posted by Eugenia Loli on Tue 28th Sep 2004 08:46 UTC
IconImendio, based in Sweden, provides services in application and platform development based for Gnome/GTK+ on Linux, *BSD and UNIX based systems. Today, we interview its founder, Mikael Hallendal (also known in the Gnome developer community as the author of Gossip, Blam! and DevHelp applications) about the business of Imendio, the challenges GTK+ poses and more.

1. Please describe Imendio's consultancy services to our readers. In what way are you serving Gnome in the commercial space?

Mikael Hallendal Mikael Hallendal: Imendio provides professional GTK+/GNOME support, this ranges from changes and bug fixing on the platform to application development on top of the GNOME stack.

I do believe that we serve a very important part for GNOME in the commercial space since it gives companies a commercial partner when they want to migrate to GNOME.

2. How is the interest for Linux, BSD and Gnome development these days? Over the years of running Imendio, have you seen an increase in that interest?

Mikael Hallendal: Me and Richard Hult started Imendio little over a year ago and we have both been professionally working with GNOME since the beginning of 2001. There has definitely been an increase in commercial interest around Linux and GNOME during that time.

What I think we see here is only the beginning. Linux gets more and more commercial acceptance everyday and GNOME is a natural choice for companies working in the desktop area.

3. If you encounter Gnome/GTK+ bugs or defeciencies during work, do you actively working on fixing and submit the fixes to the Gnome project, or do you sub-contract Ximian or Red Hat to do so? How does this work exactly?

Jamboree, DrWright and Gossip Mikael Hallendal: Since working on the platform is part of our commercial offer we solve platform issues ourselves. As far as I know neither Ximian or Red Hat offers this kind of services.

In the beginning of September we hired Anders Carlsson. Anders strengthen our offer around GTK+ since he have a long experience in GTK+ hacking.

4. Imendio also develops some freely available GTK+ applications. Are there any big plans for Jamboree, Gossip or Planner, or do they serve as showcases for your clients? Do you have plans to pitch Planner for Gnome Office or add Gossip to the core Gnome desktop?

Mikael Hallendal: Our free applications serves multiple purposes, first they are a great way to serve as showcases as you mention. They are also a great way of trying out new API and staying up to date with what's happening to the platform.

We also offer commercial support on all our projects, in forms of feature enhancements and intregration into existing solutions. We have only seen any real interest for this with Planner so far, though I think that Gossip might be an interesting application for many companies in the future. I want to focus on more enterprice targeted solutions around Gossip, like adding encryption, better solutions for having meetings over Jabber etc.

Since we use all of our software ourselves, it's also for personal use.

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