2013年12月10日星期二

The first step of a long journey

I was very happy when I got the exciting news that I was chosen to be an OPW intern for Gnome. But soon, after recalling all the consideration I made before the application, I came to realize that there would be a long way for me to walk through.

Im a lucky bird in this round. In China, there are few brilliant women who ever know or are interested in things like Linux, Gnome, or other free software. In Beijings BLUG (Beijing Linux User Group) for instance, it is very rare to see Chinese women there. This is a result of various culture or society blockings, that are hard to alter. What I could do to help, I believe, is to promote the free software I use, as the first step. That is my initial motivation of translating Gnome.

There is a saying that “if you really want to do something, the help will come to you. When I wanted to know about Gnome, I met the friends from an open source group called Opendrone, and they helped me. Then luckily I attended the Gnome Asia 2013. At the meeting, I met Karen Sandler, Allen Day, Liansu Yu, and Wylmer Wang who becomes my mentor of OPW. He guides me with all the patience and good will. Thanks to all of them. I believe every woman who steps out will surely get the help I got, and see the world I saw. Unfortunately, so many of them dont.

So to help them out, I decide to translate the Gnome Website into Chinese first, before the main task of localizing Gnome 3.10 and Gnome 3.12. The gnome website is a portal into Gnomes world. A Gnome website in Chinese will get them interested in easily, when I recommend Gnome to Chinese women (and other users) the next time. I have already set out to translate the dynamic website module. In this progress, I get to know Gnome more about its recent history. I read about for example Allan Day compiled the keynotes of Gnome 3.4, attended the mini-marketing meeting which change the principle of redesigning Gnome Website with more coherent less repetitive. Next time I meet you guys, do not be surprised that I can tell your story with Gnome!

2013年6月7日星期五

Gnome Asia Summit 2013 in Seoul

The Gnome Asia Summit 2013, held in Seoul, which is the first time for me to get really into open source community. Meeting many Gnome fans, especially from different countries, really gives me  a window to experience different opinions. Thanks for the Gnome Foundation to offer this chance for us.

When we arrived, the first warm welcome from Max~~ Thank you~~ 


At the beginning of the summit, I was really impressed by the keynote speech from Karen Sandler. Her own story of meeting open source is really worth to be told. Which proved perfectly why we need opensource software, we are the one who have the right to decide things really matters, not the doctors, or big companies. Only when the source code is open, can we know what exactly we are choosing.

After that, I enjoyed man various topics and different talking styles. As a new one to gnome, learning some 101 lesson is really helpful. Talk from Bin Lin, who talked about the basics on developing Gnome shell plugins. We try how to build up an extension step by step following him, which is very interesting.

Yu Liansu is a designer whose website design I really like. She showed how to do web designs with Linux and . open software. Her sensitive design ideas, beautiful voice and looking encouraged me in many aspects, not only just how to build arts, but also self-motivated.

And the training session from Wylmer Wang, who is the leader of Chinese translation group, also the leader of me, :). He made us know even translation is an easier way the students could contribute, good translation really need many skills.  He introduced the basics of i18n and l10n, and showed them how to begin Gnome translation on Damned Lies. Then explained some specific problems in translation, with a few examples. His topic really told us how to become a translator.

I also shared my experience of getting into a part of open source community. As a student who started technical  career, telling the stories of how many wrong thing I have done, not only avoid others from the same error, also get many good advise from the geeks. Like Haggen So, who talked about how to show yourself to others, and mysql database situation.

From the summit I got to know many people, most are famous for me for a while. Karen is very nice and lightening to me. Thanks for Max and Eric, who talk about the current computer science education of Taiwan. Liansu is very special and article. 

Thanks to Gnome foundation for sponsoring my trip. Thanks to all the Korean members. Who helped to host the summit, and made a total success.Thanks to our Chinese members for taking care of each other.



Here is some pictures taken during the summit.