Author Archives: Sam Thursfield

About Sam Thursfield

Who's that kid in the back of the room? He's setting all his papers on fire! Where did he get that crazy smile? We all think he's really weird.

GUADEC 2017 by numbers

I’m finally getting around to doing a bit of a post-mortem for the 2017 edition of GUADEC that we held in Manchester this year. Let’s start with some statistics! GUADEC 2017 had… 264 registrations (up from 186 last year) 209 … Continue reading

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BuildStream and host tools

It’s been a while since I had to build a whole operating system from source. I’ve mostly been working on compilers so far this year at Codethink in fact, but my new project is to bring up some odd target … Continue reading

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GUADEC Talks Schedule Now Available

As mentioned on the GUADEC 2017 blog, we’ve just published the talks schedule for this year’s edition. Thanks to everyone who submitted a talk this year, we think there’s a fantastic mix of interesting topics on each day. We sadly … Continue reading

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Last night an suicide attack took place in Manchester killing at least 22 people. I don’t have much to comment on that apart from that everyone’s thoughts are with those who have been injured or lost friends and family to … Continue reading

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Tracker 💙 Meson

A long time ago I started looking at rewriting Tracker’s build system using Meson. Today those build instructions landed in the master branch in Git! Meson is becoming pretty popular now so I probably don’t need to explain why it’s … Continue reading

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Night Bus: simple SSH-based build automation

My current project at Codethink has involved testing and packaging GCC on several architectures. As part of this I wanted nightly builds of ‘master’ and the GCC 7 release branch, which called for some kind of automated build system. What … Continue reading

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GUADEC call for talks ends this Sunday, 23rd April

GUADEC 2017 is just over three months away, which is a very long time in the future and leaves lots of time to organise everything (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). However, the call for papers is closing … Continue reading

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