Way to make Gnome responsive..

I have been recently working on making the main gnome website responsive and meanwhile have been cleaning some existing code and templates. Since the entire framework is being shifted from Grid 960 to Bootstrap, there is a lot of work to do. In GUADEC 2013 web hackfest, there has been some discussion on the redesign of the website — basically the welcome note and the menu bar — but since nothing has been finalized as of yet, I am continuing with the existing design. My strategy is to go page by page ( and eventually fix one template at a time according to the new framework) and finally merge in the menu and content redesign, if there is any.

Here I come and go! GUADEC-2013 (contd! :D)

I forgot to mention in my previous blog about the wonderful  Women’s dinner, welcome dinner at Fleda and the exciting guided tour around Brno. Each and every event was a celebration in its own way and cheers to Red Hat, Mozilla and Igalia for sponsoring such events.

GUADEC volunteer

The core conference days were over on 4th and we took a breath to discover more and travel more. We went to Prague for a one day trip and met more people and explored the beautiful and heroic history of the city(our tour guide was awesome! ;)).

The next day were scheduled marketing and web-development hack fest. I worked with my mentors Andreas and Fabiana, Andrea V, Allan, Garrett and many more people on my project and had intense discussions on the related topics. The day ended with a low lingering feeling that it was the my last day and it is time to go back. We bid farewell to our mentors and other present fellow attendees and took the flight back to India.

P.S. It was sometimes difficult to search for a vegetarian place to eat at , but apart from that it was a fun-filled journey.

I am really grateful to Gnome Foundation for funding my travel and all the organizers for putting together such a wonderful conference.





Here I come and go! GUADEC-2013 :D

What an eventful week it has been! Going through the hassles of getting a visa and a tiring 15 hour journey finally paid off as I landed in Vienna, Austria and took off to Brno, Czech Republic – the venue for GUADEC conference this year. Apart from this being my first GUADEC, it was also my first trip outside of my country. It was all exciting and surreal- new places, new people and new memories!

I started with volunteering on the day before the core conference days started, fun working with the other organizers and other smiling faces! Once the conference started, the next few days went super fast as we were busy attending the talks and meeting so, so many new people! It is so amazing that how all of my statements are ending with an exclamation mark but that is how exciting each and every part of the journey was!

Will keep you updated!

Responsive Design: First Step

The last three weeks have been full of excitement and happenings and due to this busy schedule I have not been able to update this wall recently. To get started with a bang, the opw site is now responsive (www.gnome.org/opw)!. My experiment with responsiveness started with using adapt.is written by Nathan Smith. It is of course lightweight and felt like a perfect solution for a relatively simple website of OPW. However the major issue was to maintain a single framework for responsiveness across all Gnome websites to maintain uniformity. Gnome main website is not as simple as the OPW one and is also based on WordPress. A proper framework would make the work simpler and propose standard solutions(instead of preparing your own CSS file for every device size and loading it accordingly with adapt.js). Bootstrap felt like an intuitive solution because of its customization features, ease of use and large development and user community available. Once the normal framework responsiveness is achieved, there is no doubt required a lot of tinkering and adjustments here and there to achieve exactly what you want and there is always somebody out there to help you with some awesome tricks!

The OPW site is now responsive and the next thing is the main gnome website! #excited