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
Read mail; boggled at Louis' latest nonsense in the media.
Apparently now he is smearing uncertainty about LibreOffice around
the place, as well as his normal staple of knocking Novell. To review
the stream of incisive insight recently first we get:
"Novell .... [is] little more, as far as I can tell, than a
proxy for MSFT" - apparently a comforting fiction to cling to
until, unfortunately, a couple of weeks later, as the Mono team news
breaks, it suddenly doesn't look like the hidden hand
of Microsoft lies behind every move we make. Time for a new
"Should Novell effectively withdraw -- which I expect -- then what
will happen" - yet we're all still here hacking to make
LibreOffice better (is that the meaning of 'paralleling' ?). Then -
yesterday we have an interview
with Brian Proffitt who manages (somehow) to condense his fuzzy
logic into a readable narrative.
But first - Who is Louis ? - for those that may never have heard
of him, it seems only fair to start with his own words:
Louis Suarez-Potts is the longtime Community Manager and
Chair of the Community Council for OpenOffice.org; he has led the
OpenOffice.org community since 2000 and currently works for Oracle.
The lead and co-lead of several projects and the primary spokesperson
and representative of OpenOffice.org ...
While it is very unclear who really made many of the decisions
that left such substantial room for improvement in the OO.o
project, Louis had some leadership role. The gerrymandered, ineffective
governance that entrenched layers of control for a single vendor, was
created on his watch. The staggeringly bad infrastructure developers
suffered for many years was provided by his original employer (before
Sun), and the culture of secret deal making, instead of an open
level-playing field, that starved the project of openness, and
independence was continued under his watch at Sun.
So perhaps it is useful to take the issues that are raised
one by one and beat them about a bit. I've done that in a split out
article here. In summary - I hope I don't have to deal with much more of
this twaddle over the next months and years - and can get on with
building some better software, and fixing bugs for 3.4.
Clarity, call with Kendy & co. status report. Dinner.
Rene & the Pregnancy Crisis Centre counsellors over for
supervision; disappeared up-stairs to hack. Worked late on mail
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)