News has been the main theme of my last weeks at GNOME. The new news.gnome.org website is still a work in progress, but getting closer to the goal all the time. Take a look at the site here.
One of the portions I’m excited about is the fact that we will be providing a place for people inside or outside of the GNOME community to contribute their own articles, story ideas, or event announcements from the site. These submissions will be sent to a “News Crew” mailing list, where they will be edited and then included on the site. Much of what is included on news.gnome.org will then be fed to gnome.org and social media. So, the submission section has the possibility of really invigorating the news process for GNOME and making it more “open source”. I hope it also results in some fun and interesting stories.
I really hope the new version of news.gnome.org will be a benefit to GNOME, inspiring more communication inside the community and refreshing the public face of GNOME.
I also got to contribute to the design of a cool new comic outlining the application process for the GNOME Outreach Program for Women. This project was such a great example of the “community” process in action. Yu Liansu, Tamara, Meg Ford and Marina Zhurakhinskaya and I all collaborated to make the comic happen. We had a couple of emails that crossed in the ethers, but the collaboration really worked very well. I spread the info about the program to several forums in the last couple of days, so I hope our comic presentationand helps women feel more comfortable and supported in the application process.
In the last couple of weeks, I have worked on various gnomie tasks:
- I submitted a nomination application entering GNOME for a 2012 Computer World Honors Award. Thank you so much to Karen Sandler, Juanjo Marin, and Bryen Yunashko for all your help. Collaboration works, and what a fun way to get the job done! We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
- Started working with Allan Day on the big project of improving the news infrastructure of GNOME. We hope to streamline the process for gathering and distributing news, with the goals of stimulating more contributions, ensuring fresh content on http://www.gnome.org, and communicating more effectively with our 16,000 followers on social media like Facebook and Twitter.
- Our current thoughts are represented in the diagram below, which I added to the wiki, along with comments. Sri has suggested creating some quality videos from events like GUADEC. I’d be more than happy to make the videos happen at GUADEC, if I get to go! BryenY has made several suggestions about the News Crew editorial process based on his experience creating news for openSUSE. Of course, he reminded me again of the importance of subtitles in all of our videos- thank you Bryen 🙂
Finally, our fearless leader, Karen Sandler, has received rave reviews for her keynote presentation at Linux Conference Australia. According to Jacob Applebaum, “Karen Sandler’s keynote at
#LCA2012 is hilarious; she’s a great public speaker and her talk about heart implants is thought provoking.” Thank you, Karen.
It’s gonna be a good year!
I’ve been enjoying working on the new “friends” pages of the website. They’re about ready to go, except for the donation form, the most important part!
Take a look here: http://www.gnome.org/friends-2
Yesterday, I saw a request on the wiki for an ad to be made and placed on stackoverflow. I made one, and it received enough votes to be placed in rotation on their site. They suggested I should place it in a couple of other forums as well- so I plan to! Here it is:
It’s winter in the Colorado mountains. We’re skiing and skating, and hoping for more snow!
I am Christy Eller, and I LOVE WORKING FOR THE GNOME PROJECT!
I’m a new intern with the Gnome Outreach Program for Women. I live in Paonia, Colorado, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in the USA. I co-owned a wireless ISP here until we sold it 2 years ago. I do freelance graphic/web design, and technology consulting. I have used exclusively Open Source software for many years, and am so happy to be able to contribute to this project.
- learned to use git
- learned the infrastructure of Gnome, the procedures for editing the website, got access to http://www.gnome.org and wp.gnome.org and www-oldgnome.org
- filed 2 bugs and made 3 patches
- suggested that there needed to be a new process for editing the wptest.gnome.org repository files, so that developers can test their edits before pushing them to the live http://www.gnome.org repositories (i.e. I created a bunch of new work for Allan, Andrea, Jeff, and maybe Sri – thank you to all)
- made (mostly grammatical) edits to the gnome.org website
- chose a plugin for the gnome.org wordpress site that enables email notifications to be sent whenever a change is made to gnome.org from the wp interface (thank you to Jeff for installing it)
Besides all that work, I had a lot of fun:
- I started learning to “love the smell of rebasing first thing in the morning”, as Allan suggested I would.
- I enjoyed an informative and fun irc meeting with other women interns and mentors. We spent a great deal of time discussing the perils of the “hackergotchi”, including the very serious issue of whether long hair can be successfully included in the graphic.
- I found that Marina and I seem to be on the same wavelength, as we made the same comment simultaneously several times during IRC chat.
- I was notified by Marina that I had overwritten Emily’s wiki art request. She almost ended up with my hackergotchi head! Fortunately, tragedy was averted at the last moment.
I look forward to another week of work, because I have found the Gnome community to be especially helpful, super friendly, extremely cooperative, very intelligent and remarkably FUN!