Endless challenges

It’s been a (very long) while since I posted anything here. This past year I even manage to skip my traditional New Year‘s post, and a lot has happened so a post is due!

The big news is that last November I finished my 2 year term at CERN. I learned a lot in there, it is truly a unique place in the world, but I finished what I was set out to do and it was a good time for a change. So I am proud to announce that I have joined Endless!

I started this new job more than a month ago but I couldn’t find the time to write about it before because we also moved to a new country… and found out how challenging it is to move with a baby! Last year we had finally started enjoying that Swiss/French region a lot more but for a number of reasons we decided to move back to Berlin! Still, looking back, Geneva is where our daughter was born and we left many great friends in there so it’ll always be a special place for us and we’ll always have a reason to visit it.


If you do not know about Endless, its mission is to provide computers to the other half of the world, the part that desperately needs access to technology and knowledge but doesn’t happen to be in the minds, hearts or plans of the big software corporations.

Endless Computer

I met Endless in the beginning of 2013 and ever since I’ve had a special spot for what they’re doing, therefore I am very happy and thrilled to be part of it! So far it’s been really great to see things from the inside and witness the great talent, passion and energy with which everyone carries out their work. I can tell you that the human values at Endless are not something that just sounds nice but they are instead really a core part of its mission.
My goal in technology has always been to use it to solve problems; to make things easier for users. The products Endless is developing, and the users it develops them for, fit that end perfectly.

Endless's users


Endless is accomplishing its mission using GNOME and many other Open Source technologies, and has gathered a great team in many fronts, from software to marketing to leadership. Changing the world is a lot of work, so if you want to help, Endless is hiring at this very moment! Take a look at these jobs if you want to apply. If you have any questions regarding the jobs or the company you can also drop me a line.

And that’s it for now and I hope this long period of neglecting my blog has finally come to an end 🙂

Big Changes Again

My life has seen some big changes this year with getting a new job, moving to Berlin, etc. Well, the changes haven’t stopped yet.

Before I applied to Red Hat, at the beginning of the year, I had applied to a position at CERN (if you don’t know what CERN is, look it up, but part of the reason you’re addicted to the internet is because of it). CERN has two periods throughout the year where it accepts applications, I knew it wasn’t easy to be accepted and I had to move on with my life so I was happily living in Berlin and working for Red Hat.
Turns out I was accepted and I had a decision to make.

On one hand, I was very happy to finally be living in Berlin, Helena was enrolled in an intensive German course (and doing great), we were living in the nice neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg and of course, I don’t need to tell you how great Red Hat is if you consider yourself a Free Software developer. On the other hand, I knew this opportunity with CERN would be hard to get again. So in the end I took the tough decision of leaving Red Hat and I have been working at CERN since last week. I am working on a project out of my comfort zone (and yes, it’s Free Software), but that’s part of the challenge.

I changed a unique company for a unique research center and I changed one of the cheapest, coolest cities in Europe for one of the most expensive in the world.

Regarding work and GNOME in particular, I will keep involved in it, even though my projects have been neglected with all the moving: I hope to finish the port of OCRFeeder to GI and to give some love to Skeltrack once I have time (and conditions: no internet at home yet…).

Even Bigger Changes

Oh, yeah, there’s something else I would like to share. I am in the first steps of what will surely be the biggest project I will ever develop: Helena and I are expecting a baby!
We just found out one week before moving out of Berlin. It surely doesn’t make all the moving easier but we can’t describe how happy we are with these news! It’s curious that we had to live in the “babyboom neighborhood” of Berlin to get a baby ourselves… there must be something in the water! 🙂

And that is all for now, let’s see what the next months bring!

Upcoming Wacom Features in GNOME

I had previously mentioned that, as part of my job at Red Hat, I was taking care of the Wacom tablets support in GNOME.
To show you a bit of this, straight from the nice Atopia Kaffeehaus in Prenzlauer berg, Berlin, I have cooked a little video with some of the upcoming features:

These are not, of course, the only new features but I had to pick the ones that are actually usable right now.

The tablets shown in the video are a Cintiq 12WX and an Intuos 5 M touch.

I am usually around #control-center on irc.gnome.org so if you got some cool idea for the Wacom tablets in GNOME, drop by and let me know!

Working for Red Hat

Since last week I have been working for Red Hat!

After I started looking for a new job, I had two intense months full of interviews and travelling (I traveled to different countries, including the US for the first time) where I met great people and learned a lot.
It was all very new to me because it had been a while since I had looked for a job and I had never had so many interviews.

After deciding to join Red Hat, Helena and I also started the process of moving from A Coruña to Berlin which involved packing a lot of boxes and storing them in my parents’ attic in Brotas, Portugal where they will remain for a little while. This required a few car trips (13 hours driving, each return trip) but my parents are very kind people and they love me so they helped us with all the logistics.

Leaving Coruña was something we wanted but it was still very sad. We made many good friends during these 4 years in there and saying good-bye was hard, even if in this modern world good-bye actually means “see you later”. They are very good and fantastic people and we miss them already.
It actually felt like leaving my country again because as of now, I know more of the reality (political situation, finances, etc.) in Galicia/Spain then I know of my own country.

We’re still sorting out some of the last details of setting up in Germany. Berlin is very multicultural and it’s fairly easy to get around using English but we are lucky and thankful to have our friend Chris here who is helping us a lot.
Helena is already taking German classes and I will start soon so I hope I will be able to shout “Ich bin ein Berliner” as funnily as this guy did.

Regarding Red Hat, I am part of the desktop team, composed by well known names in the community, where I will keep hacking on GNOME related stuff. It is great to be able to continue working on Free Software and for such a nice company full of great developers. Working remotely will be a new challenge but Berlin is full of lovely places like St. Gaudy Café where I can get inspiration and work quietly.
As for my other FOSS projects, I hope I can dedicate a bit of my free time to them — between German classes and my personal life affairs.

I would like to thank all the people who contacted me during these months with great projects. I wish you the best of luck.
Last but not least, I would also like to thank Mike Fabian for having recommended me inside Red Hat.

Salutations Interactive Installation: Making of

Since the post about the Salutations Interactive Installation in the Museum fĂĽr Kommunikation in Berlin, many people asked me for videos of the installation so we, the Igalia Interactivity team, came up with a better idea — a making of.

The video shows the an early test application that was created from the one shipped with Skeltrack, then some testing with colleagues at Igalia’s office and finally the installation in Berlin and the final result:

(link to original video in YouTube)

You can get the source code for the application from Igalia’s GitHub.