Monday, November 17, 2008

Metisse / Façades : did I fail promoting it ?

Before I forget, thanks to Luis, I have a new hackergotchi. If you are aggregating myblog in a planet, please update my hackergotchi. Thanks.

Back on the main subject : I'm both happy and sad to see Jim talking about Façades. I'm happy because I'm no longer the only one talking about the various features of Metisse. But I'm sad, because Jim seems to discover Métisse and Façades, while we have been promoting Metisse for more than two years in Mandriva Linux and I've created screencast and doing demonstrations in various conférences. Our goal was to try to raise awareness of those kind of technologies (resulting from a lot of research and user testing done by Metisse team) in Free software desktop environment, hoping interested people would help Metisse team in develop their software or integrate some of Metisse ideas in "common" desktop environments.

I have mixed feeling about the results : we succeed because Metisse team was able to get a funding for hiring someone to work on Metisse code (Rémi Cardona) and helping to either port it to last Xorg technologies or get relevant Métisse technologies merged in Xorg platform (input redirection is handled in Métisse for a long time, for instance). But I also have the feeling I failed on promoting Metisse, since people are only discovering it now, instead of two years ago :(

So, if you want to refresh your views about Metisse, you can view screencasts I did two years ago (created directly from Metisse), either on Dailymotion (now available in high quality) or download them there. I also suggest you read their various research papers, they are extremely interesting. And of course, you can grab Mandriva Linux 2009 (or earlier versions), where Metisse is available as an option, just like Compiz Fusion.