I can’t imagine anything worse than waking up every morning without any energy for going to work.
The first time I heard that statement I was 17 and it made an impression on me. It made me think of how we use our limited time, which roughly is: 1/3 sleeping, 1/3 at work and 1/3 at what we call spare time. We can’t control how much we need to sleep, but we can take a stance on the other two thirds (work and spare time).
And this is the reason behind my disappearance, my job at BlueSystems was not fun anymore and every project I mantained at KDE felt more like a chore than anything else. After a month of not jumping out of the bed to head to work it was time to move on. So I passed maintainership to the people that were actually doing the job (special mention to David) and I quit my job as a full time KDE hacker.
Nowadays I am working at a company called eyeOS, but more on that in the next post :)
I appreciate all the people that have been asking how I have been during this last year, my apologies for disappeararing without notice.
In light of the last comments containing insults and other attacks to members of our community I have decided to make a video blog explaining my thoughts on the issue.
The video contains two separate topics:
- Explanation of why we can't tolerate this behavior
- Some ideas on the actual matter (Baloo)
Please, watch the whole thing before commenting and I hope we all work together to push away the trolls in our community.
This is the first of three posts where I am going to share my vision for the desktop apps of the short-term future.
When I am using my workstation or laptop I find myself spending most of my time in the browser, with it I do a lot of different tasks I used to be doing with many different native applications for example: listening to music, watching videos, chatting with friends, sending pictures...
When I am using my tablet or phone though the situation changes. I find myself rarely using the browser, in fact I only use it to visit some site I saw on another app like Twitter or Facebook.
At the beginning (HTC Magic, my first Android phone) I thought this was because the browser was so unbearable that they had to come out with an alternative to the web, so they came out with "specific apps", that is one app per each internet service or purpose.
But things have evolved since, and now my Nexus5 and 7 can render websites some times even better and faster than my laptop, but anyway I still prefer to use Android apps. Why?
Both web and android apps are way better at managing content than we are.
They always have something to show to you: perhaps something new that might interest you? perhaps a bold guess based on you previous search? or perhaps just what is "hot" nearby? Two of the best example are Youtube and Spotify.
Your content is available everywhere, and I am not talking only about putting stuff into the "cloud" but I am talking about your online profile. Continuing with the example of Youtube and Spotify on both apps you will have your: playlist, subscriptions, radios, friend list on any device either via the app or the web.
Sharing content is damn easy on both either by copying the url on the Web or by clicking the omnipresent share button in Android. As a matter of fact I don't remember the last time I shared a picture or an article using a desktop app... Probably it was really long ago.
They know what content you like... They know your habits... They know everything and they use it to provide the most convenient content at all time. Oh look! It is Monday, perhaps you want to watch the new video uploaded in this Youtube channel as you do every week?
Finally, both web and Android apps try to avoid making the user think too much which I find it to be a relief when I am using them. Again they do this by knowing what content you are interested on and by providing it to you in the best possible way.
That is it for now, In part II I will explain the current situation of the desktop apps and in part III I will show a mockup of a video app I hope to work on someday. In the meanwhile what do you think? Is the same thing I describe in this article happening to you?
If you are reading this blog you probably know how things work in the GNU/Linux Desktop, some people develop software and then some other people distribute that software. This usually works quite well since the people distributing the software (In this case KDE software) work with us, and together we make sure that the final product is awesome.
This system works as long as both, upstream (KDE) and downstream (Distributions) work together, but some times collaboration does not happen and problems appear. In those cases the experience that the user gets is not the experience we designed from KDE.
This is quite similar to what happens in the Android world, HTC/Samsung/LG do their own versions of it containing a different set of applications, configurations, services, etc. Google then releases what their think Android should be. In the same way Kubuntu/Opensuse/Fredora/Chakra do what they think is correct when it comes to updates, default applications, modify our software etc, meaning that in most cases the software is delivered in a different way from what we envision.
This is why I want you to demand to your distribution to offer a full KDE Experience, this means:
- Not patching our software.
- Upgrading to all minor releases.
- Not using software that is no longer supported by us.
- Offering all pre-releases as optional.
- Use the latest supported middle-ware and libraries (bluez, networkmanager, udisk, Qt, virtuoso...)
In order for distributions to do this we need to build some infrastructure we currently lack; what is the latest supported virtuoso? or the latest supported BlueZ? Currently only the respective developers know about these things.
While we work on setting up those bits of infrastructure there are things you can already demand from your distributions - minor upgrades, no patching, or making all pre-releases available.
Since January 2013 the BlueSystems office in Barcelona has been open for anybody related to KDE to join us, a great example has been Albert Vaca who has been coming to the office to work on his GSoC, some other examples are the mini Framework sprints that have been held in the office.
Now, we are happy to announce that the Office is finally ready to hold sprints up to 30 people, and our intention is to hold as many sprints/KDE Events as possible!
The office is situated in Barcelona centre:
- Connected to Europe via train, trip to Paris is around 6h.
- Well connected to the world via El Prat airport.
- Around 30min from the airport in Taxi, 45min in bus.
- Situated between Plaça Espanya and Catalunya (two transport nexuses) , .
And it has all the commodities needed for a sprint:
- Cheap accommodation near by the office.
- 100Mb FTTH connection.
- Prepared to setup icecream
- Comfortable chairs
- Keys for the sprint organizers
So, if you are thinking on organizing a sprint know that our office is always available!
Hope to see you in Barcelona !