Proposal: Desktop Search hackfest
Proposal: Desktop Search Hackfest.
Calling to: Xesam, Beagle, Tracker projects and whoever else is involved.
When: September 19 + the days the developers decide before & after.
Why: The Board made a call to organize hackfest around events and the Maemo Summit has answered.
Budget: Funded by Nokia within reasonable terms.
Ok, let me explain. We have some budget to sponsor participants to the Maemo Summit . We want to find a balance between Maemo community contributors, related upstream developers and core developers of the Maemo SW team at Nokia. We think organizing a GNOME hackfest is a win-win.
Desktop search is an interesting area. Federico explained in GUADEC the problems of Oralia finding her stuff and there are many more things unsolved. It is becoming a critical area, considering that users are getting more volumes of data, more types of files and they have them spread through several devices and the Internet.
We also find interesting to support areas that are not seen as “mobile only”. There are many, and in fact mobile companies like Nokia are supporting the development of features and components that many people don’t even see as mobile related since they find them in their PCs and laptops. Desktop search affects everybody, even if it’s perhaps more demanding in mobile devices (less processing power, different form factors, probably different input methods, surely less patience from the user on-the-go —> higher chances to FAIL).
In the GNOME family this is a delicate topic: ask the Beagle, Tracker or Xesam hackers why. Yet there must be a possibility to find a common mission and specific objectives for a Hackfest. The first Desktop Search Hackfest ever? Each project can find also the time to meet and get some progress in their own areas. It is up to the developers to define the goals of the hackfest.
Maemo has some developers working on Tracker and they like the idea. It has been discussed briefly in the gnome-movile-devel list and at least Behdad and Vincent agree (in fact this was their idea, I was proposing a Tracker hackfest but the Desktop Search idea is cooler). We are looking for more opinions and support for a consensus.
The time runs fast and September is around the corner. Feedback welcome NOW!
PS: This proposal was sent yesterday to GNOME’s foundation-list. Reposting here since many related developers are not subscribed. See also the first replies in the thread. Tracker and Xesam seem to be on board and hopefully Beagle can be represented too!
PS2: Btw, since the people are spread in different projects, mailing lists, etc, it would be a good idea to set up a wiki page or similar for coordination. There is no lack of wikis around but in case of doubt just create this wiki page: http://wiki.maemo.org/Desktop_Search_Hackfest
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Tags: Beagle, hackfest, maemo summit, Metadata, Search, Tracker, Xesam