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In the quest to become the first cvs.gnome.org module with the letter 'z', I called the gdialog rewrite 'zenity'.

Not more than an hour later hadess created the first cvs.gnome.org module with the letter 'q', a frontend to the ipod called 'qahog'.

Clearly, an important day in the life of GNOME.
The holiday period is so nice - it lets you do things that you normally don't have much time for. Consequently, I've been reading 'Just for Fun' and 'The Code Book', both fascinating reads in very, very different ways. My brothers bought my sister a DVD player for Christmas, so it's been nice to be able to watch some of the DVD's on a slightly bigger screen [my 12" laptop isn't all that good for DVD watching].

I've even been...
[gasp]
...coding - rewriting gdialog to be slightly less lame. There's a huge amount of code duplication right now but it's getting there [warning, error, question, entry, calendar, progress and file selection dialogs already completed]. It's also nice to be able to avoid adding curses support. I'm rather avoiding the command line argument parsing right now, but I guess I'm going to have to do that sometime real soon now. It's wonderfully easy coding that doesn't involve a huge amount of thought. It's not as if I'm 'scratching my own itch here' - I rather feel I owe it to gnome-utils now :/

Very much looking forward to spending New Year's up in the hills of Wicklow. Hopefully the weather will be good enough to spend the previous day walking...and um, drinking.
It has been a pretty interesting couple of months and it's nice to reflect a little while I have a few days of work away from the stresses...ahem...of my work life.

The GNOME work at Sun has been going pretty well - we're well on our way to getting GNOME 2 on Solaris, which I think is a pretty major achievement from all involved, including our friends at Ximian, Wipro and the wider community. It's pretty scarey to think that I've been on his project more than 2 years now. Just wonder what the future holds as we move into the new year.

From a hacking point of view, I still haven't achieved anything much - I'd like to think that this might change next year, but I can't imagine I'll have much time to sit down and put some serious effort into something worthwhile.

I still wonder sometimes how I managed to be a part of the release team and, just recently, the Foundation Board. I guess that shatters the long time ideology that open source is only about code. It clearly doesn't. I guess that I'm the living proof.

The office is getting increasingly lonely these days as more and more people start working remotely. It's nice to be on a project that allows you such freedom - while decreasing the amount of freedom for those souls who are working at the office. I'm now plagued by more mails, more queries and more meetings. It gets rather frustrating sometimes and I'm not entirely sure how to deal with it most effectively other than a polite, under the breath, 'fuck off. leave me alone'.

So will we see new things next year in GNOME?

You can bet on it.
o/~"

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...
Twelve GNOMErs GNOMEing,
Eleven directors boarding,
Ten schedules a creeping,
Nine Bowies trolling,
Eight Havocs a wncking,
Seven oggs a streaming,
Six Waughs a GARing,
Five transparent things,
Four #gnome nerds,
Three PayPal friends,
Two FIXED bugs
and GNOME with a rocking Metacity.
"o/~

Happy Christmas GNOME.
o/~"

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...
Eleven directors boarding,
Ten schedules a creeping,
Nine Bowies trolling,
Eight Havocs a wncking,
Seven oggs a streaming,
Six Waughs a GARing,
Five transparent things,
Four #gnome nerds,
Three PayPal friends,
Two FIXED bugs and GNOME with a rocking Metacity.

"o/~
o/~"

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...
Ten schedules a creeping,
Nine Bowies trolling,
Eight Havocs a wncking,
Seven oggs a streaming,
Six Waughs a GARing,
Five transparent things,
Four #gnome nerds,
Three PayPal friends,
Two FIXED bugs
and GNOME with a rocking Metacity.

"o/~
o/~"

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...
Nine Bowies trolling,
Eight Havocs a wncking,
Seven oggs a streaming,
Six Waughs a GARing,
Five transparent things, Four #gnome nerds,
Three PayPal friends,
Two FIXED bugs
and a GNOME with a rocking Metacity.

"o/~
o/~"

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...
Eight Havocs a wncking,
Seven oggs a streaming,
Six Waughs a GARing,
Five transparent things,
Four #gnome nerds,
Three PayPal friends,
Two FIXED bugs
and GNOME with a rocking Metacity.
"o/~

17 Dec 2002 (updated 18 Dec 2002 at 11:04 UTC) »
o/~"

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...
Seven oggs a streaming,
Six Waughs a GARing,
Five transparent things,
Four #gnome nerds,
Three PayPal friends,
Two FIXED bugs
and GNOME with a rocking Metacity.

"o/~
16 Dec 2002 (updated 18 Dec 2002 at 11:05 UTC) »
o/~"

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...
Six Waughs a GARing,
Five transparent things,
Four #gnome nerds,
Three PayPal friends,
Two FIXED bugs
and GNOME with a rocking Metacity.

"o/~

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