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Travel assistance applications to attend Desktop Summit 2011

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The GNOME Foundation provides travel sponsorships to individuals who want to attend Desktop Summit and need financial assistance.

We are happy to announce the Travel Committee is ready to receive applications for sponsorships to attend Desktop Summit 2011. This year, The Desktop Summit is being held in Humboldt University, in Berlin, Germany, from Saturday 6th August, until Friday 12th August.

The instructions are detailed at
Please read them carefully.

Deadline: May 31, 2011, 19:00 UTC.ย  You can start sending in your applications now!

Some extra comments:
* Any information you send to the Travel Committee will be private.

* Asking for sponsorship *does not* guarantee you will get sponsored.

* A good application with good information will be processed fast.

* If you need help with accommodation, you should state in your application that you need lodging, and leave the cost blank.ย  The organization has taken care of booking hostels in advance.

* Always choose the most economical option when possible.ย  People who need travel sponsorship, should look for the best price (i.e. through a service likeย  If the Travel Committee finds a cheaper price, that will be the price considered during the evaluation.

* If you need assistance with either accommodation or airfare, but not both, this year the Travel Committee will give higher priority to people requesting accommodation.

* If your country needs a VISA invitation letter and you are a GNOME contributor, please let the GNOME Travel committee know about it.

* If you are selected for the Google Summer of Code or the GNOME Outreach Program for Women (as student or mentor) you should mention it in your application.

* If your talk was selected for the Desktop Summit, you should mention it in your application.

* The Travel committee should reply back about receiving your application within 2-3 days. After that we would accumulate all the sponsorship requests and process them together. So please do not panic (have any butterflies in your stomach) if we take some time to reply on the status. Affirmative/Negative you would surely get a response.

* No personal emails to committee members. Please keep travel-committee Cc’ed on all your replies.

Feel free to ask questions on the travel-committee list. You can also find us in the #travel channel at

On Behalf of GNOME Travel Committee


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May 17, 2011 at 5:58 am

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GNOME.Asia 2011 – Day zero

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Panchvati Comforts (Accommodation for the GNOME.Asia 2011 hackfest attendees)

Me and Srini: Knock knock, anyone home?

And there they were, all ready for GNOME.Asia 2011 Hackfest. They all reminded me of LOTR:Fellowship of the Ring

Allan Day, Vincent Untz, Andre Klapper, Pockey Lam, Frederic Muller, Chandni Verma, Frederic Peters, Andreas Nilsson, Ryan Lortie and Josselin Mouette, all under one roof. This is one amazing group we could have asked for GNOME.Asia 2011. Thanks to all for making it to the event.

We helped them to a nearby hotel, and enjoyed a good Indian meal. Is there one topic that we don’t discuss about!!! Politics, Food, Culture, Angry Birds gameplan, and ofcourse Cricket (the topic that has hit the whole of India). Bangalore Central, a big mall was our next destination. The 1 km walk from the hotel to Central (as suggested by the awesome Srini) never seemed to end, and we walked for close to 3 kms. But everyone seemed to enjoy the walk after a nice meal ๐Ÿ™‚ A quick look in the mall, and back to the accommodation for most.

I canceled one of the cabs and took Fred and Pockey in an auto (tuk-tuk) as they call it. We surveyed the conference venue and looked around the huge campus. We have more things to be finalized, but that was noted for the hackfest.

The good feedback we received was everyone liked the accommodation and they were slowly getting used to the spicy food in India ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep following the blogs on Planet GNOME We have some amazing things planned for the hackfest and conference.

Oh and yes, I love seeing their scared faces when we are in the cabs and its peak traffic time ๐Ÿ™‚ But I am here to assure they would all be safe and happy during their stay in India. Cheers.

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March 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

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GNOME.Asia 2011 is here

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Pack your bags and book your flights now. GNOME.Asia 2011 is here.

“I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to any GNOMErs taking refuge among the stars: We are here. We are waiting.”

GNOME.Asia 2011 comes to India this year to its very own Namma Bengaluru. Our objectives are to get together GNOME contributors to work on, promote and celebrate the GNOME 3.0 release as well as leverage on the GNOME 3.0 release to build a bigger GNOME community in Asia. We target to invite the GNOME release team, Documentation team, Marketing team, Translation team and those contributors who will be involved with the actual mechanics of the GNOME 3.0 launch as well as those contributors living in Asia.

