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GUADEC 2015 was awesome!

I went to GUADEC 2015 which was help in Gothenburg between friday 08/07 and wednesday 08/12, here is what I did there.

Deserved thanks

First of all, I would like to sincerely thank the organizers of this GUADEC, they made an amazing job! =)

I also would like to thanks the GNOME Foundation, the GNOME Travel Committee and the persons volunteering to work for this committee as I wouldn't have been able to attend the conference without their sponsorship.

Volunteering

I volunteered to help during this GUADEC and it was a great experience. I only had few work to do as there was a ton of volunteers, all I did is to help cleaning the rooms and to be in charge of presenting the speaker, filming its talk and give him a gift for two talks on sunday.

Being able to see the Beamer theme I wrote used was quite pleasing too. =)

The core days

On Friday

  • Alexander Larsson's talk on xdg-app got me really excited about this big shift the Linux desktop is taking,
  • Emmanuele Bassi's talk on GSK showed us how it will be used as an intermediate layer between GTK+ and GDK,
  • Caolán McNamara taught me about the relation between LibreOffice and GTK+3,
  • Matthias Clasen showed some pretty interesting stuff that GTK+ can do,
  • Alexander Bokovoy's talk taught me a LOT of stuff I didn't now about like double factor identification, and how they are use by GNOME for enterprise desktops,
  • I gave a lightning talk on my work on Boxes this summer.

On Saturday

  • Frédéric Crozat talked about what have been done at SUSE to adapt GNOME to their enterprise customers,
  • Christian Hergert made me actually use Builder =),
  • Jan-Christoph Borchardt gave a engaging talk on how ownCloud and GNOME would have a tighter relationship.

On Sunday

  • Jonas Danielsson got me excited about the future of GNOME Maps =),
  • Pamela Chestek gave an awesome talk on how she helped GNOME to stay GNOME,
  • Jussi Pakkanen talked about the Meson build system,
  • I filmed Markus Mohrhard's talk on LibreOffice integration within GNOME Document, with an interesting first part by Pranav Kant who showed his summer work on LibreOffice and GTK+3,
  • I filmed David King's talk on logging and statistics,
  • The lightning talks were awesome: they features a troll and an helicopter pilot.

The BoF sessions

On Monday

  • I attended the informal GNOME Maps BoF, it was extremely interesting to get more information on the future of the project. I looked at the Mapbox GL C++/ vector tile library to check if it was interesting to bind it/port it to C/GObject.

On Tuesday and Wednesday

  • I hacked on Boxes with my mentor Zeeshan Ali, improving my patches for the new collection filter and the list view.

The faces

  • It was a great pleasure to see lots of known faces,
  • And obviously discovering lots of new ones was great too, =)
  • My face—name—nickname relationships got improved!

The places

  • The free ferry was great =),
  • The Slottsskogen park and its zoo were really cool to visit,
  • The city is full of interesting pubs,
  • Walking in Gothenburg is really enjoyable once you understood were are the bike lane and that you should never ever put a foot on one =p,
  • There are lots of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, and the ones which are not have good veg(etari)an offers, which is nice when you want to eat as a group,
  • Staying at the hostel was a nice experience as you never stop to be in the GNOME communitythis way!

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