Back home :)

So, after spending a week with an awesome set of people and at an awesome place, I came back to the regular mundane college life back here in India. But I just can’t keep myself away from thinking about the time I had in GUADEC.

This was my first GUADEC, and people say it keeps getting better every year, I don’t know how it can be any better than this! I had one of the best times of my life, met awesome people, got to learn a lot. All the talks plus getting to know the first hand experience of all the amazing designers, coders, developers who all also turned out to be great friends! It was great!

Apart from the talks, how can I forget to mention all the fun parties we had ๐Ÿ˜€ and the dance (and the search for vegetarian food ๐Ÿ˜› ) .

And lastly, the tour of Brno, the history of the place coming from such an amazing guide was mesmerizing ๐Ÿ™‚ .

There were few people with whom I did get to spend a little more time than the others and got to know them better. I would like to mention them here ๐Ÿ™‚ :

Fabiana and Andreas : You guys are just so awesome! You are everything one wants as a mentor ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope to learn a lot from both of you.

Andrea : You are such a life saver! It was great meeting you in person after bugging you so much online! Hope you plan your visit to India soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Tiffany : You were a great roomie! And thanks for having me in that video of yours ๐Ÿ™‚

Magdalen: You are such an awesome person! So energetic and full of enthusiasm. It’s always great talking to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Aruna, Sindhu : It was great meeting you guys, hope to see you sometime in India soon!

Mattias : It was great talking to you. Hope to see you next year too!

Giovanni: Thanks a lot for all the time you helped us and yeah, Virgin Mojito is not that bad afterall ๐Ÿ˜›

Bogdan : It was great meeting you.ย PS: Don’t freak out next time you have meal with an Indian, we are used to eating a little more spice and salt than usual ๐Ÿ˜›

Sri: Thanks for taking us to the great restaurant ๐Ÿ™‚ . It was great talking to you and to know that we share the taste of old Hindi songs !

To all the people I forgot to mention here and to all the people I couldn’t get a chance to know, I am really really eager to see everyone next year again and thanks for such an awesome experience!

And at last, thanks to GNOME for giving me this opportunity to attend GUADEC and have a really great time. Thanks for sponsoring me to come to attend the event ๐Ÿ™‚

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GUADEC it is!!

Heya!

So after the 11 hours journey that it was, from India to Brno, my excitement was reaching a whole new level! We landed at Vienna and then took a bus from there to Brno and I must say, this is such a beautiful place! And yeah it is my first trip to Europe, so everything here just adds on to my excitement ๐Ÿ˜€ .

The conference started on 1st August, it is supposed to be from 1st to 8th of August. The day before that was mostly about meeting the people we had only contacted over IRC and knew them by their nicks on the channels. It was such a great experience! I must tell you, if you think, by any chance, that the open source work or community sound a little boring, you are wrong! The community is fun, and the people are even more awesome here at GNOME! The welcome party was a hit ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone got to meet everyone (almost ๐Ÿ˜› , some people had late flights so they couldn’t attend it) and we had free drinks ๐Ÿ˜€ (see, I did tell you, the open source community always has its own share of fun ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) .

The first day of the conference saw people coming in since the morning. The keynote on the first day was by Ethan Lee and was supposed to be followed by talks. We had some really good talks on the first day. Actually, there were so many good talks, and some had their timings clashing, so the attendees had to make a tough choice between the talks. There was a talk about GNOME’s OSTree project by Colin Walters. It was a great one. The OSTree is not a commercial product yet, but it has great utility. It basically simplifies your task to keep updating your packages separately. The gnome-ostree build system watches for commits toย many git repositories builds them, integrates them into a completeย file system tree that can be downloaded using theย ย tool. Its of great use to designers. It was originally created to make the life of designers at Gnome easier.

Then throughout the day there were ย interesting talks by many people. The talk by Fabiana Simoes about how should one not report the UX bugs was great and other talks too were awesome. I just told you, it was actually difficult for the attendees to choose between the talks ๐Ÿ™‚ .ย 

So, I shall keep you updated on all the GUADEC stuff, actually I can’t keep myself from doing it anyways, because there is always so much to write and so much to tell about it!ย 

Cya ๐Ÿ™‚

Saumya