From Wednesday up to Saturday we had the pleasure of hosting some very interesting events related to GNOME and open-source.
First of them was the GSoC presentation where previous GSoC students shared their experience with those eager to try it next summer. We had a lot of people interested, thus we nearly filled a whole amphitheater.
The next event (Thursday) was about why open-source is so important not only for individuals, but for the whole world. Here we had Carlos as a speaker and I must say that he did a really great job. He gave away some RedHat swag for those that asked/answered questions.
Apart from the fact that it was 19:00 and everyone must have had a tiring day at the university, we still had students interested.
Compared to what was going to happen during the third event, the first two ones were a piece of cake :).
The third event, which was on Saturday, was a small hackfest (we thought that it was going to be small. We couldn’t have been more wrong). So we announced the event, tried to advertise it as well as we could (we got help from our teacher, Răzvan Deaconescu, he also helped us with the space needed for the event and a lot of other stuff, so we are very thankful to him 🙂 ).
Then Saturday came. And then the students came. And then we filled a whole room. Then two rooms. Then three rooms. Then we even needed a fourth one that was half full. Sooo… yeah. We were just amazed.
The main goal of our event was to at least build a project. You might say that we didn’t ask for that much, right? I mean come on, how hard can it be to follow some instructions and build a project, right? Well, thanks to JHbuild, and it’s wonderful way of ruining our hope, we spent about 3 to 4 hours trying to just build something.
Needless to say that the majority of the students didn’t manage to build anything. But it wasn’t their fault. Since things weren’t that great, we decided that the most we could do was a live demo of how the normal workflow should have been.
After Carlos filed a test bug (for Nautilus) on bugzilla, Răzvan went on and fixed it. Thus, we showed them how a bug is found, filed, fixed and pushed on bugzilla for review.
Afterwards, Carlos asked the audience if at least some of them wanted to go back to the rooms and try to further build their projects OR (pay attention) go grab something to drink. They chose to go back and try to build even more 🙂 (it really happened, yeah). And believe it or not, some of them even fixed some newcomer bugs.
It was an amazing week, an amazing experience and I bet some of the students will still continue to build (a process that will surely take about two more weeks of their innocent lives, thanks to JHbuild, but their perseverance will prevail) and then even contribute to GNOME. We promised some more such events in the future, so get that FlatPak done, PLEASE!
Special thanks to Carlos Soriano and Răzvan Deaconescu, the ones that made this possible! Also, Alexandru Căciulescu helped us with promoting the events so we owe him one :).