Saturday Jul 28, 2007

Impression about GUADEC

This is the first time I attended GUADEC

It's more like a GNOME community's big party rather than just some speeches. There are talks, group discussions, parties in bar, etc. It's great to know and talk with the community guys you've been working together with.

Eitan Isaacson and Willie Walker are the two people I met in this GUADEC who are also working on accessibility. We talked about Accerciser, Orca and Gecko accessibility.

Some of our colleagues from Dublin site also attended this GUADEC. We had a great dinner together and happy talks.

Another important person we met in this GUADEC is Quim Gil, the chair of GNOME Foundation. Quim expressed his great interesting on promoting GNOME in Asia, especially in China. We had lunch together, and talked about GNOME in China and the possibility of hosting a GNOME event in China.

There are many interesting speeches in this GUADEC. Developing on mobile devices and online applications/desktop are two big topics. Speakers from Maemo.org, which is sponsored by Nokia, delivered several speeches ralated to developing on Maemo platform. Havoc Pennington gave a talk about online desktop, which then raised hot discussions.

There are also two accessibility speeches. One is Accerciser talk delivered by Eitan. Eitan has a grant from Mozilla Foundation for working on Accerciser. It's great that Eitan can still work on Accerciser after IBM dropped the project. He gave an introduction of how to use Accerciser to help make your application accessible. He also called for people to pay more attention to accessibility. On the q/a session, Willie Walker also pointed out that for gtk application developers, Gail has done the most things, and what people needs to do is almost just pay attention to labelfor/labelby relations, which can be done easily in Glade, and customized widgets.

The other accessibility speech is "GNOME accessibility for blind people". A blind speaker showed how he uses computer with AT tools in his daily life. The projector didn't work with the presentation computer, which just made this session better I think. Audiences had to get what the speaker was doing on his computer only by listening. It put people on the same situation as the blind speaker, and help them learn the speaker's experience with computer.

Both of the two accessibility sessions attracted less people attended, which just reflected people's less attention to accessibility, I think.

Sun could have bigger voice in this GUADEC, I think. When the first day we registered, we got some stuff from the organizer. Besides GUADEC stuff, it also includes many advertising things, like Maemo and ACCESS's t-shirts, Google Code's notebook, Ubuntu's pen, Ubuntu and Fedora's CD, Mandriva's sticker. But no Sun stuffs, until the fourth day we saw Solaris Express dvd and NetBeans cd were available. We also could give more speeches. GUADEC is a good opportunity for us to increase our visibility, to communicate with community.

I'm looking forward to the next GUADEC and GNOME events in China, and also our more participation in these events.

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I'm a developer working on Solaris I/O framework. Formerly, I worked on Mozilla and GNOME projects.

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