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
- Up early 9.00am, off to breakfast, plentiful and lovely food.
Sat next to an interesting lady 'Kirsten' working deep within the
semiconductor industry, fascinating anecdotes of the relationships between
heads of industry.
- Suse's Dirk (CTO) talk, quick notes on stats; > 80% of world's
E-mail delivered by Open Source [ sendmail, exim etc. ], > 90% of DNS servers
use bind, > 60% web servers use apache. Suse very committed to non-english
languages, in a big way. Suse Korea announced + korean language port of
Helix Gnome shown.
- Hilaire's Dr Geo, Gnome Genius, Dr Genius talk. Very
interesting, nice presentation of interactive geometry, and its user
interface. Easy to use for young students, locii of points under
constraints, lots of nice features, in real use in Hilaire's School,
and also in Mexico. Genius = Geometry Exploration and Numeric Intuitive
User System. Almost totaly re-written code, added canvas support and
function grapher, the Genius Extension Language, & math library written
in GEL, XML IO, LaTeX export filter. Re-write for maintainability,
extensibility and readability. The readable GEL language syntax, the
canvas engine written by a 15 year old, very pretty indeed. IO of
geometric figures, macro construction, canvas views and GEL buffers
so teacher can prepare the session in 1 place. Future roadmap;
make the console a more central tool, script everything. Re-writing
the arithmetic core for speed and adding Gnome Print support. Further
ahead we want bonobo embedding services and CORBA interfaces to
allow other teaching software to interact with it.
- Lunch with Tigert and Miia, and then on to Cliff Miller
and his misleading TurboLinux growth statistics, lots of clustering
stuff. Slide titled 'ISV applications on Turbolinux' blurb says
'some of the companies were are working with' obvious deductive step
is that all these companies work with TurboLinux; mostly it seems to
just be a list of ISVs producing software that happens to work under
- RMS spoke well as usual, interesting throwaway about
inaliable rights, I hadn't realized that they were codified in
American law. Beautifuly pointed out the obvious vacuum of ethics
inside the Open Source movement. RMS was suitable honoured by the
Korean's which was nice.
- Another stand up event, much wandering around talking to
random people, strange oriental food, and a great Jazz band.
- Wandered outside, saw buddhist temple, retired to the
Sky lounge at the top of the building. Eat 7 types of ice cream from
a block of ice; wonderful. Watched the mad Korean rush hour at 9.00pm
[ these guys have an amazing work ethic ].
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 (email@example.com)