The Nokia N9 is out.
Yes, after all what happened lately there are many reasons to be sad, cynic or pessimistic, particularly considering all the excitement and hopes that many people (including me) had when the N900 came out.
But still, even if this is a dead-end product and this team’s swan song, it’s a hell of a beautiful one.
I’m happy to see the N9 out. Philip is damn right, and Urho is damn right. I think this is a great achievement, I’m personally proud of all the work we’ve put into it and also very glad for all the good reviews it’s getting.
Free software can produce amazing things, and this is just one more proof. Our hopes will not die here. No pasarán.
Last weekend almost all of us gathered together in what we call an Igalia Summit: a 2-day event where we discuss new ideas, relax, play music, and basically have fun and the opportunity to meet each other in person, something which is increasingly more difficult as Igalia becomes more and more global.
This time we also used the summit to invite some friends and celebrate our 9th anniversary dinner.
Although it sometimes feels like yesterday we started, 9 years is already a lot of time, and the feeling of looking back at our beginnings it not something that can be easily expressed with words. Of course things were very different back then and the company has changed a lot during all these years.
The core ideas, however, remain unchanged. One of them is our passion for free software, and that’s what we’re known for to most people. But there’s another key value that is equally important for us, and that is our flat structure.
For Igalia democracy is an essential value so we take it seriously. We think our people are the most important thing that we have, and thus deserve our highest respect. That’s why we not only like to hear their opinions: we also want them to propose, decide and participate in all affairs, so we give everyone a voice and a vote in all decisions.
If there’s something we have learnt during all these years is that when people can decide for themselves they are much happier and more committed to what they do. And when people are happy and committed we take the next logical step: we make them shareholders. Everyone who stays in the company long enough and is willing to continue can become a partner. We make no exceptions.
In November, 4 Igalians became partners of the company: Alejandro Piñeiro (API), Xabier Rodríguez Calvar (Calvaris), Javi Muñoz and Mario Sánchez. They’re all good friends and I’m very happy to have them with us.
2010 has been a good year for Igalia, and we’ll hopefully be celebrating our 10th anniversary soon. Free software has evolved a lot in these 9 years. We tried to make our contributions and we met lots of friends on the way.
We’re glad to be here for 9 years already and we’re also very proud to be part of this vibrant community.
After the good results from last year’s WebKitGTK+ hackfest, we at Igalia decided to repeat the experience, but this time we are doing it twice: we’ll be hosting it again in December and we’re also hosting the GTK+ hackfest, which started yesterday in our offices in Coruña.
Everything’s going quite smooth so far, and on top of that we’re having a wonderful warm and sunny weather this week, which is quite unusual in Galicia for this time of the year.
We’re doing our best to make everyone as comfortable as possible, and we want to thank all the people that’s helping make this happen, including Codethink for sponsoring the snacks and drinks, Lanedo for sponsoring the official dinner, the GNOME Foundation for paying for the accommodation and of course all the hackers that came to our city.
We’ve been uploading a few pictures to Flickr, using the gtkhackfest2010 tag.
And now, back to coding!
These days I’ve been playing with a sharing plugin for the Nokia N900. You can use it to upload pictures to Twitter, using a variety of services. Right now it supports Twitpic, Twitgoo, Mobypicture, img.ly and Posterous, but it can be easily extended to support other services.
As usual, feedback is appreciated.
This is the second day here at GUADEC (although I arrived a few days earlier for the GNOME Developer Training).
Many other Igalians are here with me and we have a few talks this year about, but I won’t go into much detail since Juanjo has already summarised it pretty well in his blog.
What I just want to say here is that we have a brand new website. It’s been a few years since we published the previous one and we think this one represents much better who we are, so we hope you like it!
I’d like to highlight that this year, and for the first time, this conference was to take place in Hispanic America, with Chile being the host country, but the unfortunate event of the earthquake forced the organisation to move it to Galicia instead. The local LUG (GPUL) has a lot of experience organising this kind of events (including the second edition of GUADEC-ES, which also took place here), so I’m sure we’ll all have a great time.
And after that me and a bunch of other Igalians are flying to the Netherlands to attend GUADEC. I had a great time in that country last year during the Maemo Summit and I was already looking forward to returning. This year I don’t have a talk as such at GUADEC, but I’ll be at the GNOME developer training sessions along with Dave Neary, Fernando Herrera and Claudio Saavedra, helping people to learn how to make the most of the GNOME development platform.
And as usual, GUADEC and GUADEC-ES are sponsored by Igalia and many of us are giving several talks in both conferences.
Hope to meet you there!
There were talks about OpenStreetMap, Git, Debian Blends and Semantic Web among other things. I myself talked about Emacs and I think I even converted a couple of Vim users 😉
And here’s the group photo:
As you can see, the weather was delightful, so I ran straight to the beach after lunch
It’s been almost two months since my last blog post so here’s a quick update on the things I’ve been doing lately.
The first thing that I’d like to mention is the upcoming release of Vagalume 0.8.3 (which will probably happen during this weekend). The only changes in this version are that menus and dialogs have been fremantlized using the Hildon 2.2 style. It’s not an enourmous change, but it was about time
Here’s a screenshot of the new preferences dialog (click to enlarge):
Note that this release is only interesting for N900 users. There are no significant changes in v0.8.3 compared to v0.8.2 for other platforms.
There’s been quite a few changes in Hildon during the last weeks. The maemo.org Bugzilla has been working reasonably well and I’m glad to say that some important bugs that have been fixed lately were reported directly by end users.
Apart from tons of bug fixes and speed improvements, perhaps the most easily noticeable change in Hildon that you’ll see in the upcoming Maemo update is the new “live search” feature for tree views.
You’ve seen it in the “Contacts” application and Claudio talked about it some weeks ago. There’s been a lot of tuning since then (including the support for icon views) and now it’s essentially ready. I hope it’ll make the overall user experience of the N900 a bit better.
Last, but not least, tomorrow I’m flying to Brussels to attend FOSDEM 2010.
We’ll arrive soon so we’ll be at the beer event on Friday night.
See you there!
Here’s how it looks (click to enlarge):
We also have a new logo designed by Otto Krüja:
Many things have changed since the previous version. These are some of the highlights (read the full list here):
- Implemented the Last.fm Web Services API v2.0
- Support for Libre.fm and other Last.fm-compatible services
- Support for Maemo 5 (Nokia N900)
- New logo and other UI changes
- Sleep timer (i.e. stop playback after X minutes)
- New configuration setting to download free tracks automatically
If you are interested in Libre.fm or the support for multiple servers you should read the Vagalume FAQ.
Very important for N900 users: as you may already know, Last.fm does not allow streaming music to mobile phones. If you are Last.fm user and you have a Nokia N900 then you should really read the FAQ (and also this post).
N900 users will also notice that the UI hasn’t been completely adapted to the Maemo 5 style. That is going to happen soon, but since I didn’t want to delay this release even more, this version uses the classic UI.
A Moblin version is also in the works. Expect a release soon.
Updated 15 Dec 2009: Some users are experiencing connection problems after upgrading to Vagalume 0.8. This problem has already been fixed, so expect a new version soon.
Updated 16 Dec 2009: I’ve just released Vagalume 0.8.1 with the aforementioned fix (see changes here).
Updated 21 Dec 2009: And Vagalume 0.8.2 is out, with one more fix for another connection problem (see changes here).