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"In this section, we'll be conducting short interviews with GNOME developers to put some faces to the names. Up first is Raph Levien, a Benicia, California hacker who's been central in the development of the GNOME graphics infrastructure, including libart, the GNOME canvas, GNOME Print and Gill."

"Q: So, what's the focus of your GNOME work at the moment?

A: Right now, I'm mostly working on Libart and an SVG renderer to get vector icons in Nautilus. Another major focus now is high quality inkjet drivers, which I am of course plan to integrate with GNOME Print. I keep my toe in the water for a fairly large number of GNOME things. There's a lot going on. I also devote a fair amount of time to Advogato, which is not a GNOME-specific project."

"Q: Where do you see GNOME going in the coming year, and what part are you going to play in it? What areas are going to be emphasized?

A: One of the more exciting directions is Pango, which will bring high quality text rendering in a variety of scripts to GNOME. GNOME is already pretty strong on internationalization, and I expect things to get even better. Owen and I discussed the Pango design a lot in the early days, but all the recent work has been his. I'd like to get back to it and make it do really fine typography (one of the original goals), but it's hard to find time to do all the things I'd like."

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