Monday, February 27, 2012

Working on Totem help

I am surprised. It occurs that Totem is really user friendly application and re-writing help in Mallard for it is a pleasure. Today I pushed some changes so you can see  here how it is going to look like.

This time I do not work with Bugzilla. I have my git account, work on my branch and push commits on my own. I will try not to mess it up. ;)

Thursday, January 12, 2012


File Roller help in Mallard is almost ready. I attached patch with two last pages on GNOME Bugzilla and now I'm waiting for revision of the whole help. :)

Meanwhile I am looking on Totem Movie Player and planning further work.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Documentation workflow

This post was supposed to be published before Christmas - I prepared it in Berlin and then went on holiday to Poland. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to sit and work during my holiday, so I publish it now, without any changes.  It describes documentation workflow.

First step is always to choose what to do. I talked to my mentor, Kat, and decided to re-write File Roller help in Mallard. It seemed to be a good idea, because this application is not big or particularly complicated. I started my work before OPW started, because I wanted to have Christmas holiday.

Second thing - as I got to know, very, very important - is to plan the work. I took a look at GNOME Archive Manager and tried to think the sections of help and its content. Of course, some changes appeared in this plan, but still, it is way much easier, where such draft exist.

What's next? Just start writing. Page after page I get to know Mallard better. I use this markup's website and GNOME GIT source code repository, to gain all necessary information. I often write some pages, think they are ready, show them Kat, she approves them, and few days later I discover something new, what looks way much better, so I change everything all over again.

I use git to control my local repository. I am reading still Scott Chacon's book: Pro Git - it describes this version control system step by step and is really useful, however I still do not feel confident with all git commands. And here, I would like to thank again Dave and Krzemek, for rescuing me from my "git troubles". :)

For the file-roller task I am working with GNOME Bugzilla. When the new patch is ready, I attache it here. I have already applied for my git account. In some time I will be able to push the changes on my own. 

This is how my File Roller help looks like: 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

So it begins...

My name is Marta Bogdanowicz and I am really a beginner, who has previously used GNOME only occasionally. Even for me, it is hard to believe that few months ago, I worked in some library, somewhere in Poland. However it has changed. I have decided to move to Germany, for the person I love. Since August I have been living in Berlin.

Another new thing in my life - Fedora 16. Since September I have been using this distribution and getting to know GNOME 3. You may say: "what's the big deal?". Well, for me it is. I used to use mainly Windows and occasionally Ubuntu. My first impression was: I like the look (such a feminine point of view, I know). I really like the way of changing applications via moving cursor to the top left corner. I also appreciate the possibility of searching for application just by writing its name or function. It is really convenient. Unfortunately, there is also one downside of GNOME 3 for me - bottom toolbar popping up every time, when cursor come close to it. It drives me crazy! Am I the only person complaining about this? Or is it only the matter of getting used to?

Installing Fedora was the first step. When I heard about GNOME Outreach Program for Women, I asked Kat to be my mentor. She agreed and I prepared my application for it: luckily, I was chosen to be one of the participants. :) In my opinion, the idea of this program is great. It gives the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and contribute, even in a tiny way, to the development of GNOME. My way for this is writing documentation. Thus far it gives me pleasure and satisfaction. I am learning to use git and Mallard under the watchful eye of Kat. She supports me and keeps helping me every time I need it. 

She also teaches me proper British English, shows some good tea sorts and tells many things about fishes. Well, definitely not scary. ;)