Summertime!

THE EXAMS ARE OVER! Finally!

My university freshman year has come to its end. I have successfully passed all the exams (yep, math included), so I’m ready to embrace summer adventures!

Well… after a bit of sleep, ok? ๐Ÿ™‚

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C++ Russia 2018

Late is better than never, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

I finally got a small break from the endless studies, so I decided to share my experience during C++ Russia 2018, an amazing C++ developer conference that I was lucky to attend as a volunteer.

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The conference is a fun 3 day long event hosted by the C++ Russia User Group, and an opportunity to listen to deep knowledge and practical wisdom of speakers from all over the world. This year’s keynote speaker was Jon Kalb, the C++ developer with 25-years of expirience.

I managed to attend a number of talks, including:

  • Interactive C++ Compilation (REPL): The Lean Way by Viktor Kirilov
  • C++ No-Launch Code Debugging by Anastasia Kazakova
  • Building in Docker with Conan by Evgeny Lukyanets
  • Concept Based Testing by Dietmar Kรผhl
  • CMake Pitfalls and Where to Find Them by Dmitry Kozhevnikov
  • WebAssembly Transition: Is It Worth It? by Pavel Bulatov

 

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I have also met many interesting people, some developers I previously messaged with, and made new friends ๐Ÿ™‚

I would like to thank Sergey Platonov, the event manager, for this awesome experience.

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The Registration Awaits!
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KDE software lights up the place
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The Brave Team behind the scenes

 

 

 

KDE Russia

This January, an amazing milestone has been passed by the Russian KDE community: our VK group, main local community page, got more than a thousand subscribers!

Globally, that doesn’t sound like much, but that’s really a lot for a local page of a FOSS community!

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My participation started more than a year ago, and throughout the year we’ve been covering all major events in community life, helping new users find their ways in FOSS and KDE in particular, inviting everyone to participate and do whatever they can to make the bright future of software freedom closer.

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This year we made a friendly Telegram chat and bridged it to an IRC channel (#kde_ru); I developed a bot that publishes news from our page to the chat and delivers them personally. We established a good relationship with local openSUSE and Qt communities.

No doubt, there’s a lot to be done to make our community a brighter, stronger, more welcoming place. But I am proud of what we have achieved and look forward with passion.

If you speak Russian and would like to help spread the word about free software, you are always welcome to join us! ๐Ÿ˜€

Halium on ASUS ZenFone 5

Halium is a hardware abstraction layer developed collaboratively by multiple open source communities (KDE, UBPorts, Mer, LuneOS) to enable Android devices to run GNU/Linux distributions.

I had posted this news on Twitter some time ago, but I’m still happy that my port got so mature that it is able to deliver hardware accelerated graphics:

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This port is quite special as the phone has an x86 CPU, a PowerVR GPU and a closed source HWComposer. To make it possible, I authored a number of patches to Libhybris and Halium; as of now, most of them have been merged. I am going to continue my work on the device.

Exams are over, new studies coming

Hello blog, no news from me for a while ๐Ÿ˜€

Studies at the university were really overwhelming, and I feel that passing my first exams was a major step in my life.

Despite my week off coming to its end already, I still haven’t done many things I planned: my brain felt exhausted, and I couldn’t help spending time watching TV series and stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I still have some news to share, and so I will in next blog posts.

Studies

ITMO University is a very welcoming place, and I enjoy so much being here ๐Ÿ™‚

Welcome party
New friends
Student docs

Also, I finally have a stable web connection.

P.S. And all in all, St Petersburg is not THAT rainy ๐Ÿ˜…

ITMO University

In a couple of hours I’m leaving my home city and going to Saint Petersburg, where I’m going to study for a software engineer in ITMO University for 4 years. I’ll be there tomorrow, but I probably won’t have a stable Internet connection for a while. If I don’t answer your messages, it’s just that I can’t ๐Ÿ˜‰

Best wishes ๐Ÿ˜€