Announcement: Bug Party Invitation
In an effort to beat the bug tracker and the feature tracker into
submission, the Inkscape project is hosting a "Bug Party" on Saturday,
September 24, 2005. This is an excellent opportunity for new
contributors and non-developers to participate in the project.
All day long (in the US time) the IRC channel #inkscape on server
irc.freenode.org will be open, along with the correspondent Jabber room
(see http://inkscape.org/discussion.php for more details). We expect to
reach peak hours at 16-20 UTC on September 24 (8-12 PST) and 0-4 UTC on
September 25 (16-20 PST on September 24) and guarantee presence of core
Inkscape developers on those time intervals.
For additional information, rules, procedures and tools, a Wiki page is
If you are an Inkscape user looking for a way to contribute or an
existing contributor wanting to contribute more, we await you!
Contact Nicu or Bryce for more info if you have any questions!
Got some good news...
Eric Wilhelm, developer of the Uber-Converter and member of the Inkscape
community, is being sponsored by Xara to develop a graphics converter to
allow Xara and Inkscape users to more easily share documents.
Xara's full press release is here:
This tool will benefit both Xara and Inkscape. Xara will gain support
for an important graphics file format quickly becoming a standard in the
Open Source community. Inkscape will gain a new file converter that
will allow Inkscape users to more seamlessly convert to and from Xara.
In addition, due to Uber-converter's "hub" architecture, this may enable
support for several further file formats.
For some background... this effort came about after Charles Moir of Xara
and I had some discussions about how Xara could become more involved in
the Open Source community and the Inkscape community in particular.
Since Xara does not yet support SVG, a xar2svg/svg2xar effort was
clearly a logical first step. With Xara providing this code under the
GPL, it makes a valuable contribution to the community, too!
Anyway, it's great to welcome Xara to the Inkscape community; I hope
we'll be able to work together with them even more closely in the
A new mailing list is now available for the Spanish and Castillian
speaking Inkscape user community. You may subscribe to it here:
The guidelines for this list are the same as for the main user list:
1. Have fun!
2. Grow a friendly community
3. Strive to help out fellow users
I will update the Inkscape site and add news about this. I'd love to
encourage you to spread word about this list to any other sites that you
think would be interested.
On Thu, Sep 08, 2005 at 01:19:52AM -0700, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 08, 2005 at 08:49:57AM +0300, Nicu Buculei wrote:
> > Bryce Harrington wrote:
> > >There's been a proposal to create a new list for Spanish speakers.
> > >Does anyone have any comment on this before I set it up?
> > >
> > >Also, I'm thinking that for language-specific user lists we should
> > >require at least 3 people pledged to using the list before we set it
> > >up. Does that sound okay?
> > Then we have exactly 3 people who already pledged to use the list:
> > Norberto, Guillermo and Silvana, let's do it.
> Very well, all conditions are met, and it appears all comments voiced
> have been in support of the proposal. I've submitted the request to SF
> to have inkscape-user-es@ added. It should become available within the
> > Probably after this is announced as a news item, more people will be
> > interested.
> Once the list is available, I'll put out the official announcement,
> however I would encourage the new members of this list to take the duty
> to promote it and encourage other Spanish speaking users to join. I
> think seeing news in the native language will be the most effective way
> of building the community.
> Also, if speakers of other languages would also like to have lists set
> up, and can meet the same conditions that were met for the Spanish list,
> I will create them as well.
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