This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
Novell which is an amazing company, and also
Dell who in days of yore provided me with a
free laptop for Gnome development / conferences.
Also if you have the time to read this sort of stuff you could enlighten
yourself by going to Unraveling Wittgenstein's net or if
you are feeling objectionable perhaps here.
Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
- More stuff at the FSF desk.
- Panel on 'Competition and Co-operation' with 'Rasterman', Kurt (KDE),
some big shots ( original designers of X ), and myself ( outclassed ). We came to
the balanced conclusion that I was a philistine because I wasn't worried about
differences in the look of my widget sets between GNOME and KDE and since I didn't
lie awake at night worrying about this. Forecefully put the point that too much
interoperability is a waste of time since no proverbial Grandmother is going to
waste her time switching apps. Plugged 'gconf', and got attacked by Rasterman about
Gdk's lack of gdkx.h. He insists that everything should run on X under windows /
BeOS etc. and that our abstraction is a waste of time. I didn't really know the
answer to this ( apart from the neccessity of clean abstraction, performance etc. )
and told him to get onto Owen ( who Raster said he 'respected & really knew his stuff' ).
Amuslingly the panel waffled so much amongst itself that we only managed to have
about 5 questions in the huge time we spent talking.
- Met David Faure and chatted about KOffice, I had a go and was quite
impressed; most of the kspread buttons do things, quite plesant, and he introduced
me to Kurt before we had a talk ( so we were genned up before the anticipated
struggle of the midgets in the panel ).
- Got a copy of the tape of my talk so I could placate Nat about the
lack of Helixcode publicity in the printed LWE bumph; not my fault honest, I had
to submit all my material / bio etc. last year ( a long time ago ).
- Talked to Linus about Transmeta's processor over breakfast; extremely
interesting indeed. Dealing with long back branches, and self modifying code;
amusingly I still didn't come out of the discussion really having my question
answered, so I guess he doesn't leak as badly as some say.
- Committed my 'gb' patch to gnumeric, it should now run 'Gnome Basic'
- Committed some GB work and a fixed version of Ravi & Kevin's patches
which start to make the functional aspect of GB look quite good; I wonder how
Frank's work is coming along.
- Prolonged my stay delaying the flight until tommorow. Out to the
Slashdot party, it seems GNOME won some Desktop prize of 30,000 dollars which
has to be good. Went out for a drink & dinner with Mike Shaver, Nat, Lars,
Alex and Mathew Wilcox. Then on to the Plaza for more food and VOD; very
impressed with the room service.
In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my
own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Novell, The
Lithuanian Gov't or Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's also important to
realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences,
Michael Meeks (firstname.lastname@example.org)