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Welcome to GUADEC 2013

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GUADEC 2013 is starting in Brno from 1st August (ie. tomorrow). We will be holding a welcome event at Ventana Café today from 16:00 to 21:00 local time. The café is located right across the street from this year’s venue.

We have a couple of more social events lined up during the core conference days – a party at Klub Fléda on the 1st of August, and another one at Starobrno Brewery on the 3rd. There is also going to be a film night on 2nd August at the venue.

The customary football match is on the 5th. Please sign up on the wiki if you want to play.

With GUADEC being all that fun, don’t forget to check out the schedule, and the interviews with Ethan Lee and Cathy Malmrose who are two of the three keynote speakers at GUADEC this year.

Last but not the least, if you are travelling to Brno by train, let me remind you about the reconstruction work that is going on at the main station here.

See you in Brno!

I am attending GUADEC 2013

Written by Debarshi Ray

31 July, 2013 at 12:35


GUADEC: Schedule your BOFs

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If you are planning to host a BOF at GUADEC this year, please ensure that you have scheduled it on the wiki. Please go to and claim one of the following rooms on a date and time that is convenient for you:

  • Room A112 (~64 seats)
  • Room A218 (~35 seats)
  • Room C209 (~30 seats)
  • Room C236 (~20 seats)

Náměstí Svobody

Written by Debarshi Ray

28 July, 2013 at 13:56


GVfs and the GOA volume monitor

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Sometime ago I had written about how we integrated ownCloud in GNOME for 3.8. One interesting infrastructural enhancement that was part of this feature is the GOA volume monitor in GVfs.

Volume monitors

A volume monitor is a D-Bus session service that uses the org.gtk.Private namespace (eg., org.gtk.Private.MTPVolumeMonitor, org.gtk.Private.UDisks2VolumeMonitor, etc.), has an entry in /usr/share/gvfs/remote-volume-monitors/, and exposes your disk partitions, iOS devices, MTP or PTP devices as volumes. These volumes eventually show up on the GTK+ places sidebar.

Online accounts

We wrote a volume monitor which exposes your online file storage as a volume. It listens to GNOME Online Accounts and when it notices an account that implements the GoaFiles interface it exposes it as a volume.

Giovanni Campagna extended GVfs’ shadow mount machinery to make it transparently pick up the credentials for accessing the cloud storage from GOA without bothering the user.

The future

Currently this only works for ownCloud because the underlying protocol is WebDAV – something that has a corresponding backend in GVfs.

To unlock support for, say, Google Drive or SkyDrive we would first need to implement the protocol as a GVfs backend, and then add the GoaFiles interface to the corresponding GoaObject.

Written by Debarshi Ray

15 July, 2013 at 22:29

Posted in GNOME, GVfs, Online Accounts

Register yourself for GUADEC 2013

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Registration for GUADEC 2013 has now started. Go and register yourself if you plan to attend.


Written by Debarshi Ray

7 July, 2013 at 08:24


The GUADEC 2013 schedule has been published

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The sun is shining, the sky is blue and the GUADEC 2013 schedule is now online.

Many thanks to Emmanuele Bassi for preparing the schedule and to Fabiana Simões for publishing it online.

Slavkov Castle

Written by Debarshi Ray

3 July, 2013 at 16:48


GNOME Photos 3.8.0

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After a year of development, I am happy to announce GNOME Photos 3.8.0. This completes the last unfinished GNOME 3.8 feature – Photos is now the latest in the set of Finding & Reminding applications for GNOME 3.

Even though it is a preview in GNOME 3.8, Photos already has a nice set of well-rounded features.

  • Albums – create, add to, remove from and delete albums
  • Favorites – mark and unmark items as favorites
  • Printing, setting background and properties, etc.

With the basics now in place, we are going to start filling in some of the gaps during the 3.9.x/3.10 cycle.

  • Cloud integration – starting with Flickr and Facebook
  • Search – including a search provider for GNOME Shell

Written by Debarshi Ray

15 April, 2013 at 01:44

Posted in GNOME, Photos

Yorba’s Geary Fundraiser

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The fine folks at Yorba are raising money to improve Geary, their shiny new email client for GNOME.

Please donate if you want to make a difference.

Written by Debarshi Ray

8 April, 2013 at 00:20

Posted in GNOME, Yorba


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