Globaleaks 0.2 Alpha is out.
Globaleaks is an open source project aimed at creating a worldwide, anonymous, censorship-resistant, distributed whistle-blowing platform. It enables organizations interested in running whistle-blowing initiatives to setup their own safe zone, where whistle-blowers and recipients can exchange data.
2 Years ago I helped out with the development of Globaleaks 0.1. And although I am not active anymore, I really support the initiative behind it. Now with the HERMES Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights backing it up, it has grown a lot and shaped up to be a very organized and thought through project.
Try it out:
Try out the demo. It is pretty straight forward.
As young project, Globaleaks can use some help fixing bugs. Just head to the wiki and read through it. It is pretty straight forward, and explains the modules, security concepts and set up instructions.
Globaleaks already has Debian and Ubuntu ready packages. An easy way to help out is to set up a PPA for us on Launchpad.
Get in touch:
You can contact the Globaleaks team at info () globaleaks org or on IRC on #globaleaks at irc.oftc.net
Here are some screenshots of the new frontend
Congratulations you are using Tor
Receiver selection page
The submission receipt
Configuring a receiver
Configuring a context
We can now browse our albums, artists and songs (no playlists yet) and play them
GNOME Music application development is reaching the end of phase one (out of three).
This phase consists of:
- Set basic infrastructure (done)
- Implement Grilo Querying (done)
- Implement Albums View (done)
- Implement Songs View (done)
- Implement Artist View (done)
- Implement Playback support (done)
- Clean up and port to Glade (in progress)
If you feel like hacking along please don’t mind to help out:
Thanks for everybody who has been helping out.
Thanks to Guillaume Quintard and the potential SoC students for posting to glade and fixing some of the UI issues. Also Vadim Rutkovsky started working on some unittests (which kicks ass).
And now to leave you with some screenshots…
The last weeks a lot of volunteers showed up to develop on (GNOME) Music.
Now we can browse the albums and their content making it our most complete view. Playback to the albums view and songs view is in development (works but is buggy).
Also we are heavy working on the artist view trying to match the mockups, currently the code delivers the following screenie:
There is still a lot to be done, and we created a semi roadmap of our development plan. Phase 1 should be completed within the next 2 – 3 weeks. We also moved our UI development to be glade.
I am very happy with the contributor turnout (no special order):
- Vadim Rutkovsky
- Eslam Mostafa
- Paolo Borelli
- Guillaume Quintard
- Allan Day
- Jakub Steiner
- Shivani Poddar
- Sriram Ramkrishna
- Hylke Bons
Nice to have this mix of old and new contributors working together. If interested join us on #gnome-music on gimpnet. This is where the communication happens.
Also I would like to thank Next Tuesday for sponsoring part of my time on working on GNOME Music
So finally we have rolled out Zeitgeist 1.0 beta…
With Zeitgeist 1.0 we are introducing libzeitgeist2, a Vala port of the previously independent libzeitgeist library. The new libzeitgeist2 comes with 3 big improvements over libzeitgeist:
- Maintained internally by the Zeitgeist team since it is part of the internal datamodel we used.
- Has direct read support. This way when querying Zeitgeist for data there is no more round-trips and less serialization which improves most queries by almost 100% and sometimes even more. Writing is still done over D-Bus.
- GObject Introspection support. So now it can be used with almost any language.
The engine itself is also faster and has seen a lots of bug fixes. Zeitgeist datahub package is now part of the Zeitgeist Framework package. This should be convenient for packagers.
Over the weekend some of us will be porting apps in GNOME using Zeitgeist to libzeitgeist2 and actually patch some existing apps to have better sorting.
I would like to thank the whole Zeitgeist team for getting this far, and the people who helped us get there. Also we are looking into porting libQzeitgeist to depend on libzeitgeist2 for less future maintenance efforts (please contact Trever Fischer – tdfischer on irc) if you are interested. We have a very interesting KDE application in mind at the moment that would make use of kde-telepathy, nepomuk and libqzeitgeist.
We are hanging out on #zeitgeist on freenode and for the latest Zeitgeist, just check out our fdo git repo ==> http://cgit.freedesktop.org/zeitgeist/zeitgeist
As of beginning of December I started contributing to the Mozilla community… I must say amazing people and amazing environment.
I was invited by Josh Matthews and David W. Boswell to a Mozillians meeting. The first task I took upon myself was getting new contributors mentioned with every release. With the help of the others I went around pinging people and a couple of days later we reached the consensus that we will be linking to a blog post on http://blog.mozilla.org/community/category/spotlight/ from the release note with every release.
We will be using a set of premature scripts I am working on to detect new contributors to a release as well as the contribution rate (code and bugs which is inspired by my GNOME fellow Andre Klapper). Those can be found https://github.com/seiflotfy/mozcctools (nothing special they just spit out JSON stats, will automate them this weekend).
And last but not least. After an interesting call with the super dad himself, Mike Hoye, I took a challenge upon myself to hack a tool that does the following:
Enter a a keyword, and it will spit out Mozillians that are affiliated with this keyword based on their code commits and bug reports.
It took me around 60 minutes to hack the tool using Zeitgeist and the Full Text Indexer extension. Basically importing the last 120k code commits and indexing the commit message. I will publish the code soon. After that I spent 30 minutes with Josh and Mike playing with it testing the results. Mike Hoye has some great ideas on how to deploy such a tool (Bugzilla included), and hopefully I can show off the cleaned up code in the following days.
I am thinking of deploying such a tool for the KDE and GNOME community sites to find ways to directly contact hackers based on keywords.
All in all the Mozilla contribution experience is really fun, and while not hacking on Firefox or B2G I am having fun developing tools for enabling the community.