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Friday, April 29, 2005
 DesktopCon Last Call

Tomorrow is the last day to submit proposals for talks on Desktop Developers' Conference this July in Ottawa. Last year it was some seventy of us there, pretty cool. I'm looking forward to meet more faces this year. I almost know what I'm going to talk about, but I've not submitted yet. Have been busy marking two final exams and an assignment, before I head to Niagara Falls and New York in a few hours. I'm going to meet Noah that should be fun, and a lot of old Iranian friends. I like to meet more hackers though.

Jamesh:'s compile farm is a very handy way to make sure your packages build on Solaris and MacOS X. All you need to gain access to that is to be a member of an active project. One can open a project for tinderboxing only.

have a great trip baby. :*
Have a nice trip...
+ I would like to know your ideas about this project :
Do u have time to try it ?

I do not try distributions these days (in fact I never did). I do not even explore the latest features of my distro, Fedora. I've run out of time, so I do not have time to configure the software, it should just work. That's why I prefer Epiphany to Mozilla, or hate Gaim. You've got to configure Mozilla (a lot) and Gaim (a little) to make them usable...

Switching between distros takes a lot of time to get used to the new environment. Eventually we may end up with one ideal distro for everybody (kidding), but until then, I believe Fedora is the best for me. Feel free to ask for my rationale if that may change your mind.

But there's another reason that all these Persian distros do not itch my curiousity: Persian support does not come from the air, nor the packagers introduce them. They come from developers identifying, solving, and implementing them, and by far I'm the only Iranian doing that in the Gnome desktop these days. Everybody else, including Roozbeh, are busy translating, packaging, and changing default settings of what we have today, I'm thinking about what we want to have tomorrow. That's why I'm working on better and faster OpenType support, better use of Unicode Character Database, etc. None of them Persian specific, yet they make for a better Persian-user experience.
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