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
- Aaron showering at 6.30am, amused, went back to sleep.
Aaron out - nice quiet time space.
- Breakfast, and off to the booth. Lost my exhibitor
badge, amazingly the Security guard let me get on the floor with
a speaker badge without being anal.
- Wandered around talking to random people - great fun,
showing off evolution mostly. De-camped to prepare our panel and
missed lunch - large discussion with Ian Murdock about the evils
of 'Open Source' vs. 'Free Software', I don't think we made much
of a dent in each other, but he is far more clued up than me.
- Got back - more frantic monkey mint dispensing -
giving away of CDs, answering wierd questions. Met Ron Guerin
from NYLUG ( a helpful gb person ) - nice.
- Off to a panel on 'righteous hacks - the future /
trends in Free software' - I forget the title. Honoured to sit
on a panel with such distinguisued luminaries:
- Tim Wiltham from OSDL - lots of wise words from
his time in Intel and the evolution of corporate
attitudes to both hardware and software and the
shifting of the power and responsiveness balance.
- Dereck Neighbours from GNU Enterprise -
interesting, not having heard of the project on
project management and various bits.
- Leslie Proctor - the inimitable - Greenhouse,
and Gnome foundation.
- Tim Ney - Moderating - refused to talk about
himself, despite me probing unscriptedly during the
- Me - doh.
- Ian Murdock - of Debian founding fame, skill and
cunning. Now working for his firm Progeny doing some
very cool stuff with distributed, mirrored, network
- Made random predictions about the future - the future's
bright - the future's Gnome.
- Miguel arrived, straight from Davos in Switzerland -
he is on the committee for helping developing companies with IT,
telecoms etc. apparently "Working for a better world" or some
such trite aphorism. Either way, he was abnormaly happy about his
dinner with the princess of Sweden ( who apparently doesn't use
- Told him I didn't like him anymore for flaming me
publicly - proceeded to wander off to see Matt Wilson.
- We split up and off to the hotel and onto dinner.
After we had finished Miguel, Ettore and Arturo turned up -
amazing in a city of 14 million both groups hit the same restaurant.
[ In fact the restaurant we walked miles too last year with Jody -
also Ben Kahn's favoured restaurant ] - the Devil's Kitchen.
- A long, long talk with Miguel on all manner of issues
of strategy, direction, technical issues, development, bonobo, lots
of funkyness. Walked to the hotel.
- Amazed Miguel who wanted to meet Julia - amazed that
we would not be sleeping in the same room - knowing me prolly
not a good idea in the same house.
- Extremely pretty bar maid - Ettore concurred, not just
me being mad - time to do some emergency evaluation hacking, had
a drink or two too.
- Struggled with libxml2 without any vestige of success
for 2 hours - vicious binary / header conflicts / incompatibilities.
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)