An awesome experience!

GUADEC has been a week full of memorable moments. As my friend Rares mentioned in his post, our  newcomers group was welcomed by friendly community members right as we arrived at the hotel. For someone who has never attended a similar event before, this really helped with getting into the conference atmosphere.

In the first couple days of the conference, I found myself meeting a lot of people that I knew from IRC. It felt really nice to finally know the person behind the internet nick. I was especially excited about  getting to meet my mentor, Carlos Soriano =). In between the presentations I also took the time to prepare my own lightning talk about compressed files in Nautilus. Speaking in front of the GNOME community for the first time was a unique experience.

Of course, GUADEC had a loooot of fun stuff. Playing picnic games like children (and losing them to actual children!), going on ziplines with project maintainers and a little pool party for the Nautilus team, these all added up to a memorable experience. And there were also beers and tequilas, but I guess this is not the place to talk about them :D.

Los tres amigos de Nautilus managed to do some actual work too, polishing what was done so far during the summer. Reviewing and arguing is definitely more fun in person than it is on IRC and bugzilla. By the way, support for compressed files is up and running in Nautilus master and Carlos did a great job on making it available in flatpak, so give it a shot if you’re curious!

So that’s it for this GUADEC. I can definitely say it’s an experience I want to repeat and hopefully I’ll be able to attend and see you all again next year in Manchester!

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Internal compression

My project continues with support for internal compression in Nautilus. The operation comes with integrated progress feedback and support for undoing and redoing. Also, the new archive will be automatically selected once the operation is complete. The feature is available from the context menu, where the menu item from file-roller’s extension would normally be:

compress_menu_item

Since this operation is functionally similar to “New Folder with Selection”, we chose to make the UI for it similar as well. However, we ran into a little issue as we could not decide how to offer compression format options. These are the ideas we came with:

Combobox / List of all available formats

compress_radio

Radio selection, as suggested by Allan Day

Trading supported formats for UI simplicity has proved to be a touch choice. Even so, would users actually use most of the formats displayed in the first version? Would they be fine with having only 2 or 3 options available? Would it be acceptable to use an archive manager for the other options? These are the points that have been debated for the past few days. Feedback and suggestions on the matter are even more appreciated now, as they could really help us decide which way to go!

Well, that’s about it for compression and for this part of integrating file-roller into Nautilus. Looking forward to GUADEC where I hope to see and meet as many of you! 🙂