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FOSDEM.org: Interview with Damien Sandras of the GNOME Meeting Project

Jan 11, 2002, 08:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Raphael Bauduin)

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"I had to realize a final studies work at university last year and I wanted to code something new for Linux. My first idea was to create a voice instant messaging software for Linux. After some discussions with my professor, we concluded that it would be a better idea to code a video-conferencing application.

After some searches I found out the OpenH323 libraries (I already knew Gnome and I was using it since the early days), and I started to code that H.323 application using the Gnome and OpenH323 libraries.

RB - What problems have you encountered during the development?

DS - I think that it is really difficult to answer this question. Either I make a short answer and people will think that I had no problems, either I write a 50 pages story ;-) More seriously there were a lot of problems. The major one was to understand how H.323 and OpenH323 work. I had to read and understand most of their code. The next major issue was to integrate that with the Gnome libraries in a portable way. I think that most of the programs encounter problems during their development, many problems, because nothing is really easy to do, but what's fun is to find solutions to those problems! GnomeMeeting reached 14 000 lines of code, and I'm happy of the result. I never expected that, and I never expected such a good feedback from the community."

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