Name: Felipe van de Wiel
Member since: 2004-10-31 22:53:00
Last Login: 2012-09-27 08:36:37



In a lot of places I'm known as faw, but you may also known me as Felipe Augusto van de Wiel. I'm a Computer Scientist passionate about Free Software, which lead me to be a sysadmin volunteer for different free software projects.

I'm Debian Developer, one of the many pseudo-random geeks around. Currently I'm preparing myself to embark on a new professional journey.

You can find me in different social and professional networks: Facebook, Google Plus,, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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A new journey ahead
Changing jobs and moving to a new country... it's just the beginning.

On September 30th, 2012 I'm moving to Menlo Park, CA, USA because back in December 2011 I accepted a job offer as a sysadmin (the name is fancier: Operations Engineer) in Silicon Valley. Since then I'm working on the required documentation, so far everything had worked out. I'm starting at the new work on October 8th, and as I'm arriving on October 1st, I'll have a week to take a look around and get to know a tiny bit of San Francisco Bay Area.

In different levels and aspects it is a big opportunity for me, and I'm confident it'll be an unique experience, not only professional, which of course involves working in a bigger company with more complex scenarios and bigger challenges, and on the personal side, I'll live abroad, be an expat.

As you may imagine, I'm working on this process for more or less 10 months, but in the last 30 days it got more intense. Quitting my jobs, organizing my stuff, cleaning part of backlog (and finding out a have a huge to-do list awaiting for me). Spending quality time with family and friends, and also saying goodbye to them. Finishing some aspects of the move (travel tickets, temporary living).

It's new, it's different! I'm super excited and I do want to change a few things to make it easier for family and friends to keep up, make it easier to follow the news, which might help with the distance.
And now for something completely different! See you all pretty soon! :-)
29 and counting
Time flies... and very fast.

There are so many things I'd like to share and tell you about but that would make a long and boring post, so I'll divide it in future entries, so I can keep this diary alive, keep people informed and tell a little bit about my story. Eventually, I may split this diary into a technical and a non-technical blog, but for now, I will stick around mixing topics. :-) Last time I wrote was back in 2009 at DebConf9 in Spain and a lot of things happened that year. Not only for Debian, but also for me.

My last year studying Computer Science was 2009 and that same year I was working full time, I helped organizing a large event for Computer Students (ENECOMP 2009), we had some troubles and side effects with Influenza A (H1N1) in my city (Curitiba, PR) and towards the end of the year I got really sick (not from Influenza) and it took a while to know what was going, during this process I did hurt some people I really love and I'm truly sorry. The past, 2010 went on as busy and unstable as 2009, my laptop's hard disk broke twice (January and October) and I survived thanks to backup and recovery procedures. I took some wrong decisions but fixed it later and learned a lot from my mistakes, decisions and choices.

Then 2011 came, my laptop's hard disk broke again and I lost almost 6 months of emails, I find out that after the second crash in 2010 part of my backup got b0rk3d. Fine, I didn't die, everything seems to be fine, but I'm still catching up with a lot of work and backlog. At different times one of my parents also got really sick and I learned quite a bit on how to deal with it.

Due to the laptop and the different things going on in my life I didn't work for Debian as much as I want and I still feel guilty. :-( But that's fine, this is a kind of public apologize for my peers in Debian (i18n, mirrors, release), I still want to help all of you, but I still have quite a bit of backlog to clean and quite a few things to learn in the process. And in general, I'm really sorry if I didn't (or I couldn't) work for Debian as much as I want.

Although I'm taking the chance to apologize in this post, I still want to make clear that I'm quite happy. This last year was pretty good, I had the opportunity to attend DebConf again and also got to know Sarajevo and Zagreb. New lessons were learned, better work cycles, nicer solutions. Today I'm completing 29 years old. 29. This is quite some time, not a long ride, but for one reason or another, I have high hopes for 2012 and what awaits me. And I do plan to learn more, to help more and whenever possible, to contribute back.

Last time I wrote here I mentioned about my graduation and another post to talk about that, I'll write about it as soon as I get my diploma (because of different printing problems it was delayed for almost 2 years). And I do plan to write more frequently. :-)
29 Jul 2009 (updated 29 Jul 2009 at 17:53 UTC) »

Redesigning Communication
Comments about the ideas of a better "looking"
It seems to be a "hot topic" week for Debian, yesterday the announcement of Time Based Freeze Cycles and today the proposal to redesign some parts of Debian. No matter how orthogonal those topics are, communication seems to be needing real improvements inside Debian Project, but I will leave this item for later (and I mean communications amongst teams and developers, nothing related to the Press Team).

