9 years of Igalia

Posted by berto on December 02, 2010

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.

Claudio and API rehearsing

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.

Democracy begins in the workplace

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.

Group picture

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.

The GTK+ Artillery

Posted by berto on October 26, 2010

The GTK+ Artillery

Thanks everyone for coming to the GTK+ Hackfest.

GTK+ Hackfest 2010

Posted by berto on October 19, 2010

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.

Orzán en obras

The agenda is to basically put GTK+ 3 into shape, and is detailed here. We’ve also been following and discussing comments from people who are not there, such as Havoc’s proposals.

GTK+ Hackfest 2010

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!

Twitter sharing plugin for the N900

Posted by berto on August 25, 2010

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.

Twitter sharing plugin for the N900

Right now it’s in extras-testing, so if you find it useful you can vote to help it reach the Maemo extras repository.

Click to install

As usual, feedback is appreciated.

Enjoy!

New Igalia website

Posted by berto on July 29, 2010

This is the second day here at GUADEC (although I arrived a few days earlier for the GNOME Developer Training).

Fer and Xan at GUADEC 2010

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!

New Igalia website

GUADEC and GUADEC-ES are here

Posted by berto on July 22, 2010

In a few hours the 7th edition of GUADEC-ES is starting in the coastal city of Coruña.

Surf's up

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.

I am attending GUADEC

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!

DudesConf 2010

Posted by berto on April 12, 2010

This weekend spring came to town, and me and some fellow Igalians went to DudesConf 2010.

This has been the third edition of the conference (sort of a Spanish Debconf), hosted -as usual- at the Corunha University by GPUL, a local LUG with more than 10 years of history.

DudesConf gathers every year some of the most active Spanish Debian developers to hack, discuss, have fun, enjoy Galician cuisine and drink Queimada.

Queimada

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:

DudesConf 2010

As you can see, the weather was delightful, so I ran straight to the beach after lunch :)

Tomeu Vizoso (Sugar Labs) na Corunha

Posted by berto on February 09, 2010

O próximo dia 11 de Fevereiro, e como parte do Master em Software Livre, Tomeu Vizoso estará no local de Igalia na Corunha das 16 às 19 horas para falar do projecto Sugar.

Sugar

A entrada é aberta a todo o mundo, só limitada pola capacidade do local.

Mais info no blogue de Tomeu (em inglês) e no blogue do master (em espanhol).

Updates on Hildon and Vagalume

Posted by berto on February 04, 2010

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.

Vagalume 0.8.3

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):

Vagalume preferences dialog

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.

Hildon development

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.

Hildon Live Search

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.

FOSDEM 2010

Last, but not least, tomorrow I’m flying to Brussels to attend FOSDEM 2010.

I'm going to FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting

Some fellow Igalians are giving talks there (Joaquim about OCRFeeder and SeriesFinale, Victor about the dspbridge for OMAP3 and Philippe about multimedia in WebKitGTK+ with GStreamer).

We’ll arrive soon so we’ll be at the beer event on Friday night.

See you there!

Remapping the N900 arrow keys

Posted by berto on December 17, 2009

Here’s a tip for those of you using an N900 with an English keyboard.

For those who don’t know it, this is how arrow keys are arranged in (some) non-English layouts:

N900 keyboard

Compare to the English layout:

N900 keyboard

My N900 has an English keyboard, and I like it because I use the X terminal a lot so having separate keys for the arrows is good.

However I miss the accents (in particular ‘ and ~) as I usually write in Portuguese and Spanish, and using the additional on-screen keyboard is not that convenient for a Jabber conversation.

Fortunately, arrow keys can be re-mapped to add extra symbols by editing this file:

/usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/nokia_vndr/rx-51

Just go to the end of the file and replace the ‘arrows_4btns‘ entry with this:


xkb_symbols "arrows_4btns" {
key <UP> { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Up, dead_circumflex ] };
key <LEFT> { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Left, dead_acute ] };
key <DOWN> { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Down, dead_tilde ] };
key <RGHT> { type[Group1] = "PC_FN_LEVEL2", symbols[Group1] = [ Right, dead_grave ] };
};

With this, Fn+Up/Down/Left/Right will produce a dead circumflex/tilde/acute accent/grave accent.

If you want these changes to take effect immediately just type ‘setxkbmap us‘.

Hope you find it useful.

Update 19 Dec 2009. Since some people have asked: of course even if you only write in English or another language that doesn’t need accents, you can still add useful symbols to the arrow keys such as ‘|‘, ‘<‘ or ‘>‘. You can use any of these keyboard layouts as an example. See also this thread and this other one.

Update 10 Jan 2010. The information on this post is now (in expanded form) in the Maemo wiki.