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
Sadly left the family - it's too tragic really; M.'s
inimitable "I want come with you, stay at home !" rendeth
the heart strings, despite it's abiguous solution.
Coach to Stanstead, Ryan-Air - the neon-yellow airline
to somewhere that is not Rome: nice; read The Economist - caught
up with the blog backlog. Tried to navigate the kernel's ATA
power management code.
Enjoyed a great sermon on Church Fathers - D: Dante,
from Daniel Harrel - fasincating - must read the Divine Comedy.
Boggled at the latest copyright-assignment idiocy (which
it seems is sadly becoming fashionable again) - this time from
Canonical: want to alienate and shrink your developer community -
while persuing an elusive and unrealistic goal ? - try
adding copyright assignment. Jonathan makes some
excellent general points in his LWN
Agreements like Sun's ... are common when dealing with
corporate-owned projects; they clearly prioritize control and the
ability to take things proprietary over the creation of an independent
development community. ... When developers contribute code to a project,
they tend to get intangible rewards in return. So asking them to hand
over ownership of the code as well might seem to be pushing things a
little too far .... allowing a competitor to take code proprietary
may well be beyond those limits .... Companies which demand such rights
may find that their community projects are not as successful as
they would like.
What is particularly strange is that many seem to demand
copyright assignment, with the most tenuous of rationals, and for
code they have no realistic chance of re-licensing for money anyway.
Asking for assignment to an independant foundation is a tall enough,
order, nevermind a for-profit company. Presumably a better solution is
to pick a license that fits your preferred business model, and compete
with other entrants by being better.
Landed; rather grotty, but cheap bus - with high volume
Italian football commentary to Rome - waited for Thorsten while
trying to unwind the Italian train system. It would be great if
the ticket machines (like some German ones I've enjoyed) would
print you timetables (or even just show the connection details).
Waited for Thorsten, then the ante-penultimate train to
Orte, then a taxi to avoid an indefinite wait in the freezing
cold. Out for a late dinner with Thorsten & Fridrich.
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)