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, to work, read mail for a bit before remembering
I have to work all night, and taking the morning off instead. Off
to Ridgeons to try to find a biscuit jointing router cutter - a
suitable slot on the shelf - but nothing in it; bother. Bought
some angled iron (sold as 'fence posts') to practise the welding
with; overcame the 2 and 3 inch screw famine of late; etc.
Home. Discovered the carpenters had only inserted
insulation in visible places, carefully leaving several (now
inaccessible) places un-insulated - pondered what to do before
covering it all with hardboard.
Lunch, back to work - Jared's staff, chat with Zonker.
Called into the Sun / Oracle call - enjoyed the boppy
music, and video sales pitches. Lots of interest in there.
The OO.o slide (in Edward's) talk had this content - with
apologies for the lack of prettiness:
OpenStandards Based Office Productivty Suite
Managed as an independent Global Business Unit
- Retaining Sun development and support teams
Continue to develop, promote and support OpenOffice
- Including the OpenOffice.org community edition
Deliver Oracle Cloud Office
- Web based productivity suite - integrates desktop, web
and mobile user interaction
Focus on enterprise customers
- eg. Integrations with BI and Content Management
Enhance the customer support experience
- Leverage the Oracle Customer Services infrastucture
And now the analysis: what does it mean ? and of course, this
is only somewhat educated guess-work.
On the positive side - OpenOffice is at least reporting into
- who it seems has real-life experience of managing some sane and helpful
engagements with open-source projects. Encouragingly, he also appears
to have a strong technical background - all to the best.
"Oracle Cloud Office" - oh dear. First unpacking
the name - this doesn't sound like an open-source project. Since it seems
unlikely that this independent BU will grow staff-wise - this probably
confirms or extends the re-deployment of Sun developers away from OO.o
onto this pipe-dream [sic]. The technology is what bites here:
- If this is the same JavaFX idea as
before, then the licensing and community issues
still need solving.
near impossible - beside the same problem of re-writing (as
for JavaFX), but into a lamer language. I'm not convinced
that HTML5 provides enough to do this adequately either.
This project is presumably the rational for the reduced
commit rate from Sun developers, as documented before.
Why 'Cloud' ? what a name: loaded with meaninglessness and
ambiguity. Clearly adding rich co-editing / collaboration
features to OO.o makes lots of sense; squeezing it for a
phone form-factor like-wise (though the phone factors seem
to be bulging their muscles these days to help) - but some
whole-sale re-writing binge ? or is the 'Cloud' meaningless ?
BI and CMS integration sounds great, and of course complimentary
for Oracle, but is potentially prone to removing developers fighting
the tide of bugs, and interoperability problems.
Managed as an independent BU - sounds interesting;
presumably that makes P&L: margin and profitability extremely
transparent - I'm not optimistic that that will be good long term
for that group. It may also spawn new attempts to shake-down partners
and OO.o developers for cash with negative results.
Finally, on the positive side - I was asked to be optimistic
about Oracle's stewardship. It is really too early to say how this will
all pan out; my guesses are my own - and - most likely highly inaccurate.
- Other random thoughts on the Oracle presentation.
- OpenSolaris - the Open seems to have disappeared, I couldn't
find it in the list of OSS projects. Solaris (to me) always made
more sense as a proprietary operating system, perhaps it will go
that way - certainly the repeated emphasis seemed to be on Solaris
for high end Unix, with Linux for the rest. I suspect this
would tend to mean (in practise) sad things for the great desktop
hackers at Sun - except that SunRay was featured severally.
- Nauseation - questions to Larry should not begin 'you are
my hero', or 'why don't you run for president'.
- "Lifetime support" - that's quite a commitment - to promise to
support all your software, forever. Clearly, the cost has to
get ratched up fairly aggressively if you don't use a reasonably
recent service pack, or patch set; interesting marketing though.
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)