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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
 Akademy+GUADEC *2009* Hosting Proposals

In response to our joint call-for-bids earlier this year, the GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. boards received three proposals tohost Akademy+GUADEC 2009. The bids are available for review here.

The boards did not receive any separate bids for Akademy-only or GUADEC-only hosting. Which proves again, how excited the community is about the joint conference. Note that we got only one bid for GUADEC 2008, and two bids for the year before that.

At this time we are soliciting comments from the GNOME community and other GUADEC regulars. Please use the thread on foundation-list to submit your comments. The review period closes on July 4th, in preparation for making a decision in Istanbul.


On behalf of GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. boards

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
 Mozilla Toronto Firefox 3 Launch Party Tonight

Open party at the Mozilla Toronto office. Free as in Free Beer. RSVP here.

UPDATE: download Firefox 3 before 17:00 UTC on June 18, 2008 to help make a Guinness World Record of most downloads in a day!

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Monday, June 09, 2008
 GTK+ modules to the rescue

GTK+ has this very simple module API: gtk_module_init() is called to initialize the module.

GTK+ modules are a very easy and effective way to add functionality to GTK+ that requires features from components way higher in the stack. They can also be quite handy as debugging tools.

Say, we want to measure it takes for an application to finish starting up. I've seen many people do this in one of two ways:
I wrote a small gtk module (accompanying Makefile) to do just that. The whole thing is only 50 lines. You can run it with:


Monday, June 02, 2008
 Online font installation

Just submitted patches for GTK+ and gnome-settings-daemon to monitor all fontconfig configuration and react to changes.

What this means is that with the patches in place:
Interestingly, no changes in Pango were needed.

Next step, detect missing fonts and make PackageKit show a notification offering to install needed fonts.

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