GNOME 3 install-fest took place in Beijing, too

The install-fest event in Beijing was held yesterday (15 Jun) at Novell office, organized by Emily Chen (GNOME board member) and fellow bjgug (Beijing GNOME user group) members. Li Bin (developer in Novell, GNOME development of contributor, he will attend the summit in Berlin) introduce by running GNOME3 based on OpenSuse 11.4 for new features and operation.

We look forward to GNOME3 has been a long time, and yet GNOME3 show us many fashion features, including its Activities, Search, Workspaces, Switching, Maximizing and tiling, Dash. (I have no technology knowledge, so I don’t know this part of new features:)

I list the question who asked during the introduction and also more concerned about:

Shut-down button. When the speaker shows the magic the shut-down button will appear once you press the Alt key, everyone laughed, including both supportive and disagreeable audiences:)

Utilization of space on the desktop. The left and top space always made some people want to utilize it especially in the smaller screen.

Finally, thank Novell provided the venue, and thank all of your participation and support, there are includ some members in Novell, Debian, Ubuntu.

Start working on web stuff too

Hey all

Thanks for everybody supporting and commenting my work.

At the outset I was offered to work on visual identity OR gnome web work. I used to mostly work with jEdit (css/html) and gimp. I opted for doing visual identity for the excitement of potential achievement, and the special opportunity of learning and using Inkscape.

After having worked with VI for two week or so, I decide it’s best for me to battle two fronts at the same time: to start working on web stuff too. For inspiration do not come from concentrating but from diffusing one’s mind, and alteration of topic from day to day offered me the diffuseness I need. I am reading to see where I can be of aid to gnome website project.

Two things that come to mind is migrating Foundation web [1] and Friends of GNOME [2] to the WordPress version of the site.

Foundation – This one is pretty much about moving content and fixing the navigation and it’s a good task for getting started with WordPress and getting to know the template system, get a feel for the style etc. (a special footer graphics would be cool) I would advice to start with this one.

Friends – Needs slightly more work. I did some work late last year [3] with some jquery magic, but never finished it. It might need a specific WordPress template and some additional hacks to get working, but nothing too hard.

The challenge on gnome web work are two quite different ones, that I didn’t yet meet in my last foss contribution (news rss ticker website).

First, there is a web planning/interactiveness design challenge that exists on every web project. To make a good website is to first understand the audience. I am limited to only understand a segment of gnome audiences. I don’t program and don’t know what programmers look for on gnome website, nor work with other IT companies to establish upper-lower stream relationship, which means I don’t know what vendors look for from gnome website. Luckily the burden of this aspect seems to be on the shoulder of my mentors, but I should keep aware of the audiences during my work.

Second there is a technical challenge. I used to be confident about my basic knowledge of HTML/CSS, but I am a slow learner on getting used to a CMS. It took me one year or two to get used to theme for Drupal! I start to worry I may need a lot time to get used to wordpress. Most programmers must think me a slow learner. I do get used to technical things very slowly. I hope learning CMS is like learning a foreign language: as soon as you manage the 3rd language, the 4th, 5th languages are much easier.

BTW, here is a few VI mock-up and icons I retouched:

visual identity approach: simple line-drawing icons

Since Allan Day and Andreas Nilsson giving me some suggestion and inspirational material these days, I got the new idea to frame up GNOME VI in my head. As I get a view from the current GNOME style and trend, I suppose to create a series of “GNOME style” icons to design GNOME’s VI.  The idea is to offer a lot of icons with concepts not limited to representation of applications but can be used to form multiple publications, brochures and such like. A similar VI design approach is taken by IBM in their initiative “The Smart Planet”.

A few samples are attached. It’s a direction, an idea.

Here are a list of icons to establish vi concept, I draw some of these, some are taken from elements of GNOME exist icons:

A poster draft: