Riccardo Padovani

Changing the world bit by bit

My opensource contributions in Oct and Nov 15

Hey all, it has been a while since last time I updated my blog. In last two months I did not contribute much to the opensource world, both for time issues (work and uni take a lot of my free time) but mainly because I lost motivation.

I tried to analyze a bit myself, and I think one of the reasons was I tried to contribute to too many projects. So I took a break, and now I’m starting all over again, contributing to just a couple of them, as I’ll describe later.

But let’s start taking a look to last two months:


Falldown team received 100 euros in donations. Thanks so much, we love your support and we’re working hard to bring you new updates :-)

We spent money during UbuCon, in Germany last Oct, where mivoligo and I met for the first time in person! We discussed about future plans for Falldown, and we drank a couple of beers to thanks all you for your enormous support to our app!

What I did

Before taking my break I finalized a couple of patches for Oxide and webbrowser app, back in October.

Meanwhile, I worked on theme support for Falldown; I totally like Falldown, and I never stopped writing code for it: I’m very proud of it, and I think as team we did a great work: this is why I’m continue to add features :-)

Next big update will land (we hope) before Christmas, with achievements support and also support to In App Purchasing: don’t worry, will be only a donation button, the app will be always all free. But we want to help Ubuntu team to develop this important platform feature.

Other than Falldown I would like to contribute to Ubuntu itself, but I need motivation and to start something not too broad.

So I thought to Calculator App: something I already know, and I like :-) Since mid of November I reviewed a lot of code which was waiting (thanks Bartosz!) and start again to write patches, porting the calculator to the Ubuntu SDK 1.3 and fixing old bugs.

I don’t want to take too much work and burning out again, so for next months I’ll focus only on Calculator and Falldown (and my job, and uni).

I’ll try to write a bit more on the blog, there are some cool things that are going in the Ubuntu world!

Your turn

Hey, now it’s your turn to start changing the world with the opensource software.

Why don’t you start to contribute?

If you like my work and want to support me, just send me a Thank you! by email or offer me a beer:-)