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
Back to the fight; MBR tweak testing, Moblin team meeting,
Legal training session.
Amused, and saddened to see Miguel slammed all over the
place, yet again.
One of the things I like most about Miguel, is his
courage in taking on the ill-informed, and his relative
impermeability to crazies. Having been deeply involved with the
OpenXML / ODF saga, I'm highly convinced that Miguel has a fairly
correct perspective - de-coupled from the immediate noise, smoke
and mirrors - and he has the benefit, as does Jody, of actually
knowing something first-hand about the topic, having worked in
the field for some years. He also defends a key principle: of fearlessly
voicing his technical conviction amidst an argument demeaned by naked,
pseudo-technical, second-hand politics and heat. I find it frankly
laughable that the pundits pretend to know more about spreadsheets and
their file formats than say Jody & Miguel. Seemingly they only know
what they want to be the case.
I also tend to think that engaging with Microsoft and cautiously
encouraging them to step closer to the light is better than sticking with
the familiar, stark & lazy "goodies and baddies" games that
children so enjoy. Of course, do so with caution, but to use an analogy -
I suspect trying to cure a bully by endless beatings, regardless of what
they do, is unlikely to be constructive.
I also loathe software patents, but that doesn't stop me filing
for them - for defensive reasons, and it doesn't mean I go flaming eg.
Fluendo for providing legally sound,
patent licensed versions of (open source) codecs; indeed I'm glad to be
able to simultaneously respect the law, while trying to change it, and
listen to my music.
I tend to think that if you believe Sun's statistics on
how much of 'their' code is in a GNU/Linux system (and yes, personally
I still tend to call it GNU/Linux, for some strange reason), it could
be called a Sun/GNU/Linux system - or perhaps a
or whatever. That the "GNU/" initiative failed to inspire is hardly
surprising. My joke at the time was that the FSF should change it's
name to the GNU Slash Linux Foundation to reflect it's new core
goal. It's not that, as a community, we didn't break our jaws trying
to educate people on the Hackers vs. Crackers distinction - so as to
have some idea that this was a loosing battle; it is a shame that wiser
counsel on messaging did not prevail here.
Either way - it is difficult to think of people who by their
productivity, example and sheer charisma have winsomely persuaded so
many people to contribute so much to Free software; and have still
stayed in touch with the keyboard, actively writing code. If
Miguel is a traitor - I guess I aspire to being one too.
Made grub able to chainload an ext3 partition tagged as a
recovery partition; why not ?
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)