged in a Nintendo Wii to connect the dots between fun, easy-to-use devices and GNOME.
Conduit is software to synchronise applications, services and devices in GNOME. John Stowers demonstrated Conduit and how it can be used to synchronise all types of data, including files and Tomboy notes.
Finally, Monday ended with a GNOME Love Session, which took the form of a BoF session. Following suggestions on topics, attendees finally settled on the topic of discussing usability in GNOME. This gave a chance for many people, who considered themselves to be “just a user,” to speak rather than just listening to the GNOME-usuals.
Tuesday was action-packed. Chris Blizzard of Mozilla and OLPC fame gave a keynote for the conference proper. Then, after morning tea, Jono Bacon took the stand. Jono, who readers will know from LugRadio, spoke about Jokosher, the usability-focused, non-linear audio editor. During this updated version of the presentation Jono gave at GUADEC last year, he also took the time to demonstrate the latest Jokosher.
After Jono followed David Zeuthen, HAL-hacker extraordinaire. David spoke about fast user switching, multiseat, and allowing his girlfriend to use his laptop.
After lunch, artist and tango dancer, Andy Fitzsimon held a freeform session on GNOME rebranding, discussing if it was a good thing and whether it should be allowed.
James Andrewartha gave a quick presentation on weather.gnome.org, and then explained how to get started with jhautobuild. Ryan Lortie followed up with a brief five-minute overview of the new GNOME Applets API.
Java-GNOME’s Andrew Cowie came on after the break to show off Java-GNOME 4.0, the re-architecting of GNOME’s Java bindings that he is leading. In addition to discussing the design of Java-GNOME 4.0, he also demonstrated, live on stage, adding new API coverage.
Finally, to wrap it all up, Pete Ryland presented something he has been calling EGG, a framework layer on top of PyGTK to allow rapid development of applications.
About the author
Davyd Madeley is less cool than Kjartan Maraas, this is because he does not run his entire desktop session under valgrind. He is also less cool than Emmanuel Bassi, but at least he still has his SSH key. He wrote this biography while very tired, which is why it doesn’t actually tell you anything.