Author Archives for barisione

Bye bye Collabora


Seven years ago, immediately after finishing my master’s degree, I visited Cambridge for an “interview” with Collabora. I was hired and, shortly afterwards, I moved to Cambridge. It has been seven great years since then, even if there were some low points, like when Nokia cancelled some of their projects. At Collabora I had the […]

WebKit on the new Raspberry Pi 2


Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a new model of the Raspberry Pi! While the new Raspberry Pi looks almost identical to the previous one, it’s much more powerful (and with four cores instead of one) and costs just $35. Here at Collabora we have worked together with the Raspberry Pi Foundation on optimising WebKit […]

A web browser for the Raspberry Pi


As I previously mentioned, Collabora has been working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation on various projects including a web browser optimised for the Raspberry Pi. Since the first beta release we have made huge improvements; now the browser is more responsive, it’s faster, and videos work much better (the first beta could play 640×360 videos […]

Maynard: a Wayland desktop shell for the Raspberry Pi


In the last year or so, Collabora has been working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation on a web browser and on Wayland. See Daniel’s and Pekka’s blog posts about their Wayland work. To make Wayland on the Raspberry Pi actually usable, we needed a shell, but lightweight desktop environments (like LXDE) don’t support Wayland and […]

Empathy chat accounts and GOA


Two years ago the first version of GNOME Online Accounts (GOA) was released and Empathy got the ability to use the GOA accounts that supported chat. This feature was a bit incomplete as you could configure Google and Facebook accounts in the control center (through GOA), but the other accounts could only be configured directly […]

New versions of Message Notifier and Boss mode


I uploaded new versions of my two extensions (Message Notifier and Boss Mode) to extensions.gnome.org. To update, just visit the extension pages and click on the update button next to the on/off switch. Notifications coming from Empathy and XChat-GNOME Sorry if it took a while, but Debian (even unstable) is still using Gnome 3.4.

What’s happening in Italy?


I read a few good articles in English about the latest elections in Italy, but they all seemed a bit unclear about what can actually happen and what cannot happen. I hope this post can be easy to understand, not too boring and not too imprecise (I’m trying to simplify a few things and I […]

Why is g_hash_table_insert used?


Yesterday I was discussing a bug in some code using a GHashTable with Will and we both started to wonder if there is any reason to use g_hash_table_insert instead of g_hash_table_replace. First of all an example, look at this code and try to find the bug. #include <glib.h> static void add_entry (GHashTable *ht, const gchar […]

Message Notifier for Gnome 3.6


Recently I didn’t have much time to hack on Message Notifier, but luckily Guillaume Desmottes ported it to Gnome 3.6. This version also changes the shortcut to open the menu from Win+M to Win+L, as the former is now used by the shell. To update, just visit the extension page and click on the update […]

Boss Mode extension


Gnome-shell’s popup notifications and integrated chat are great, but sometimes I’m annoyed when the content of a chat is displayed on screen at the wrong moment (for instance if a colleague sends you a work-related message while you are sitting at a conference next to other people). The Boss Mode extension allows you to quickly […]