Hello Planet GNOME!

Hi, everyone!

I’m Pedro Sader Azevedo, a Computer Engineering student at Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil. In the next few months I’ll be working as a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) intern to integrate the functionality of GNOME Network Displays into GNOME Settings, with the guidance of Felipe Borges, Claudio Wunder, Jonas Ådahl, and Anupam Kumar.

More about me

During the pandemic, when every aspect of life was moved to the digital realm, I learned about Free Software and was won over by its principled stance on technology. I decided to take back my computing and became a user (and vocal advocate) of GNU/Linux!

Soon after, I helped organize The Week of Computing at my university. I invited a representative of GNOME (the one and only Georges Stavracas!), whose talk was especially impressive to me as I thoroughly identified with the values of freedom, collaboration, and inclusivity embodied by the project.

I started contributing with translations (which I still do a lot!) and was so warmly welcomed that I soon started programming as well. I also contribute with community-engagement, by helping the Free and Open Source Software study group LKCAMP organize events that promote usage of and contribution to FOSS projects.

More about my internship

The goal of the internship is to the add networks displays (i.e. “screen casting”) to GNOME Settigs. I plan to do that by separating the backend of GNOME Network Displays into a library, then using that library to implement the new feature on the settings app.

This change will contribute to the general impression of using a “first-class” operating system that seamlessly integrates with others. While it is true that the app already provides said feature, finding it directly in Settings is much more reassuring and convenient than having to install a separate program just for that.

If there’s anything you’d like to discuss, feel free to reach out to me using any of the communication plaforms listed here (I’m most active on Matrix though).

Thank you for reading!

Published on May 9, 2023.