This year we have

  • GNOME.Asia 2011 Hackfest for 3 days (+2 optional days) Mar 28 – Apr 1
  • GNOME.Asia Summit 2011 ย for 2 days – Apr 2, 3
  • GNOME Training for students – Mar 30 – Apr 1 (date tentative)

Call for Paper

We have some amazing talks lined up this year for the conference. See it to believe it.ย List of talks

If you are planning to talk at GNOME.Asia Summit 2011, please submit your talk from here

Guideline is from here:ย Call For Papers

Note: The call for paper form is only for GNOME.Asia Summit 2011, for GNOME 3.0 Hackfest, please use the Hackfest wiki page to register.ย Hackfest wiki page –ย

We plan to open up the registrations for the conference very soon.

Call for Sponsors

The Call for Sponsors document can be downloaded from here

Do let us know if you can reach out to more companies for sponsoring the event.

Student Training

This year we plan to have a student training session on GNOME for students from all colleges in Bangalore. Plans are underway to kick start this session.

Any feedback?

Please let us know if you have any suggestions for us. We would need support from many more contributors in growing big and reaching out to many people. Please do forward the event details to other mailing lists.

GNOME.Asia mailing list – asia-summit-list gnome org

Hope to see you all at GNOME.Asia Summit 2011

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February 25, 2011 at 6:47 am

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The story that inspired me all life

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Recently, one of my friends was brooding about something totally idiotic. I always share this story with all. I did with him too. This is one of the stories that has shaped my life. Ok now the story ๐Ÿ˜›

Oh and yes, just take the message in the story and not the minute details of the story ๐Ÿ™‚ Let us not debate on why this, why not this.

The story
A Guru (Teacher) and his disciple are on their way back to the ashram after praying to the Almighty. They have to cross a river as usual to get to the ashram. On the banks of the river, is a lovely damsel who has hurt her knee. She requests the Guru to help her cross the river. The Guru takes her in his arms, and helps her cross the river. The damsel thanks the Guru and leaves.

The Guru and his disciple start back to their destination. The disciple looks utterly troubled with this act of his Guru. He was the one who had taught him all the values in life, the one who had asked him to pray all life day in, day out. He had once preached all his disciples to give up all pleasures in life and devote all their life to serving and praying to the Almighty, and here he was breaking the rules himself.

The disciple keeps all the frustartion to himself as they head back home. As they continue their journey, the disciple doesn’t talk a word to the Guru. They finally reach the ashram after a couple of hours, and the Guru finally asks the disciple, “Tell me son, what is bothering you all this while. Speak out”

Disciple: “Guruji, it is about the ugly act of yours today. We always believed you practiced whatever you preached. But what I saw today, has disappointed me tremendous.”

Guruji: “What are you talking about son? What act are you talking about?”

Disciple: “Guruji, it is the woman. You told us to never be with a woman and to focus all our life to devotion”

The Guru smiles and says,

“I carried her only across the river. You are still carrying her in your thoughts, that’s the difference”

This story is stuck in my thoughts forever though ๐Ÿ™‚ Reminds me that the world is always simple. If you just live your life joyfully, have your head in the right place, and learn to let go, every moment would be totally worth it. Never grow a poison tree against someone. Its their life, let them live it the way they want to.

YOU live your life king size ๐Ÿ™‚

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August 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm

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Lets collaborate on Evolution MAPI

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Lets collaborate on Evolution MAPI

How best to collaborate than use Public folders. Last couple of weeks Milan has been fixing quite a few things for Public folder mailboxes in Evolution. It works like a charm now with Evolution.

Fetching the public folder list using openchangeclient,

Subscribed Public mailbox folder in Evolution,

With the mailboxes working great, we decided to focus on the Public folder for address book, calendar, memos and tasks.

We assigned this task to Punit Jain, his first feature in Evolution. After 3 – 4 weeks of work, this is what he had to show us all ๐Ÿ™‚

The list of public folders being fetched, with the highlighted one being the Task type public folder,

The subscribed Public Task folder being shown under the Tasks component,

So what should all of you do next?
1) Try the new version of evolution-mapi and report feedback so that we get it in shape for 3.0
2) Buy the openchange developers some beer the next time you bump into them. If you look at the kind of changes they have made over the last couple of releases, you would be left completely spellbound. Most of the features that one needs with his Exchange server have already been implemented in openchange. So if you like their work, drop them a word of thanks.

