One year at Fluendo – an upbeat view

As of last week, it’s been a year since I started at Fluendo – a milestone that passed me by without noticing at the time (I was busy with Mum and Ruth visiting Barcelona, so I wasn’t really thinking about that sort of thing). I guess it’s time for a bit of reflection!

It’s been an interesting year – an incredibly steep learning curve to begin with, so I felt stressed and unproductive for a good while, while I was learning my way around GStreamer, Flumotion, and Python – but I’ve felt like a real, productive member of a team of interesting people for quite a while now.

I’m also pretty excited about where people are using GStreamer, and what they’re using it for, now – I’d followed the project from a distance for a long time, because it always looked like the right approach, but never quite got around to hacking on it until I started here. And now it’s finally good enough that we can do all sorts of really cool things. The Jokosher guys just got their first release out – go and play with it. It’s nice to see people who actually care about UI writing fun software. It’s also a great feeling to have worked on something that lots of people are using – from GNOME on the desktop, to the N770, and lots more!

We’re also doing some fun stuff with Flumotion – our Streaming Platform is almost ready for live deployment. It’s been a lot of hard work to get it all running, but they’re interesting problems that need a surprising amount of thought. On the downside, this is mostly hacking on proprietary software (addons to the free version of Flumotion), but we’ve rolled some of the useful changes back into the free version for people to play with.

In other news, I’m headed off to Shanghai in a couple of weeks for work. I’ve never been to China, so it should be interesting. Running some training courses for a client, and spreading the GStreamer love some more. I’ve loved travelling (apart from the long-distance flights – ugh) for as long as I can remember, so getting to visit a place I’ve never been to is something that usually gets me pretty excited.

So yeah – all up, I’m pretty happy with working here, though I miss friends and family back home. Fun times ahead too, I hope!

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