Editor's Pick | Vol. 1 | Issue. 10

The Unending Carbon Cycle

Cycle of life
27 March 2023

Sometime during the mid-90s, I remember attending a media camp organized for journalism aspirants. A speaker, whom I don’t recall, talked to us about writing newspaper columns. One piece of advice still lingers is that the note should always begin with a pleasant tone and end with a satisfying élan. But what will one do when the heart is heavy, and the news is unpleasant? 

“In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.”

—wrote Bertolt Brecht. 

I don’t want to paint the times dark. I do not think any particular time is darker than the darkest. But unforeseen things happen all the time, and some of them might be unsettling to us. 

For the team-TDT, Jayesh’s demise was such a moment. We lost a brother. I take this moment to offer condolences to his grieving family. Every death gives rise to a new carbon cycle. Let the wheels of life roll. 

I need to break this grimace. So let us talk about new product announcements. Pantheon has published 2023 first-quarter updates. It includes front-end sites update, support for PHP 8.2 and Drupal 10, and performance improvement in the site listing page. They have also announced EOL for their built-in LocalDev feature. 

Hinto group is conducting a webinar on April 4 to popularise a new module incorporating OpenAI functionality with CKEditor5, providing users with a powerful and user-friendly editing experience. It would make content editing more fun and more powerful. 

In April, many major camps are happening. We had earlier updated about us being an In-Kind sponsor for MidCamp. Apart from that, both Drupal South and DrupalCamp Poland have added us as their media partners. 

DrupalCamp Colorado, scheduled for August, has called for speakers. The 8th edition of Backdrop Live happened the last weekend, and the subsequent unconference-style Backdrop Live conversations in 3-hour blocks of interactions are tentatively scheduled for the 48-hour course on September 22 and 23, enabling anyone at any timezone to attend at least one of the sessions. 

You could register for the Open-Source North conference in Minnesota at a 20% reduced price until April 7. Early bird pricing for DrupalCon North America, happening in Pittsburgh on June 5 to 8, 2023, will end at 23:59 UTC on April 2, 2023. From April 3, you may have to purchase regular tickets. DrupalCon Europe, happening in Lille, France, from October 17 to 20, 2023, has launched sponsorship sales. Drupal Developer Days 2023, happening in Vienna, Austria, from July 19 to 22, 2023, has started an early bird ticket sale at €60 but will be available only for the first 100 registrants. The regular price is €132. 

A11yTalks announced their next meetup on April 12 at 6:00 pm EDT. Hidde de Vries would discuss “Shifting Left: How CMS Accessibility Can Help.” On March 22, Black Girls Code and VMWare came together to host their monthly speaking series with the topic, “See It, Be It – A Black Unicorn’s Journey.” The Brisbane Meetup to learn, share and explore WordPress and Drupal together will happen on April 7. Pune Drupal Meetup will occur on April 14. 

We had published the news about ICFOSS partnering with Zyxware to impart Drupal training for women who needs to rejoin their careers after a break. Von Eaton, director of programs at Drupal Association, had addressed the students. The training ended on March 19. Zyxware has released Von’s presentation at the event as a YouTube video. 

Evolving Web is celebrating Women’s History Month in March. Droptica will publish the first live stream of Droptica Webinars on Thursday, April 13, at 3:00 pm CEST. On blogs, Opensource.com has published an article busting the myths surrounding Open-Source CMS.

There end the week’s updates. Thank you. 

Sebin A. Jacob