So what next for Evolution MAPI?
Sort the feature list and have the good ones implemented a month before the feature freeze to give us enough time to fix the regressions. Seems like openchange has all these features implemented ages back, now its time Evolution extends all this good work for 3.0 and spread the love to its users

Why is this feature special to us?
Because I and Milan mentored Punit for this feature, and yes it is a good feeling once the mentoring pays off ๐Ÿ™‚

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June 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm

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Are you free tonight? The new answer

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Answer as of June 1, 2010: Please launch Evolution and do a Free/Busy search on my Exchange MAPI Calendar.

That’s right. The first version of FreeBusy search for Evolution MAPI was merged into master on June 1st. Evolution now shows all the Busy, Tentative, and Out of Office times for the user. I have fixed the openchangeclient to fetch even the half hour appointments.

So what does not work as of now?
When you ask someone out for the first time, you don’t ask, “Are you free tonight, the next Thursday and the one after that”. Long story short, the search on recurring items does not work as yet with MAPI. That would be fixed next in openchange.

We have some great things planned, so you should hear more cool updates on Evolution MAPI in the weeks to follow. And our bug killing mean machine, Milan Crha is on the prowl. We are down from 108 bug reports to 64 in 2 weeks. So keep watching this space.

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June 23, 2010 at 2:21 pm

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Follow your heart guys

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Well, are the times changing or are kids still under stress to do well in studies? Strive for that one extra mark that’ll help them top the results. Are parents still uncomfortable to tell their neighbors proudly that their kid ain’t an engineer or a doctor, but a talented dancer, a talented musician or a talented photographer?? Or maybe more. Maybe they still feel uncomfortable when kids come second in college. When I still read news like these –> I have to nod in approval that it would still take a generation to change it all.

This to be frank would be the case with most of us. There is nothing wrong with the parents having expectations from their kid. I am not asking anyone to rebel against that. Hell No. But do understand that for them success means money, position in life, a good career which the society would respect and to them they just hear to what “the society” would say to it. The society has defined a set of professions as respectable, and another set of professions a risk in life. Now we all are part of this society and we could be the change we want to see done. Educate the parents, help them trust your decisions.

This blogpost is dedicated to some of the people I know in my life, who have chosen the life they wanted. These people do best what they know best. They have each excelled in their own fields, been the rockstars in their life, and they have gone a step ahead by not just stopping there, but helping everyone with similar interests and spreading the wave of knowledge.

First of them undoubtedly has to be my classmate and gifted musicians, Jason Zachariah Maybe not my closest buddy in college, but I was always a huge fan ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone at college knew what this guy was best at. He is one of the best keyboard players I have seen, and he has always rocked with his performances each time he was on stage. Today he is one of the few certified Pro Tools operators in the country and the chief coordinator at the Nathaniel School of Music This for me is his biggest win. Not only has he reached the peak of his music career, but now his hunger for it has made him develop more Jasons in this world. Read all the testimonials of the students at the School of Music and you’ll know what I meant to convey ๐Ÿ™‚

Next on my list is the amazing Kalyan Verma. If you haven’t seen the pictures he has clicked with his third eye, you definitely are missing something totally out of this world. Don’t waste a minute more guys. Here is where you start —> He worked for a few years with Yahoo, before he set out to follow his heart. He published his “Masai Mara” album this morning (Widely considered to be the greatest wildlife area in the world) The whole world was left dumbfounded at the amazing awesomeness. Within minutes of him publishing his album , he was one of the trending topics in twitter ๐Ÿ™‚ And just like Jason, he’s set out to create a world of equals and make more Kalyans ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of the workshops that could get you started —>

The next one is just a personal favorite. His talk at on ROS was one of the best. To all those to whom developing OS for robots sounded scary and a myth, here it is demystified and simplied. Made so easy for people to actually contribute to robotics, ROS for me bridges the mental block on how to start and where to begin. Well the rest is for all of you interested souls to read ๐Ÿ™‚ The guy is Mrinal Kalakrishnan, the drummer for Phenom, the legendary PES college band ๐Ÿ™‚

Well to sum it all up, follow your heart, never be shy to take up a career of your choice. That’ll atleast stop you from regretting later that you could have done much more in life than you actually did. And never be bogged down in life with where you start. Jason who followed a dedicated line of musicians in the family is successful, and so is Kalyan who was the first ๐Ÿ™‚ So life is to enjoy. Go have fun with it

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January 5, 2010 at 7:15 pm

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