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 earlyish, packed people off to school. Poked at yast2-gtk,
fixed up the regression tests, created a new version with more nice
fixes from Ricardo. Recalled I need to commit to the osc branch I
Noticed some of the on-line interest in my article last Friday;
excerpt of my conclusion is perhaps more stark when dis-connected
from my definition of an 'active developer' (and the several caveats
around that); obviously the real number of active developers
(in either the Linux kernel or OO.o) is unlikely to actually dip
around release time, yet it's clearly an interesting metric.
apparently think I'm a hijacker (clearly an under-emotive & balanced
view; After all, I have a beard; what more proof should be necessary !).
Admittedly I would love to see some sensible changes in control &
direction for OO.o, but I happen to think these would be good for Sun as
well as OO.o. As for the rampant factual inaccuracies the most amusing
is the apparent lack of understanding that Sun's OO.o
3.0 ships with built in MS/OOX import too, oh and that Sun have a
patent cease-fire in-place with Microsoft.
Of course, it's right to be frustrated that OO.o is not getting
enough developers - join the club. This
guy clearly has the right attitude, apparently I should get actively
involved in OO.o (the sad truth being that I have less time than ever
before on it currently - with lots of other Desktoppy things to look at).
In general though, that's excellent advice, please do mail me if you are
a developer and want to get actively involved, we can help out.
Poked at espeak vs. festival, some Evolution bits - seemingly performance
is substantially improving wrt. the sqlite re-work. Lunch, Clarity, FATE,
hopefully, eventually back to prodding gdm.
Interested that Roy published Simon's (apparently private) E-mail:
quick call with Simon. Fascinating to hear Simon holding forth on behalf
of the OO.o engineering community, while in the same breath accusing me
of spin; cue reality check. In other sections we start with a reasonable
summary: "he doesn't trust Sun to use the aggregated copyright
wisely." before moving on to something I happen to be sure is
a rather egregious falsehood: "Note that the aggregated copyright has
been used twice in the last 4 years, once to drop SISSL as a dual
license (an act that got IBM to start contributing) and once to adopt
LGPLv3 instead of LGPLv2.". If this is so, and the ownership rights
are just used to simplify really occasional re-licensing between
free-software licenses (and they're not needed to drop a second license),
it should be trivial to proscribe that use in the SCA, and I
(for one) would be thrilled; sadly it is not so. Much more spin than
substance there, but I'll go easy on Simon since apparently it was
not for publication & thus not dissection proof, or apparently
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)