Monday, February 29, 2016

Ways to Change the Resolution of Text Terminal (TTY)

Here're some ways to change a TTY's resolution in Linux:

a. Try to use the command fbset. It can be used to change the framebuffer device settings, which related to the display of TTY.
    eg. fbset 1280x1024-60
For more information about the usage of fbset and its relation with tty, check man page and google.
This change is temporary and will be reset after reboot.

b. If you are using grub and grub2, you can make it by changing the grub settings. For more information, check this:

c. If you only want to change the font size under TTY instead of the resolution, check this:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Some ideas about this year's Google Summer of Code

This year's GSoC ended several weeks ago but I'm kind of busy working on open source community contribution in China and don't have time to say something about that till now. Really appreciate that Google provide this chance for me to get to know the open source world and be one of them. Also, thanks to GNOME and my mentor David for their time and effort to get us engaged.

To be honest, I didn't spend so much time on my project this year compared to other students I know. But I will continue to contribute and help other people around me to get involved. Working with those people willing to share and help really enlightened me and I want to get more people to know about that since open source is not very popular in China nowadays. In fact one of my schoolmates has already asked me the details about that and said he would like to try next year.

Throughout this summer, I've been focusing on Evolution Active-Sync, the backend of Evolution for the supporting of the protocol called Microsoft Active Sync. It's not a big project and not used by as many people as GTK or Evolution itself, but still my work helped someone, and that makes me going on.

After the GSoC, I've done some work related to the open source community in China. We have a organization called kaiyuanshe and they did some work to help promote open source. Last weekend they organized the Apache Roadshow in Beijing and I was one of the volunteers. Also, I gave a speech about my experience in GSoC on the conference. Although it's not the GNOME community, but I think sometimes we should contribute to the open source world as a whole without caring which one it is. Hope our effort would enlarge the open source force in China.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


I participated the GNOME.Asia's BOF with Oliver, Emily, Ali and other people. It's very great to have so many people care about GNOME Asia and willing to help. We shared the history of GNOMA Asia and discussed the future plan. I've never been to a GNOME Asia Summit before, but I thought it's a good chance for us to communicate and hope I can go to the next one. We discussed many issues, like whether co-hosting the next GNOME Asia Summit with other organization, the ways to promote GNOME Asia, how we can get it better, and so on. Also, the trip after the BOF was a nice journey, Sweden is beautiful by the way~

Volunteer work at GUADEC

I applied for volunteer before GUADEC, hoping to help other people. But it seems that there were too many volunteers to be scheduled, so I'm not arranged and can help when needed. Since we only had two rooms for speech at the venue, there was not much work to do. I just did some cleaning work at the end of the core conference. Hope to help again, maybe at next GUADEC~

Presentation at GAUDEC

I presented a lightning talk about my GSoC project at GUADEC. Just a few minutes and several slides, but it's a good chance for other people to know my work. More than ten students gave their speech at the intern's lightning talk, and it's really great to know that there are some other students just like me. We have a nice time sharing each other's project and ideas.

Next day we had an intern's lunch. It was a good opportunity for us to have some discussions about our work for GNOME and our contribution experience.

Friday, August 7, 2015

New friends at GUADEC (updated)

I've met many people at GUADEC these days, and I got many new friends.

Yesterday when I and Jonathen come to the hostel where sponsored people live, it's a little bit early, so we just wait at the lobby. Here we met Markus, Ankit, Siska and other people, and we had some nice conversations before check in. After that, we went to lunch together (Although it's about 3:30 in the afternoon) and had a really wonderful day.

At the pre-registration party yesterday night, we had a drink with GUADEC people here and met some new friends like Oliver and Skyman.

Also, my roommates, Jonathan, Patrick and Marcin, are very nice people. We spend a good time together.

I think I'll make more friends here. With beautiful weather and friendly people, I love the place, I love GUADEC!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Summary of work from July 21st to August 3rd

I've finished the coding part of the migration from GConf to GSettings, and now is the debugging time. Since I will attend the GUADEC, there may be not much time for this project, hope I can finish the GSettings part before deadline. Also, I'll have a lightning talk at GUADEC about my GSoC project, hope people will enjoy that.