GNOME.Asia 2016

Last month I had a chance to attend GNOME.Asia 2016, held in Delhi this year. While it was my second time to visit India – the last visit was the memorable FOSS.IN in 2012 in Bangalore, it still feels special. I arrived on the day before the first day so I could attend the whole conference. The first day was for workshops and I learned the GStreamer API for the first time.

The second day started with Cosimo’s keynote on sandboxed applications and distribution. I only have a brief experience with Flatpak and the OSTree based OS images but it seems to be the future. After that Pravin gave a keynote on Indian specific issues in GNOME and it was great to see most of the things work out of box.

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On the third day, Michael talked about the GNOME based desktop environment customized for the various needs of Chinese users, which I found most interesting. Following his talk I gave a (non-technical) talk on my own experience of writing applications. In the evening, the local volunteers kindly invited us to a criket match and taught us the rules.

After the conference days, I went to Pune for work. While I had to skip the outing to Taj Mahal on the Sunday because of this, Pune was also a really nice place to visit.

I would like to thank the local organizers and GNOME.Asia team for this great conference and the GNOME Foundation for partially sponsoring my trip.

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