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My favorite GNOME Hackers for 2012 ;)

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This hasn’t to do anything about good or bad developers or how significant their contribution is in GNOME.  Therefore I am not including people as Bastien Nocera, Matthias Clasen, Emmanuele Bassi, Florian Mullner and others. As a matter of fact I am including only people I have talked with. The order is totally random, with the exception of Karen and Jasper, which I place them in first position ;)

Karen Sandler

Karen is an attorney and as of June 2011 is the executive director of GNOME Foundation. Karen runs an impressive biography as she has worked for organizations like Free Software (FSF) and Apache Software Foundations. Maybe she isn’t a hacker, but it would be pretty much pointless to mention her contribution in GNOME and Free Software in general.

Her webpage is and maybe the page is dead, but the domain is cool! Karen is from those people that are too cool to hate (for real) and is a privilege just to know her (I overdone it?). Karen last year became a mom (but still makes time) and the GNOME community will grow up at least by +1 ;)

Think a bit about the new generation like Karen’s baby (daughter). These people might grow up without having a proprietary desktop, and the generation after this will probably grow up with no proprietary software at all. This is the unavoidable future of software. Historically the knowledge couldn’t never stayed hidden, with the exception of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Jasper St Pierre

Jasper is right now the No1 contributor in GNOME Shell (Sweet Tooth, XI2 Port), he reviews every single patch before this land in Shell and he also contributes pretty much to anything around GNOME. Jasper is probably one of the most skillful hackers in GNOME Desktop, but other than this, he is one of the most helpful Gnomers you will find. People that are asking questions in Mailing Lists or IRC know that!

From Left 2 Right: Jasper, Cosimo Cecchi, , Fabiana Simões,  Federico Mena Quintero, Scott Reeves, and Jan Holesovsky

This is the real reason that Shell has some bugs, Jasper doesn’t code 24×7 ;)

Giovanni Campagna

Giovanni started his contribution in GNOME around a year and half ago with Lock Screen and Pin Unlocker (which isn’t ready yet). However  the last months is one of the most active contributors in Shell (and more modules) and he does great. It is not accident that GNOME Shell 3.8 will be so much better that 3.6 and Giovanni is one of the new reasons. As far as I know, he doesn’t get paid, but he still dedicates plenty of his time in GNOME. I don’t know if he wants, but if he does I wish him to become a RH member.

Cosimo Cecchi

Cosimo is the main developer of Nautilus (Documents, Control-Center etc) which was the most controversial (GUI) module in GNOME 3.6. GNOME Files 3.6 received plenty of negative comments by a large portion of users, but that will not be the case in 3.8. Upcoming Nautilus has a totally new search design powered by Search Providers, an improved DnD support and a few more goodies.

I am sure that Cosimo will receive praising comments for his new work, and GNOME will acquire again a very good File Manager.

Jeremy Bicha

After Ubuntu dropped Shell in 11.04 the rumors were talking about an Ubuntu GNOME spin. That never came (there was the Ubuntu Gnome Shell Remix, which I think it didn’t do pretty good), till Jeremy and the rest Ubuntu GNOME Team step up to make it true with Ubuntu Gnome Remix that even in its very first release does good in popularity.

Jeremy was a bit unlucky because (in my personal opinion) he fell off in an very average for Canonical’s standards Ubuntu 12.10. Hopefully Ubuntu 13.04 and therefore UGR 13.04 will be better releases, and Jeremy will bring all the cool things of two worlds (Ubuntu + GNOME) in a single package.

Christian Hergert

Christian is one of my favorites hackers mostly because his initiative of GNOME University.

GnomeUniversity is an effort to build a set of course materials and an encouraging environment for new and existing GNOME members to develop new skills. In time, it will expand to cover many subjects and languages. To begin with, however, GnomeUniversity will focus on the C programming language and GNOME platform libraries. Understanding a bit of C can help developers write better code in a multitude of languages. GNOME libraries are often written in C, and doing so allows for easy integration with higher level languages such as Python, Ruby, C++, JavaScript, and more. We hope to encourage application developers to use whatever language they are comfortable with, while providing the same APIs to all of those languages.

