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IBM developerWorks: Inside the Red Hat Advanced Development lab

Mar 30, 2000, 15:21 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Havoc Pennington and Owen Taylor of Red Hat give developerWorks the scoop on GNOME and open source development at the RHAD lab: the kind of people they work with, current projects on Linux, GNOME and Palm Pilot, GNOME hackers, coding elves, and more."

"developerWorks: Your goals page says that RHAD Labs is all about making Linux more usable. What are the major advances at the lab this year? And how is the practical side of the usability issue handled -- do you have engineers who go out and talk to developers and then wire in the feedback?"

"Havoc Pennington: Well, we tend to look at all these little details, and it's hard for us to summarize what the main physical things are. For a couple of months we were doing a lot of GNOME stabilization work, basically just a big wad of bug fixes. And then I was working on this library called GConf, which is a configuration system. It's similar to the Windows Registry, which makes things reasonable for system administrators, primarily. That ought to be visible to users. ..."

"Owen Taylor: In 1998 we worked on development. So at the beginning of this year we took GNOME and packaged it into something people could put on their desktops and run with, not just a hacker's tool. ... I've been rewriting the GNOME image handling, a library called GdkPixbuf that provides a very clean way of using images. I'm also adding internationalization support to the GTK+. The big accomplishment for this year was getting a release of GNOME out that everyone could use. ..."

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