First of all, let me state this perfectly clear: I believe Agnieszka (pixelgirl) did an incredible job with her redesign proposal. As a concept. (Or proof of concept). That's why I share some of Rhonda's concerns.

I don't think anybody disagrees that several parts of the Debian project urges improvements in the design field, some of them requires a total redesign, that doesn't mean we need a new logo. It is curious to see how some things happen in a strange related fashion, no matter if you believe in $DEITY (superior power or destiny), life has its ways. Early this week, the new logo of Pepsi was announced and some comparison images were created to show the evolution of Pepsi and Coca-Cola logos. It's possible to find quite a few articles commenting about the new logo, about brand, market share and strangely related to a "new logo proposal".

Yes, I like Debian's logo, it has a strong recognition, I don't think we need to change it and I don't have reasons to believe we need a new one.

The Swirl can be applied vertically and horizontally, it can also be applied alone without the "debian" text and for those wondered about the details of our logo and font, a quick (re)search would review the DebianLogo wiki page, with a lot of details.

That being said, the art work concept is indeed an important first step, but it is certainly not the only one. As I said, life has its ways, yesterday, Rhonda mentioned the amazing work of Kalle Söderman, who has looking for the Debian's Global Picture since 2007 and who did move to the step after the mockups having real instances implemented maintaining part of Debian WWW Team informed and working on feedback and smooth integration.

No matter what people said (or will say), CSS can't do all the magic.

Kalle deserves a big Thank You for his work and, IMNSHO, should be the first option to be considered in a merge (that's why you shouldn't resign Rhonda, you got quite some work to do to get it integrated).

The point, is that Kalle is not alone. There are a lot of people behind Debian Art and it would be great to see a joint effort from all artists interested in helping Debian to have a better unified look-and-feel on the Debian Project, not only on our web interfaces, but also on our products: CDs/DVDs (and its covers), desktops, wallpapers, boot loaders, splash screens, documentations, business cards, banners, t-shirts (and a bunch of other materials). It is not just a matter of writing something completely new without keep in touch with an already existent community, it is also the need to communicate and push such goals project-wide, so we can have massive adoption.

I was surprised by the fact that a lot of people mixed quite a few orthogonal points. Specially the fact that the website also needs some work in the Information Architecture field in order to improve the users' experience, but that's one point of a project-wide concern (that Kalle took into account).

Finally, some may not remember that we vote (General Resolution) to choose our logo, back in 1999 (10 years ago).

Yes, we need to do better on communicating and we need do to better with our design (and probably Marketing), but please do not start such work by changing our logo.
Yes... long time since I last post. Apparently, I will be able to graduate by April of 2010, but that remains for another post.

Re: Blog rewrite upcoming
Erich, it seems that you got TONS of recommendations for different blog software, so you probably already received a recommendation for Chronicle: The Blog Compiler, it is written by Steve Kemp inspired by Joey's ikiwiki. I've been also wondering about using ikiwiki and/or chronicle. :-)

From the privacy-issues-department...
This is in my draft for a long time now...

Nico, I never understood what was so private about your page (Thanks WayBackMachine!).

PS: Happy 2009!
Random news

Yes, I was away... long and sad story involving health issues. :-( I'm trying to get back, hopefully everything will be fine. Let me publicly apologize to some people that was expecting some work from me and I postponed it, not because of slackness but because I was unable to do it. I'm catching up with a lot of tasks and trying to solve long standing issues, feel free to ping me to get some update on a specific matter. I am really sorry!

Do you know about the poll to choose a slogan for the release of Debian 5.0, also known as "lenny"?

No!? Shame on you! :-)

People behind Debian Art started a discussion to get opinions! After some input they prepared a poll, maybe they should try to use a doodle. Right now, The Universal Operating System is quite popular, but a lot of people did some nice suggestions, and some of them would like to see a slogan some way related to the Toy Story (tm) character Lenny:

The discussion is distributed across three lists: Debian Desktop, Debian Publicity and Debian Curiosa, I would also point to the comments made by Gustavo Noronha da Silva (here) and Andre Felipe Machado (here).

If you didn't say anything so far, please do!

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