My name is Alberto Garcia and this is my first (well, second) post in Planet Debian. So I’ll introduce myself.
I’m a free software developer and enthusiast from Galicia, Spain. I studied computer science at the Corunha University, where I first heard about GNU/Linux and Debian. After leaving university I co-founded Igalia with a group of friends. We’ve been working on lots of different things during all these years, but some projects we’ve been particularly involved in include GNOME, Maemo/MeeGo and WebKit.
Although I’ve been using Debian for more than a decade now (my first -and still running!- installation was in 1997) and I’m quite familiar with the distribution, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I started maintaining packages officially.
Apart from software, my other main hobby is music. When I’m not using my computer you’ll find me at some concert (preferably small bands: I hate long queues, crowded places and being far from the stage). It’s no coincidence that my first Debian package was a Last.fm player 😉
I don’t have much more to add. I’d like to thank Ana for adding me to the planet, and I’m proud to be part of the Debian community!
In the past few weeks I’ve been preparing the Debian packages of FileTea and its companion EventDance. They’re finally available.
FileTea is a free, web-based file sharing system that just works. It only requires a browser, and no user registration is needed. If you want to know more about it, you can read my previous blog post. For a more detailed description, read Nathan Willis’s excellent article on LWN.net. There have been a few changes since that article (HTTPS support in particular) but it’s still the best one you can find on the net.
Igalia still provides a FileTea server at http://filetea.me/, that you can use to share your files and see how it works. We plan to keep offering this service, but you don’t need to trust it/depend on it anymore: now you can apt-get install filetea and have your own.
FileTea is a simple way to send files to other people: drag a file into your web browser, give the link to your friends and they can start downloading it right away.
This is not a substitute for DropBox and the like. FileTea is not a file hosting service: the web server is only used to route the traffic, no data is stored there.
You can see it as a web-based P2P file sharing system, or a replacement for good ol’ DCC SEND. You don’t need to worry about firewalls or redirections: if you can surf the web, you can send the file. The only client that you need is your browser.
FileTea is a project developed by my fellow Igalian Eduardo Lima, and you can see more details about it here. It was written on top of EventDance, a peer-to-peer inter-process communication library based on GLib and also written by him (see also The Web jumps into D-Bus).
FileTea is free software and you can download it and install it in your machine.
We have also set up a server at http://filetea.me/.
Important: this is still an alpha release and our bandwith is limited so bear with us if you find any problem 🙂
Dear Last.fm fellows, I’ve just released Vagalume 0.8.5.
These are the most important changes since the previous version:
- Improved proxy support.
- Support for low-bitrate streams, to save bandwidth.
- GTK+ 3 support.
- New Catalan translation.
This makes 0.8.5 the first Vagalume to support GTK+ 3, and this without even needing to break backwards compatibility. So now it compiles with any GTK+ version from (at least) 2.6 till 3.0 🙂
Source code, as usual, here. Binaries very soon in your favourite distro.
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.
Thanks everyone for coming to the GTK+ Hackfest.
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.
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.
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.
Right now it’s in extras-testing, so if you find it useful you can vote to help it reach the Maemo extras repository.
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!
In a few hours the 7th edition of GUADEC-ES is starting in the coastal city of Coruña.
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!