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I'll be at  +Libre Graphics Meeting 2015 in Toronto at the end of April, representing +Pitivi and GNOME. Who else is attending? Oh yeah, I'll probably drop by Pycon in Montréal too.
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Over the last few hours, I had a very good friend open up and tell me about her previous life in Lebanon before the war. The kind of life where you have no electricity for months, sleep with a knife in your hand under your pillow, suddenly can't go back to your home for two years because the district has been taken over and the roads have been cut off, and where you keep your baby on your lap while driving to/from work because that's the only way to reduce the risk of it being shot by snipers. No jokes. If you ever hear me whining about hardships in life, remind me of this, and slap me hard.
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Booked my bus tickets for http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/2015/
Bus tickets. This feels so weird.
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How do digital illustrators actually make high-DPI, high-resolution poster-size raster artwork? Or does everyone limit themselves to 300dpi 24x36? From what I can tell, GIMP can't work 315 megapixels images on my machine; the performance hit is exponential (for comparison, Krita goes one step further and brings the kernel down with it :)
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Very interesting,+David Revoy! So even veteran painters out there with beefy hardware are hitting the same problem huh... I guess I feel a bit better about it then.

And yeah, many posters are around the 150-200 DPI mark, but I have this slight obsession of "it's raster... to be future proof I should do it as big as possible, twice the resolution that I need!"
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"Recovering a client's lost root password with privilege escalation by hacking up the system partition across Amazon EC2 instances: An Unexpected Journey"

(I think my client is going to wake up very happy tomorrow.)
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I'm super excited to see +Owen Taylor work on optimizing power saving features in future +GNOME and +Fedora Project releases. Not only has Owen been doing crazy performance optimizations across different components of the desktop over the years, he also writes cool tools like these in the process. He never ceases to amaze me :)
One thing we want to do for the next versions of GNOME and Fedora is to improve battery performance. Your laptop may well be advertised by the manufacturer to have "up to 10 hours of battery life" ...
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I'm looking forward to dropping the script (powertop auto mode + disable lan port) I use every time I unplug my laptop from the charger in favor of gnome just doing The Right Thing :)
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From a recent discussion with oldschool +GNOME power users, I'm susprised to find out they often don't know about the existence of https://extensions.gnome.org —let's see if we can fix that:
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=742464
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=742465
The GNOME Project · About Us · Get Involved · Teams · The GNOME Foundation · Support GNOME · Contact us. Resources. Developer Center · Documentation · Wiki · Mailing Lists · IRC Channels · Bug Tracker · Development Code · Build Tool ...
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+Olav Vitters I agree that maintenance is always an issue, and should always be an issue. So it's certainly a valid concern.

At the same time, I have to say, that at least for the kernel, I believe that at least part of the reasons we have gotten so many developers involved (and the Linux kernel probably has one or two orders of magnitude more people involved than most other projects) is twofold:

 (1) we have lots of "independent" things that people can help maintain and aren't really horribly core code, and that don't make core people nervous.

  For the kernel, this is mainly drivers. Most of our developers come from people working on some random detail in a driver. Some people never do anything else. Others end up becoming major developers (eg Greg KH started with "small driver details").

  Quite frankly, we'd never fidn new developers if all our code was like the VFS layer or the VM code, which is really subtle and has horribly complicated rules wrt locking etc. A project needs entrypoints.

 (2) we've never limited the project to one vision. There are lots of different users. Supercomputer people have different goals than mobile people, who have different goals from desktop people, who in turn have different goals from other desktop people. 

I wouldn't call the kernel exactly "inclusive" - we do have very high technical standards, and it's probably not the easiest project to get started with, but at the same time I do claim that the kernel has always been open to new uses and the fact that different people and organizations have different expectations and requirements.

Quite frankly, I think the gnome project has failed horribly wrt that second thing. I can tell from personal experience that it was what turned me off the project. Even before the whole "original gnome 3" disaster, I sent in a patch to make my two-button mouse more configurable and usable. It got rejected because it was "too confusing" to users, just for adding a new option in the mouse setup.

I'm not sure about the first point. There are certainly various different gnoma apps you can get involved with, but I also think that something like the extensions would be an excellent way for people to get their toes wet. So it's not at all clear that encouraging extensions would be a maintenance headache - it could equally well be the exact reverse, and be a vehicle to bring more people in.

(Of course, having lots of developers is also its own headache. Some of the most painful times in kernel development have been when the developer community grew and scaled, and me and my process didn't scale with it. So don't get me wrong: "more developers" can very easily mean "more headaches").
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Homebank 5.0 is out, now with +GTK 3 support and a refined icon set. It looks fantastic. Very happy about this, as it is one of my favorite apps. Merci pour ce beau travail, +Maxime DOYEN!
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Like a stereotypical Canadian, I just showed up at my new neighbours' door and said, "Hello! I'd like to make sure I'm not disturbing you with my crazy sound system. This laptop here can route the sound through the wall (over WiFi) to my 5.1 speakers. Do you mind if we do a loudness test right now?" — +PulseAudio, empowering healthy neighbour relationships!
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Dear hivemind, I'm quite tempted by one of those two DLP projectors (same price point). Brightness not being an issue, which would you pick?
- Acer H6510BD: native 1920x1080 with a regular 5000-7000 hours lamp. Supports YPbPr for ye olde Playstation2.
- Aaxa M4: native 1280x720 with a 20 000 hours LED lamp (besides being un-killable, the 800 lumens are expected to be consistent over time instead of fading out like regular lamps).
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1080p for the win
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LED! 720p ought to be enough for anybody
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Thanks all, sounds like "1080p it will be". Probably the infamous BenQ W1070, actually.

Focusing: yeah I'm the type who loves sharp images and actually gets up close to "see the pixels" while adjusting. Anything not perfectly in focus is straining the eyes.
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Are you or is anyone you know an aspiring UX designer with experience or an interest in open source? My team is hiring an intern to work with me and +Ryan Lerch  this summer in Red Hat's Boston-area office to design open source UX for Fedora! Application link is below :-) Apply as soon as possible, next week is the deadline.
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Voici plus de détails sur le parcours de +Christian Hergert l'ayant mené à lancer le projet "GNOME Builder". Une entrevue à lire pour ceux qui s'intéressent à la création de logiciels libres!
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Greetings!  Here is the interview with Christian on Builder!  Please check it out and re-share!  Thanks to the GNOME community for making the initial funding a great success!  We hope that you will continue to help out with the stretch goals and help build the foundation for great new apps for GNU/Linux and GNOME!
Christian Hergert have set out to improve the developer experience on GNOME with his new project, Builder. We sit down with him to discuss why we need another IDE, developer tools, missing GNOME ap...
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