April 17th, 2008 | Published in Google Open Source
The good news from the Google Highly Open Participation Contest (GHOP) keeps on coming. This week, Andre Klapper, one of GNOME's mentors for GHOP, wrote in to tell us about three additional outstanding contributors.
Andre shares this note about GNOME's runner ups:
David took on a variety of tasks. He warmed up by working on some of GNOME's “choose the bugs yourself” tasks (fixing twelve mnemonic bugs and testing five patches from GNOME’s bugzilla) just to dive into the code bases of empathy (providing support for removing groups) and gThumb (preparing to remove the libexif library ). He also vastly improved the scrolling support in Evince. In addition to this, David updated the JHBuild moduleset schemas and the (now new and shiny) manual itself.
David already had open source development experience, as the developer of tuxcast, a command-line Linux podcatcher.
Natan wrote an article on GConf for the GNOME Journal (not yet released). He provided Drag-and-drop support for the Online Desktop file widget and a mail widget for the Online Desktop sidebar, fixed a Deskbar-Applet bug and also modified gThumb’s metadata handling and enhancing gThumb’s script definitions. Natan is full of ideas and provided own proposals for potential tasks. He is especially interested in AWN (a dock-like bar) and currently thinks about creating a universal applets framework for GNOME.
Philipp added an LCOV code coverage suite to Pango and GTK+ to measure code coverage. He also contributed code to the GNOME online desktop module by providing an embedded workspace switcher widget and popouts for the Online Desktop file widget. He removed old icons from the gnome-desktop module that are now shipped in gnome-icon-theme and fixed four bugs in gnome-build. Philipp has also contributed to GNOME’s German translation team.
Congratulations to David, Natan and Philipp, as well as all of GNOME's GHOP students for their many contributions to the project!