Jilorio: Feed for the gnome.

Jilorio is the project that I’ve been working the last months.

Everything started two months ago, at my brother’s home, he just installed Ubuntu and wanted an easy way to set a wallpaper from the network. Since he is an old blogger from the spanish blogosphere, works for typepad, is very aware about the Web 2.0 model, so told me that would be great to syndicate backgrounds in order to can change it automatically using  RSS or ATOM feeds.

In that very first moment, I opened my laptop, and started to work on a proof of concept. So I started to make some python-fu and wrote a screen scrapper for the GNOME-Art website to build an static RSS feed with the backgrounds as enclosure inside entries so I can start developing an working  small app to use the feed.

Then I realized that the app won’t has any success until the feed were generated dynamically, so I started talk with Thomas Wood (GNOME-Art webmaster) and we discussed a new namespace for theme syndication using ATOM (we choose ATOM because the better specification), with the help of Benjamin (benzea) now, GNOME-Art has rich feeds, not only for backgrounds, but for any kind of published content. (Thank you guys)

Once the feeds were working, I gave shape to my app, JilorioBG, and this is how it looks like:

Now, what I want to do, if time schedule allows, is a way to handle multiple feeds, and work on apps for Gtk+ and Metacity window manager, and maybe for GDM (which is more difficult since it needs root privileges).

JilorioBG is written in python and you can try it via svn on: svn://svn.synaptia.net/jiloriobg

Blade Hacker

I’m involved in a project where we are planning to use Jabber as a protocol for IPC between applications, the last months I have looked at the RFC and some implementations and I think that the new space of possibilities that XMPP (Jabber’s protocol name) enables are very interesting in order to reach real communication between apps over the Internet and not for IM use only.

So I borrowed O’Reilly’s Programming Jabber from Foton and wanted to look some other books, so I’ve purchased my first (personal) Amazon order:

Lastest Things

I’ve been very busy last weeks, so I’ll summarize what have been happening around.

A couple of weeks ago went to Madrid to attend the II GNOME Developers Meeting on Universidad Rey Juan Carlos where I gave a talk about integration between GNOME and the Web 2.0. There was some interesting talks, among them, garnacho spoke about the new stuff that will come with Gtk 2.10, KaL showed the use of valgrind for memory profiling to reach a more performant desktop.

Here is my presentation both spanish and english:

Thursday was IV Jornada de Software Libre of Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, organized by the ULPGC’s  Free Software Office where I’m actually working on.

Talks were given by Richard Dale from Ruby-QT and KDE which was called ‘Software Libre is Inevitable’, very interesting though, Alberto Barrionuevo from FFII talked about open standards and OpenDocument, then Borja Prieto talked about the free culture and free contents world and finally Enrique Dans talked about blogs and the new free revolution.

I’ll blog about some projects I’m working on on future posts.