About GUADEC from a newcomer

This year I attended to GUADEC for the first time. It was also my first conference ever, I've never been to a FOSS conference or any other kind of conference. Maybe what I have to share about the whole experience is not something new to anyone who attends to conference with some frequency, or maybe it is something they don't really even notice since they are already used to the whole environment 😛 Anyway, I am hoping my report encourages folks who have never been to GUADEC or other FOSS conferences. Talks 1st day I sadly missed the Opening because the app showing the way to the venue was wrong ): I was lost for about 40 minutes without being able to find anyone who knew how to get to the University. It was tough, but I bravely took a cab that made me realize I was actually very close. And happily, I was there on time to watch Britt Yazel's talk about (Setting a Positive Voice for GNOME), and, after that, I watched Sriram Ramkrishna's talk (Gitlab - A Year in Review and What Should Come Next). After a very good coffee break where Georges Stavracas introduced me some folks, I watched Nathan Willis' talk about home automation (GNHOME AUTTOMQATION), which, to be honest, I didn't understand very well at some points, but as someone who is interested in Home Automation stuff, I was very curious to search more about it later, it never came to my mind I could have an option to use free software to do this - and actually, one of the reasons I never started automating my house is that I don't want anybody spying my house heh After their talks, I found out I couldn't buy the meal's plan anymore xD So I went to a group of people to ask if they were having lunch and they were actually organizing to go to the newcomers lunch. We had a good time together and we ate a really good Greek meal. Back to the venue, it was time for the intern lightning talks, where GSoC students and Outreachy interns (a.k.a. me) gave a talk about their projects. I was terribly nervous and so in shock that I can't even recall now about what I said - and I didn't want to watch it after it was available online heh It was my first talk in English, and even though I really knew what I had to say and it was only for 5 minutes, I was really scared. That moment was exactly when I realized everyone was interested in what I had to say, they were paying attention even when I had to stop and think about what I was going to say. And after my lightning talk, some people even stopped me to say they enjoyed it. I was really worried that maybe it didn't go well, but everyone was so nice to me that I felt it was fine whether I was nervous or not, people got my message. 2nd day I watched Philip Withnall's talk about Environmentally Friendly GNOME, StellaMaris Njage's and Sigu Migwa's talk about Building the GNOME Community in Africa, Jakub Steiner's talk about App Icons (Simple is Hard - Creating Beautiful App Icons) and Allan Day's talk about GNOME UX: Strategies & Tactics. Georges Stavracas' talk about Mainteners and Contributors was specially very interesting to me - as I am new to contributing there are lots of things I still didn't experience, and I even though I … Continue reading About GUADEC from a newcomer

Final internship report

Today is my last day as an Outreachy intern for GNOME. My mentor, Jim Hall, encouraged me to write some topics about the work I developed during the internship and I will add some more that may be useful for readers who may want to apply on next rounds. How many usability tests did I … Continue reading Final internship report

Round#2: Test Plan

For this round, Allan Day required me to test some applications, specifically menus. In that way, we chose two applications to test: Files (static application window)Notes (windows with in-window navigation) Allan told me some desirable functionalities to be tested, and with that, I built some tasks and scenarios. For files, I could use some of … Continue reading Round#2: Test Plan

Round#1: Test Results

For the first round of tests, I tested a new GNOME Sound Settings design. The tasks to be tested were: Changing the volume of an applicationMuting an applicationChanging the output deviceChanging balanceChanging the alert soundFinding the documentation for the sound settings You can check the whole test plan here. GNOME 3.22.2 Sound Settings New Sound … Continue reading Round#1: Test Results

Round#1: Test plan

In the first round of tests, I will be testing a new design for the sound settings with 7 volunteers. The tasks to be tested are: Changing the volume of an applicationMuting an applicationChanging the output deviceChanging balanceChanging the alert soundFinding the documentation for the sound settings Preparation The settings application opened on the "Sound" … Continue reading Round#1: Test plan

Week#3 Outreachy Post: Everybody struggles

As we are expected to write sometimes about our experience during the internship, the Outreachy Organizers suggested us to write about the difficulties we find during our journey (which I find a very interesting theme, because sometimes I feel a bit lost compared to other interns, and being asked share my doubts gives me a … Continue reading Week#3 Outreachy Post: Everybody struggles