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GUADEC 2010 in one post

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Ok, sorry. I didn’t blog about GUADEC during the conference, and I didn’t blog about GUADEC after the conference. Shame on me.

I had such a great time and, for the first time in years, I actually attended a number of talks. Yay! I also had to prepare my talk, so I didn’t really have time to blog about the event. After a month, what do I remember about it?

PRE-GUADEC (at home)

Busy. Busy. Busy. Instead of preparing my talk about quality translations (feel free to download the slides and read them, and send me any feedback), I designed the GUADEC badge and the GUADEC booklet.


  • Amsterdam is beautiful. It reminded me of Venice, with its many channels and its bohemian streets, but, rather than being a “museum piece” Amsterdam is a lively city, where cars are much less welcome than bikes.
  • Everybody speaks good English in the Netherlands, even old people.
  • Water is RIDICULOUSLY expensive in The Netherlands. As if there was a draught or something! I paid more for a bottle of water (1.5 L) than I did for a great recipe book which I have already used to prepare delicious Smoothies.
  • The Design Thinking workshop was very fun and interesting. People loved it!
  • Vincent FINALLY gave me the t-shirt he had promised three years ago. It’s fair to say that he was very nice and brought me two t-shirts instead of just one ^^
  • The 1st GNOME Women’s Dinner took place in The Hague. 14 women attended, wow!
  • There were many interesting talks, but it makes no sense to sum it all now because it was so long ago that I won’t remember them. So just visit planet gnome and read old posts; many people wrote about GUADEC 🙂
  • People who attended my talk said that it wasn’t too boring. Plus I got these cute and comfortable slippers for being a speaker, wohoo!
  • Gil and I got THE pants this year!!! :O For helping with the registration desk since GUADEC 2006, they say.  It was a huge surprise for both of us. Thank you very much, Board, we feel VERY honoured, really 🙂
  • Thank you to the organisers and the volunteers for their amazing work. This was one of the best GUADECs I’ve been to:)
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My GUADEC talk: Quality Translations in GNOME


Vau venir a la GUADEC? Us vau perdre la meva xerrada? Doncs mal fet, perquè va estar molt bé 😛

Vaig tenir l’oportunitat de fer una presentació sobre per què és important traduir el programari lliure a tants idiomes com sigui possible, però també oferir traduccions de qualitat. Si us vau perdre la xerrada (que, per cert, es va emetre en directe, com la resta de xerrades) i voleu saber de què anava, ara en podeu veure la presentació de diapositives 🙂

Did you come to GUADEC? Did you miss my talk? Too bad, it was a good one 😛

I had the chance of giving a talk about why it is important not only to translate open-source software into as many languages as possible, but also to provide high quality translations. If you missed the talk (which, by the way, was streamed live like all GUADEC talks) but want to get an idea of what it was about, here you are: the slides 🙂

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Why I still haven’t blogged about GUADEC 2010

  • Because I’m lazy.
  • Because I’m not at home yet.

After GUADEC, Gil and I took a train to Germany and we’re traveling around the country with our friend Keywan, who very kindly offered to host us at his home, also asked his friends to host us in different cities and is being our guide these days.

I’ll blog about GUADEC soon-ish 😉

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GCDS – after hours


Okay, so the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit ended a week ago. I can’t thank enough the Travel Committee people for allowing me to attend the conference once more. It was great, as usual 🙂

  • I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to some people, sorry about that. See you guys next year 😉
  • Diego, thanks a lot for the chocolates!!! Yum!
  • Was I the only one who missed the GNOME Love/Hate Wall??? Next year I’ll make sure it’s back 😉
  • I enjoyed the GNOME-ES talks I attended.
  • We had dinner with the GNOME Hispano guys. It was fun.
  • I loved the lightning talks. And I also loved the “off-topic” lightning talks (that is, talks about anything not related to GNOME)!
  • One of the local guys, Manolo, was kind enough to guide Gil and me around the island. We discovered that Gran Canaria is beautiful 🙂

You’ll find some GCDS pictures in the Gallery.

GUADEC, see you next year!

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GCDS Day… ¿?

Ok, so I should better start blogging about GCDS, or the travel committee will not sponsor me next year, oops!

Well, so the GCDS started a few days ago. It’s been pretty interesting so far. The first two days were busy at the info desk; many more people than we expected showed up the first day, even though there were no talks at all -just the registration.

I went to Richard Stallman’s keynote; it was fascinating (both in a good and in a bad way). I also learned that Banshee will do photos; Aaron, the speaker, said that this will allow F-Spot to become more advanced and professional (“think Adobe Lightroom”, he said). Ehem, I personally doubt it.

Yesterday we went to a party sponsored by Igalia. The place was amazing – there were BIG beds were people could sit (or lay) down and chill out!

Vincent didn’t bring me the OpenSuse t-shirt he promised last year… Ok, the fact that I didn’t send him an e-mail to remind him about it didn’t help.

To be continued… 🙂