Letting it run out

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A couple of years ago I applied and was granted membership into the GNOME Foundation. At the time, I was helping out with GNOME Journal and running GNOME Miro Community.

Since then, GNOME Miro Community fizzled out and stopped because it didn't find a compelling reason to exist (wasn't interesting for marketing, didn't do a good job of indexing conference video, ...). GNOME Journal fizzled too and I stopped working on it.

Also, in September, I left PCF where I was working on Miro which uses a lot of GNOME technologies.

Given that, I decided not to renew my membership. I'm a little bummed, but I'm not doing anything. I do wish them well. I will miss the periodic anti-FSF fireworks.

GNOME Miro Community status - 3/31/2010

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The article I wrote for GNOME Journal about GNOME Miro Community went live yesterday. You can read it here. It's a great introduction to why I created GNOME Miro Community, what can be done with it, and how you can help. Many thanks to Sumana and Paul for their help with getting it published!

While working on that article and the screenshot, I fixed a few templates and some of the CSS (with the help of Parker from OpenHatch). There should be RSS feed links on all of the listing pages now. Additionally, I did a pass through all the videos and removed ones that have disappeared.

Sumana pointed out that in order to submit a video to the site, you had to be logged in. That was a mistake--I really apologize. In order for this site to be useful to as many people as possible, it's important not to have barriers to video submission like that. If you balked at having to sign in while submitting a video, please try again.

There are two kinds of videos I'm really interested in adding to the site:

  1. up-to-date videos showing GNOME Shell, GNOME Activity Journal, and Zeitgeist that show new functionality added recently and specify which version is being demonstrated,
  2. howto, tutorial and screencast videos for important things that need more of a spotlight; for example, accessibility

If you have anything that fills these needs, submit a video or send me an email!

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A little over a week ago, I started Gnome Miro Community. I'm a Miro developer and we use a ton of Gnome stuff in the application. The site will index Gnome related videos from around the Internet. I hope it'll aid Gnome development.

I started a few categories: gnome-shell, gstreamer, and GUADEC 2009. I'll be adding to these going forward.

One of the big things that I did was to bulk load the GUADEC 2009 videos into Gnome MC. I built an RSS feed, populated it with descriptions of the talks from the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit wiki pages, and pulled it all into Gnome MC. Today I pulled down the videos and generated thumbnails for everything and pushed that up, too. Took about 5 hours in total, but the data is much more useful now.

Gnome MC will do searches every night for new material out there. I'll keep tabs on this queue. If you know of videos that haven't been added either let me know or submit them through the site.

I'm really excited about this site and I'll do my best to keep it going and make it as useful as possible. I hope it helps to make Gnome as awesome as it can be!