Don’t forget to check on it for more info and you can also take a look in  Christian’s Gnome Desktop Programming book.

I don’t really like photography but Christian (on the left) has a really amazing photo album that I have seen all! Okay, he isn’t Ansel Adams, but he does pretty good. About his character, just check on his photos and you will get it :)

Pierre-Yves Luyten

Pierre is the author of Bijiben (or GNOME Notes). He started this project around in the middle of last year, but now Bijiben is in GNOME Git and even Matthias Clasen included to his post with the highlights of GNOME 3.7.


Bijiben demonstrates new designing tools as the floating control bar that it doesn’t exist to any other GNOME module, even if it is designed by Gnomers. Actually I have made 2-3 posts about Bijiben, I love this App and congratulations for one more time to Pierre. I just hope distros to include this one in their default installations, even aside with the very popular Tomboy.

Allan Day

Last but certainly not least is Allan. Although I am not fan of his graphic design, I am a huge fan of his workflow design. It might seems excessive but this guy -in my personal view- has designed better interfaces than Android’s and OS X. Really amazing work of him, but unfortunately not all of his work has landed in GNOME yet.

Allan and the rest of UX Team are unlucky in two senses. First they get all the blaming for everything that people don’t like in GNOME. That is half fair, because most of the features come in-completed and the rest postponed for next releases.

Secondly GNOME has the specificity to have a very computer-core user base. GNOME tries to make an opening to the rest of the people (and make open source available to more of us) and gets back some reactions from its old audience. What I have noticed is when GNOME, for example, add features A, B, C, D and they remove feature F, many people are complaining about the removal but nobody bothers with the additions. Maybe if GNOME had stopped to evolve and had stayed in version 2.32 for ever, everyone would be happier? :)

Anyway, apart of his excellent design skills Allan also runs Every Details Matter project that tries to closes usability bugs and increase the user experience. The projects does amazing well this year and I have to mention the excellent work of another new contributor, Stephane Demurget.

GNOME Marketing Team

GNOME doesn’t do good in marketing, but that is normal as everything in the level of any kind of deals (ie economical) seems to go slow;) However GNOME has started a new try to improve the communication with users. If you want to involve you haven’t do more than contact the people of Marketing Team.

ALL people in Marketing Team are fantastic. Karen Sandler, Emily Goyner, Andreas Nillson, Andre Klapper, Sriram Ramkrishna, Allan Day, Juanjo Marín, Olav Vitters and more. Marketing Team asks for members that will help to promote GNOME in a variety of ways, and the guy who approves GNOME members is Andre Veri, who’s so cool that he is a reason for me to travel in the next GNOME meeting in Brno just to meet him (that doesn’t sound very straight!).

I am sure I missed many people from my list, but I forgot so I am forgiven :)

GNOME Mines – No Mouse!

I am playing Mines a lot and I just noticed a patch that came few minutes ago from Isaac Lenton that adds keyboard support.

Navigation: Up/Down/Left/Right or HJKL
Left Click: Space or Enter
Place Flag: Ctrl + Space

The White Cycle indicates the current position, and you can move it with arrows. Nice one!

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  • David Gámiz Jiménez

    Mil gracias a todos por vuestro gran trabajo a la comunidad! :D

  • Masishta

    Adwaita is the best GTK+3 theme. The only bad thing about it is horrible control buttons. with drop down menu shadows and with future cantarel font you won’t complain anymore!

    • alex285

      Except controls I also don’t like the tabs. I think Adwaita is an excellent theme for default, but there are plenty of themes in Deviant that feel better to me. Which is normal, because Gnome has made just one theme, when in deviant you have more choices for your tastes :)

  • sramkrishna

    What the hell? No special call out for me?! (just kidding!)

  • hells_dark

    We love you guys.