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Vincent DEROO, who are you?
I'm leaving in France, near Nantes. I'm 38 years old and I have got three children. I'm working as a developper at a wholesaler (Windows environment)
... and free softwares ?
I've been using computers for a lot of years... As every one, at this time, I was a Windows (3.1) user.
The first time I have read some words about Linux, it was in an universitary library (in 1998). Some books proposed to discover Linux... I was intrigued by this operating system that advice user to backup it's datas before installation, that talk about partitions... At the last quarter of 1998, I read the Linux Magazine France #1. In 1999, I bought a Suse 5.3. Since I used Slackware, Mandrake and today Debian.
I began in the free softwares world by packaging few releases of gnomemeeting. But family and work don't leave me free time. So I am more a "user" than a "maker"
But I always make promotion of free softwares (at work for example) !
Why do you have started to code Pysycache?
It's very simply : my younger child want to play to computer : I propose her gcompris or tuxpaint... but she was too young for succeed to move correctly the mouse !
So I have started to think at a software for teach kids how use the mouse (for having the avaibility to use other softwares). Pysycache was born !
Could you remember us the history of the project ?
The release 1.0 (Sept 20, 2005) is provided with only one activity (the move). One month later (Oct 21, 2005), I provide the 1.5 release, that is an amelioration of the fist release with sound management, the ghost mode and the ABCBook theme.
With the 2.0 release (Feb 16, 2006) I increase the mouse learning : with two new activities based on the click.
For the 3.0, I add two activities (double-click and drag'n'drop), user management, other translation, and script-fu (for Gimp) for make more easy the theme creation by user.
What difficulties did you have occured ?
I think that I had occured the same difficulties that other free projects :
- the loneliness of the developper: before its project reaches a critical size, the developper is alone. And he have to make code, documentation, web alone.
And it's logical : the project is his project, he have started it alone. Some times later, one or two persons come for help him. I note this point in first
because, I read on the web some persons that are disappointed that nobody join them in their free project.
Personnaly, I known this fact, and I have prepared me... but sometimes, 24 hours of the days was not enough for make pictures, web and coding ! (especially I made Pysycache on my free time)
I thank all personns (anonymous or knowned) that have send me comments, translations or testimonials.
- the small number of free available ressources (pictures, sounds) I have a lot of difficulties to find GPL compliant ressources. So, I make a ENORMOUS congratulation at Openclipart team and some sites like Linuxgraphic, without their work, I can't finalize Pysycache. Coders are not designers ! Coders are not sounds makers ! On the web, if I have some troubles for coding, I find the solution. But if I don't know drawing a cow, a dog or a castel or made "beep", "blurp"... I have no solution !
- the project promotion: even I think I have some luck with Pysycache (that was quickly adopted by users) I think that the promotion of free softwares is not
adapted with the users way of life : freshmeat, sourceforge are good sites for make promotion for developpers or packagers, but not for final users. I think that
free softwares promotions must use the same methods that commercial sites with a detailled description of software, note, comments of users, screenshots...
... and what are the good moments ?
Of course, there are some goods moments !
- at the first release, the number of downloads... You think that persons have been convinced by yours screenshots
- the users comments or testimonials : I say me "Oh, time spended to make Pysycache was usefull time"
- the comments of my children of course!
Today, the 3.0 release is available... What is the future for Pysycache ?
Pysycache have only one target : teach to use the mouse. And only this target.
I think that Pysycache evolution is
- new translations and menus speaking
- new themes (I have somes ideas ;-)
- integration in more Linux distributions