In some hours I will go back to Spain. The last three days I was attending the Boston Summit. I will not repeat what happened there as we have really good summaries written by Colin Walters (here) and Matthias Clasen (here and here). Anyway want to comment that was an really good experience (if we skip all that airports/flights delayed thing).
The last time that I attended he Boston summit was on 2009. Reading my “going back home” post that I wrote then, is funny to see how things have changed since then. Although we already knew that we wanted something on that direction for the upcoming GNOME 3, on 2009 gnome-shell was still a kind of proof-of-concept desktop. At that moment I was starting to try to use then then somewhat experimental Cally module on gnome-shell, and at the post I mentioned that Emmanuele Bassi was ok with adding accessibility related API on Clutter. Now we don’t have Cally as a isolated module anymore. All that code is part of Clutter source code. Since GNOME 3.0 Gnome Shell is the default desktop (and if we finally drop fallback mode, for 3.X Gnome Shell will be THE DESKTOP). Since 3.4 Orca users can interact with the shell, and included several other accessibility-related features. 3.6 showed a improvement, and 3.8 will be event better. A lot of things have changed since 2009, good to see that have “changed” in this case is the same that “improved”.