Tuesday, October 11, 2011

About a trip to Canada, or Montreal Summit

So in the last two weeks I have been for the first time in Canada. I was first some days at the Banff Centre, which is awesome, and spent last weekend in Montreal for the GNOME Montreal Summit.

This was my first international GNOME (no)conference, and it was great to finally meet people like Colin, Owen, Ryan, Cosimo, Karen, etc.

I discussed and asked a lot of questions to Ryan, Cosimo and Colin about some ideas of the future of Evince related technologies. For instance, we agreed with Cosimo that it probably makes sense to have a evince-based plugin for your browser (finally!!) because it could be better for the workflow where you don't
want to download the document (and you don't need to). I also asked Ryan and Colin for ways of making evince safer by splitting the rendering code into a sandboxed process. And I asked many other things with cosimo about evince, gtk, css.

I also participated in some sessions like the jhbuild session, the GSoC session, and I even organized a short session about online metadata for our desktop. Although not many people were excited about my ideas, it was nevertheless great to have the feedback of many talented hackers in GNOME.

I also discussed with Andreas the idea of getting some cool Laptop Skins with GNOME designs, so hopefully he will get some cool designs soon, and with Marina I discussed about Women outreach and how the gnome-chile community is working to promote GNOME and all these programs.

Overall, it was really great for me to meet all the prople, and I thank all the people i met for all their feedback, surely I have now a lot of ideas about how to improve evince... if only i would have more time. The GNOME Foundation for sponsornig my trip and to an anonymous friend for letting me crash at his couch on Montreal.

Time to go into the plain.... some 10 hours ahead to be back in a sunny Santiago again