[Tony Yip] Some thought about SITCON x HK

Recently, some of my friends including those in Taiwan asking me about when will be the next SITCON x HK. I am here to thanks all of your support. And I am here to talk some more about SITCON x HK.

Hardness

However, I need to take the Hong Kong DSE in this year. The Hong Kong DSE would finish on the late April. In May, I am going to have my speech day and ready for the coming up Hong Kong Open Source Conference 2016 in June. And then in July, I have to face the hardness of the release of result of HKDSE and JUPAS. Also, I am going to join the COSCUP in August. It is a hard job for me to organize the SITCON x HK before the Autumn. If you are hoping to go to SITCON x HK, you may expect it in Autumn or Winter.

Organizing a conference is not a simple task like a school project study. It involves call for proposals, promotion, budget planning, ticket selling (even in free), looking for venue and sponsorship, technical (thanks @licson) and many more basic decision.

SITCON x HK 2015

In the last year, SITCON x HK held in the HKOSCon because of luck of time, so most of the problem is solved by the other committees of the HKOSCon. However, SITCON x HK have to become a standalone conference. I have to face these problem by myself which bring me, a F6 student, so much pressure.

It is a very sad news for me every time when I look at the posts on SITCON x HK Facebook Page. The number of people reached is also in a low level. I did ask myself whether I am not doing in the right way or anything I have missed ?

The last SITCON x HK also make me very upset. The number of participant is in a low rate, specially the main target audience, students . I am not meaning there is any problem on the speaker. The main reason of this I think is because of my promotion is not enough and success. After the conference, I am a bit losing the way on SITCON x HK. Specially after the University IT Exploration Conference 2015 (UnitExCon 2015) , I saw much more students joining the conference comparing to the SITCON x HK. I started to ask myself whether I should stop SITCON x HK and let the organizer of UnitExCon, Joint Universities Computer Association (JUCA) to held the conference instead.

I remember the hope of friends of SITCON in Taiwan. I hope they would not be disappointed on this. Therefore, I have decided to let the Hong Kong students to make this decision. I am going to organize SITCON x HK in October or November 2016 and open for the call for staff, proposal and sponsorship since this artical has published until August. I will decide whether I should continue organizing SITCON x HK or not depending on the response from the public in SITCON x HK.

[Tony Yip] First Taste on GNOME Ubuntu

As the task of Google Code-In required and the needs of improvement of control users, I installed GNOME Ubuntu in the school library computer as the OPAC. The original version is Ubuntu Desktop 14.04.3 LTS and I installed the GNOME Ubuntu 14.04 LTS which means I can use the same kernel and commands in the computer.

Advantage compare with Ubuntu

After doing tests on the GNOME Ubuntu, I figure out some advantage of GNOME Ubuntu than Ubuntu Desktop. The starting up time of GNOME Ubuntu is much shorter than the Ubuntu Desktop. It took 2 to 3 minutes to start up the OPAC with the Ubuntu Desktop in the old days but now it just takes less than 2 minutes to bootstrap the OPAC.

Moreover, GUI supporting is much better. Since many GUI application is written with GTK+ and GNOME, GNOME Ubuntu has a better support than Unity and provides a better user experience.

Furthermore, GNOME Ubuntu provides a more natural UI for users than Ubuntu Desktop. The button are placed on the top right corner instead of top left corner which is more easy to use for Windows users. Also, the menu bar is place at the top of the application instead of the top of the whole window.

Disadvantage compared with Ubuntu

However, no pay no gain. There is cost in taking the advantage of GNOME Ubuntu.

The layout of GNOME Ubuntu is a bit boring for those using the colourful Unity. The colour using in GNOME Ubuntu make users feeling repeating and easily being upset in using. This would be a bad news as the computer is providing service for students search books.

What is more, GNOME Ubuntu does not have as much support as Ubuntu Desktop. For the field of desktop, Canonical Ltd. is still putting the focus on Ubuntu Desktop instead of GNOME Ubuntu. This is a unfavourable factor for putting GNOME Ubuntu in production.

Next, GNOME Ubuntu is much harder to download. As I am living in Hong Kong, I can easily get the Ubuntu install image from the mirror of CUHK. However, I need to get the GNOME Ubuntu installation image from cdimage.ubuntu.com which is far away from my home and takes me a long time to download.

Conclusion

Finally, installing GNOME Ubuntu on the school library computer as OPAC seems not a bad idea for now. I would observe whether the users prefer which Ubuntu.

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