Still Going on Boop

I don’t know why but I’m still working on this project of mine Boop. I guess I will change it’s name from boop to Boo Project! It sounds better.

Well but of course you expect of me to what have I done. I have setup an svn server. First it was just a local copy but now it’s worldwide open. And another thing is that I have setup a trac too. A good project management tool which is integrated with svn. It has lots of “hacks”, but I did not yet installed any of them. It seems enough for me, for now.

To install a svn server and put trac on it all you need is a debian installed computer and http://trac.edgewall.org/wiki/TracOnDebianSarge link. It’s really really helpful. I had to install 4 or 5 times svn and trac and what I learned is, you can just copy paste everything and then from trac-admin run resync command, everything goes back from the point where you have taken the backup. You have to copy paste to previous directories of course.

Wiki thing is good and it forces me to write down what I think about and what I will do about. I hope some of my friends will start working on it soon or I won’t be successful enough to finish it. But thanks tou tickets, I know what I will do.

Well I was hoping to put a demo link, and the site’s link is this but I guess it’s not ready yet. Even it’s doing much of what it’s intended for, it’s still not enough.

But keep waiting.

First Day in GUADEC

As some of you may know Gnome Users and Developers Congress (a.k.a. GUADEC) is taking place in Istanbul, Turkey at Bahcesehir University. And on it’s 4th day, it was my first day!

I had not have too much time to join discussions but, I’m sure I’m gonna attend tomorrow in the morning too. I had signed up over the internet and, GUADEC had some great stuff to give me as an attendee. A messenger back, a GUADEC 2008 t-shirt, a notepad (moleskin copy but red and written Google on it), a lots of commercial stuff about Turkey, Fedora 9 Live DVD, Ubuntu 8.04 CD and a 4G Mandriva bootable flash disk!

I had the chance to attend only two presentations, one was about Telepathy, a network framework that can be used to create multi user chat applications and other things. While at first I was intrested, the guy who was talking was not as good as a spokesman as a geek. I did not understand much of things he talked about but It was a good thing I guess.

The second one was about Moonlight, a Linux emulation of Silverlight. It was better than the previous one. The presentator was talking better but he had experienced some issues with his laptop. Anyway, It was intresting to see a Microsoft presentation in a Linux related congress. As Novell had some contracts with Microsoft, I guess this Silverlight emulation was about this as there is a group, full time worker in Novell who only does this job. I guess it’s also about that Adobe is not yet implemented Flash in Linux too. And this gap will be filled with Moonlight. It was funny to watch animations by the way. With it’s power to use C++ API and XAML markup language, it’s intresting. You have to use Mono for easily developing it. But any editors goes. But Mono is the easiest and most powerful I guess, at least that was what the man told.

It was great too see people in the conference room using their laptops during the presentation. You can argue that this is a disrespect to the man who is talking, but It was not the case in here. We are all geeks!! I really felt that I was not alone in the world and there is a lots of people around the globe that was like me!

While listening, some light bulbs had come on my mind that, joining these kind of congress open your way and mind up. When I had gone there, I was hoping there was somethings about Online Desktops but I had mistaken and I encountered something completely differently there and I entered to the discussion which I liked it’s name and it was enlightening and enjoying to do that.

Tomorrow I will go there just for that!

Another Linux and Open Source Seminar in GYTE

Well, as you may know me and my colleagues from Parkyeri, especially with Alper are travelling around universties in Istanbul and try to inform everyone that they can win money without being “evil” or without using Microsoft or .Net platform. And we were at Gebze Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü. It’s was a really cool place anyway, but that’s kind of a commercial so I pass.

I guess this was the best of em because people knew what we were talking about and they were curious about it. In previous seminar we had the problem to tell everyone what was Linux and what was open source, why you had to “buy” a license Windows and not crack it. Anyway none of these happened there! They were really informed and well trained even there were mostly freshmen in the seminar. Everyone was intrested and everyone was curios about something and we tried to share everything we know about software, linux, money and companies.

Well I suppose this was the last of the season even that I hope, we will go some more universities because it’s really fun to be there and talking. I was looking forward to share some pictures and we have taken none! The GYTE IEEE student brach members shoot some and I hope they will share it with me. (I couldn’t find there web site so can’t put a link on it, but will find soon)

Open Source and Linux Seminar in ITU

Well, we have done another seminar in ITU. By my connections at IEEE student branches in Istanbul, I arranged a seminar series and this was the second one.

It was a good one. It was a little short though. We couldn’t talk about most of the things we were willing to talk. We nearly had no chance to talk about how open source project gain money or how us (Parkyeri) gain money from open source projects.

One of our goals was to find some internships too. I guess we will succedd on this and a dozen of applications will come.

Thanks to my colleagues Kerem, Alper and Kadir who were there with me. One of our friends has avoided a chair accident and it was good too.