See you at FOSDEM 2014

This year I was almost skipping FOSDEM. It is a delicate time for me to be out as I will be a dad soon but the doctors say it is supposedly okay if it’s for a couple of days so I am going to FOSDEM for my 7th year in a row!

Due to that uncertainty, I haven’t proposed any presentation but if you want to talk about the projects I’m involved in or about work and life at CERN, let’s do it over a couple of excelent Belgian beers (or waffles if you prefer).

See you in Brussels!

FOSDEM

Wacom’s fresh button assignment and GUADEC

In what comes to assigning buttons’ functions for the Wacom tablets in GNOME, the approach in the GNOME Control Center was the traditional tree-view: one button’s label per row, allowing to choose the functionality but requiring the user to mentally map the tablet’s buttons’ layout to the names in the tree-view.

Since we already have a help window, provided by GNOME Settings Daemon, which presents a tablet’s buttons layout in a realistic, visual way to the user, we decided to make it more powerful and assign the buttons directly from there! This way it is faster and more intuitive to set the buttons. Here is a video showing these nice new changes:

Another change is that the keyboard shortcuts are now captured by a new widget which supports also modifier-only shortcuts, meaning that now Ctrl, Ctrl+Alt, Shift, etc. can be easily assigned to buttons, allowing for more flexibility when mapping the tablet’s buttons to applications’ commands. As shown in the video, the old GtkTreeView was also replaced by a nicer GtkListBox (which also makes use of this shortcut capture widget).

Going to GUADEC

That’s right, for the fifth year now, I am going to GUADEC! Besides attending the conference, it will be also a good chance to have a beer with old friends and team mates from Red Hat, who I only interact with on IRC.

See you in Brno!

Attending FOSDEM 2013

For the 6th consecutive year, I am attending FOSDEM!

That’s right, this time I am boarding from Lisbon and I will arrive in Brussels in time for the traditional and epic beer event.
I am not giving any talks this year so I will have plenty of time to enjoy the event and all the nice things the city has to offer.

Of course, I love a good chat about Free Software over a beer so if you want to know more about some of my projects, let me know.

See in Brussels!

Skeltrack got an award

Last week, while I was busy in Berlin with an interactive installation, I received some good news: Skeltrack got an award in an innovation contest organized by the KNetworks project.

From its own website, KNetworks “[…] is an open network based in the Atlantic area with main interest in the fields of: e-government, innovation, knowledge transfer, technology, the Internet, collective intelligence, the future and the creation of knowledge.”
Members of KNetworks include several universities and government organizations of the European countries in the Atlantic area.

Being the first Open Source library for skeleton tracking, there are a number of possibilities that Skeltrack makes possible and we developed it in Igalia simply because we wanted to use skeleton tracking and there were no open solutions available. So I am very happy with the recognition, in this case a joint 3rd place.

View of Oxford

Oxford, England


Since there was a ceremony in Oxford for the delivery of the awards, I bought a shirt in Berlin 🙂 and flew to London instead of Coruña. I presented Skeltrack and also mentioned Igalia and the cool things that make us different.
At the ceremony, I also had the chance to meet the other contest winners and members of the organization. It was an interesting dinner where I spoke English, Spanish and Portuguese 🙂
After that we ended up in the Turf Tavern — the oldest pub of Oxford — where I discovered that I completely dislike ale.

I had never been to Oxford before so I stayed an extra night to visit the city. What a nice city it is! It is kind of similar to Évora, where I studied, in the way that it has many university buildings spread across the city but of course, at a different scale.

On my way back to Heathrow, more awesome stuff: I found out that the old man sitting close to me in the bus was in fact Donald Knuth! I presented myself, chitchatted a bit and, feeling like a little boy who met Spiderman, thanked him for everything.

I would like to thank the organization of the KNetworks contest for the award and congratulate the other contest winners.

Going to GUADEC without leaving town

That’s right, this year GUADEC is taking place in the city I moved to more than 3 years ago in order to become an Igalian: A Coruña. It’s fun to see this event happening just 20 minutes walking from my place when in the previous editions I had to catch several planes in order to attend it 🙂

Going to GUADEC

In this year’s GUADEC, I am presenting two projects I have created:

  • OCRFeeder, the most complete OCR Free Software solution;
  • Skeltrack, the first Free Software library to perform human skeleton tracking from depth buffers such as the ones given by the Kinect.

If this sounds interesting, be sure to attend the talks or have a chat about the projects when you see me.

Since I feel pretty much like a local, I can tell you that you must not leave the town without trying “pulpo á feira” (octopus + olive oil + paprika) or, in case you’re not into cephalopods, just go to some traditional Galician bar, have a beer and enjoy the folk music of Celtic origins.