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
Another day of intense, all-day merging fun; hopefully the
last one, finally getting there. Filled out Clarity etc.
Interested, and saddened to see so many good intentions
around GNOME turning out wrong, as highlighted
variously. Personally, in my view to interact with a community you have
to be working inside it, ie. you have to "be there". Existence in Free
Software communities is measured almost exclusively in concrete terms:
code, artwork, etc. but more than that - concrete things which are actually
included into the project / product. Most companies whose management is
unfamiliar with Free Software best practise screw this up royally, trying
to create proprietary advantage: "we shipped XYZ first", can easily
turn into "oh dear, we screwed this up, and no-one else is using it, and
now we're lumbered forever with maintaining something with no community
support". Novell has been no exception here in the past, and unfortunately
in large part because of the free-rider concerns. Of course contributors
that don't actually 'exist', and are not really 'there', shouldn't get
a huge say in what is going on, that is the basis of meritocracy, no
surprises there. So what is the right mix, between semi-proprietary
projects, polish and differentiation, and doing everything up-stream ?
Probably there is no truly 'right' answer, but the extremes are probably
both wrong too.
J. out in the evening to Cambridge, printed out some more pieces
here and there, and assembled my PrusaMendel frame with
some success. Tried to print out the slide bearings, but no joy - perhaps
a shell-only print would be better. Bed late.
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)