Helping with development

Since everyone’s in a hurry to get gnome 2.26 in the tree as soon as possible, you might ask what you can do to help ?

Until now, working on the overlay meant that most of the information was available to those hanging in #gentoo-desktop but even with summing things for everyone once in a while and sending recap mails or throwing notes in our devspaces, it always felt like somebody was missing the information. So we bite the bullet and imported some README and status/ files in the overlay so the information is directly available without having to search or wait for one of us to show up.

So if you want to participate, please have a look at those files and the clean patches notes from vapier. Look at other patches in the overlay to get an idea of how I like them and don’t hesitate to open new reports (after searching) especially if you have patches. Also don’t hesitate to visit us on #gentoo-desktop if you have any question but please avoid the “when will it hit the tree” as I’ve already answered that my last post about gnome 2.26 status.

Gnome 2.26 status update

In case you are wondering weither Gnome 2.26 time to stable will be as catastrophic as Gnome 2.24, well I still have no idea but for the people out there that just can’t wait, just give a shot at the overlay or monitor bug #263083. Nirbheek‘s been doing an awesome work about keeping everything relatively up to date in the overlay but it still requires a second pair of eyes. That’s what I’m currently doing and it takes some time but doing that in previous releases proved to be really valuable for ~arch users that had the patience to wait for things to enter the tree. So if anything is broken, it’s ok, it’s overlay, we’ll get to it. You open fill new bug reports and make them blocker of the tracker bug, but please search for duplicates first.

In other news, I’ve updated a bit gnome’s herd project page. It now lists a project that is greatly missing from gentoo, a “codec buddy” for our dear gstreamer packages. If you are interested don’t hesitate to come and see us on irc on #gentoo-desktop channel.

Hello world and Gnome 2.24

This is the ritual hello world post since I’ve bothered beandog enough to finally get one. Thanks very much (again) btw, I will now be able to spam the universe with my futile speech and go on with my plan to conquer the world.

Hello world, check. If any of you didn’t know yet, I’m the bastard that sticks a comment in nearly every bug report you opened about gnome in the last months. Please excuse me if I sometimes sound rude, people knowning me IRL always tell me that I feel grumpy but words cannot conway has much as I’d wish them to.

So I’ve heard gentoo is dying – why do I keep hearing that ? we should really be dead if the guys that said that were true the first time, or the second time, or … – but guess what we are not really :). I’ve seen KDE folks doing a crazy job at getting 4.2 out quickly and so I decided gnome had to move on and stop waiting for regression fixes that will never come when we have good and tested workarounds. That means you won’t get all Gnome 2.24 but only the pieces that work well together. Gnome 2.24 is coming near you as soon as our all-mighty arch teams process bug #260063. Be kind and don’t report your own personal problems there but please do fill your own reports if they haven’t been filled yet. For those that cannot find ekiga-3 in tree, I’m sorry but we didn’t have time to review the ebuilds so it’s still in bugzilla (or rather I had a look and got scared by the libs).

There is probably more to say but I’ll keep that for another day.