Riccardo Padovani

Changing the world bit by bit

My opensource contributions in February 15

What a month for Ubuntu! First Ubuntu Phone has been announced and sales have started! Finally, after two years of work, we will have feedbacks from real consumers.

Also, on a personal level, it has been a great month. I went to London for the Ubuntu Phone launch. I did laser surgery to my right eye to correct myopia (I had 8 diopters), and in March I’ll do the left one. And I also had time to do some articles and a lot of code.

Stats

First of all, thanks to all you who follow me, this blog has a number of visitors I never expect. Without calculating who read articles on Ubuntu Planet or in a RSS Reader, this blog had 24,797 page views by 6,098 unique visitors in 28 days. Thanks to all! And I only wrote 4 articles!

Stats are calculated by CloudFare, I don’t have Analytics or others trackers on the site. It just counts the number of request it has.

Donations

More than visit, what astonished me is the number of donations: I had 3 donations for an amount of 30 euros! I’ll use them to buy a VPS, so thanks to all!

What I did

Now, it’s time to describe what I did in Feb. Considering the surgery, the uni and the journey to London for the Ubuntu Phone launch I’m quite satisfied for what I did.

Browser app

I started to work, with oSoMoN, on settings for the browser app. I haven’t a timeline for this, but we did some progress, and in next weeks we’ll land first branches.

This screenshot shows how the first version will appear when we’ll have implemented all features we want for the first land.

browser

Calculator Reboot

We’re working hard to replace the default calculator with the new one, news on this side will arrive in next weeks

Reviews

I spent a lot of time this month reviewing code of other guys, mainly for reminders and docviewer app. Reviews are really important for Ubuntu: every change to the code has to be approved by someone after a careful review: in this way we’re sure we have a good codebase and a good implementation of things. Reviews are very time consuming: you’ve to read and understand the code, then you have to test it and think how the change impacts the user experience.

Other than that, I did usual things: bug report, some code for ubuntu-it, promotion of Ubuntu on social networks, support on italian forum and on IRC and so on.

Have you ever thought about helping the Ubuntu development? There are a lot of things to do, and you don’t have to be a developer: we need translators, testers, promoters and so. Try to take a look here, and, if you have any doubt, write me. I’ll be more than happy to address you to the right place to start to contribute.

You know, I’m a student and I do all this in my free time. So, if you like my work and want to support me, just send me a Thank you! by email or offer me a coffee :-)

Ciao,
R.