I am currently waiting for my flight to Manchester to attend another GUADEC!
This year I am also giving a presentation about the application story in Endless OS. Our infrastructure, our changes to GNOME Software, our heavy use of Flatpak, etc. Hopefully you’ll find it interesting.
A good number of Endlessers will also be around and giving other talks. We’re friendly people, so come talk to us!
Many thanks to Endless for making it possible for me to attend the event, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone again!
This past weekend a big wildfire in the center of Portugal (Pedrógão Grande area) killed 62 people, left the same number of people injured, and around 150 families lost their homes.
Every year the country has a number of wildfires, many of them caused directly by people. However, according to the Portuguese authorities this fire has been caused by a lightening together with the record high temperatures.
One thing that caused a big impression on me is that the majority of the dead were not people that had their homes surrounded by the forest but they were just drivers who were caught by the fire while on the road. So something like this can happen to anyone, not only to the people who lived in the affected areas.
The firefighters have been tireless and are still trying to control a big fire that spawned from the one in Pedrógão Grande. While Spain, France, and Italy have deployed more resources to help fight the fire, the majority of the Portuguese firefighters are actually volunteers who risk their lives every year.
The 150 families who lost their homes come from a rural area and many lost not only their homes but also their cattle and, needless to say, will struggle to start over. So they could use everyone’s help.
There is a number of local initiatives to bring food and supplies to the area, and also a couple of bank accounts set up for donations. You can find the details for those in this Público’s article. Google Translator should be good enough if you don’t speak Portuguese. As a reference, I have donated to the account in the Caixa Geral de Depósitos bank that is listed in the article.
Surely many things will be said about the fire, that the forests could have been properly cleaned (in order to better contain the fire), that the roads could have been closed sooner (saving anyone from getting trapped), that it was “just” a tragedy. However, when every year the news talk about higher temperature records, it’s not crazy to think that Global Warming contributed to these deadly conditions. So when a man says he’s for Pittsburgh, not Paris, that’s not only a stupid argument and stance, it may also very well be a deadly one.
Last week another major milestone in my life happened: our son was born!
This time it was much less stressful than with Olivia’s but still, the feeling of hearing your newborn cry for the first time, even before you can see them, it’s just too amazing to describe.
With 4150 g and 53 cm, Gil (pronounced with a soft G) classifies as a big baby and, like his sister, he’s quite peaceful and has very beautiful black hair.
We feel extremely lucky and thankful for our children, and I am very curious to see how the experience of being a parent of two kids will be. But for now I am taking some time off, helping Helena recover, and enjoying the first days of our family of 4.
After 9 years of assiduous attendance, I am not going to FOSDEM this year.
Don’t worry, I still love Free Software and beer, but the reason for the absence is pretty understandable: new baby coming! So I will let you know soon how life with two kids is (if I have the energy for that 🙂 ).
Enjoy FOSDEM 2017 everyone!
As Berlin’s fireworks roar outside (for hours now!), I want to write my typical end of year post with some thoughts of 2016 and what’s coming.
We are leaving behind a year that many (most?) of us will not miss. I hope 2017 will be a better one but the global events that took place throughout 2016 do not make me very confident about that. With unusual political events affecting the lives of millions of people, an apparently acceptance of indecency, bigotry, and hate, together with the ongoing humanitarian crisis and senseless violence, this is surely not the world I had pictured for my children.
Still, I want to be positive and hope that by seeing what’s happening in some places, people can make good choices in 2017 (I am talking in broad terms but we got some important elections coming soon in Europe).
On a more positive note — because personally 2016 was actually a very good year –, this past year I also started working for Endless and moved from SwitzerFrance to Berlin, Germany. I love my job and I have been working very hard to do my share of Endless’ mission. The current direction of the world only validates our mission more, and motivates me to work harder. It’s difficult however to make time for everything, and again my pet projects took the hit, so no big updates in that subject this year.
The other big news is that Helena and I will be parents again soon! The joy of raising a child is something so special that it is hard for me to put into words so I can just say that we are of course extremely happy and curious (and scared too) about how life will be with two kids.
Happy 2017 everyone!