The Gtk+ Hackfest was good in many ways. Not only did I see a lot of cool people that I haven’t seen for a long time (since I missed GUADEC last year) but I also met a few new ones, that I only knew from IRC before, like e.g. hpj. Having those clever people around is also a good way to learn new tricks and steal some useful scripts. It was really motivating for me. I used most of the time in Berlin to do some real hacking and the result of it was the implementation of GtkMountOperation which hit svn yesterday. My first (major) patch to Gtk+. Yay! Of course I also spent time hacking on the webdav backend and gvfs in general which is also my main job these days since we have spring break and canonical is contracting me, until university starts again in mid April, to hack on gvfs to make it stable for the next ubuntu release, i.e. Hardy. I also became maintainer of gvfs, thus continuing the tradition to co maintain the virtual file system for GNOME. I checked when that all started the other day: Dave Camp committed my re-write of the http method for gnome-vfs at the 22nd July of 2004. Its going to be 4 years soon. I also noticed the first patch I *reviewed* and committed was from Ryan. Beginning in April I will also try to do the impossible and fill in the big, big whole that will be there when Alex takes his well deserved break to be there for his little daughter Alice. Its going to be hard when there is no alex__ to ask for advice, but I am pretty confident that we will be fine, since there seem to be a lot of energetic and motivated new gvfs hackers, like Cosimo Cecchi, Carlos Garcia Campos, A. Walton and Wouter Bolsterlee. And of course the old guys like Bastien, Benjamin and David. Everybody is also very welcome to join the excitement and make gio/gvfs even more rocking! Start by joining the new gvfs mailing list. :-)
Last but not least, I had the job to sent “invitation” mails to mentors for this year’s SoC but Ryan already announced on planet that everybody should just sign up and I think that makes more sense to do it that way, so I just repeat that invitation here: Help students and apply as a mentor if you are a member of the GNOME foundation. I have done it the last few years and its also a great experience.