This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
SUSE 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, mail chew, bug review, wrote status report. Built some
stats, ran some profiles; more mail chew. Sync. with Tor. Misc. planning.
Steve Maddox over in the evening to try to install Linux on his
brand new laptop: "anything but Windows 8 - it's so awful", as
a happy (Nokia) Windows Phone 8(?) user (wow they do exist), that's
quite an attitude. Attempted to install Linux - discovered holding down
'Esc' is the new fashion for BIOS triggers, disabled UEFI secure mode,
managed to boot Linux from USB DVD (with KMS disabled), first major
problem: the partition table. The pre-install uses GPT, and all four of
the bootable base partitions are occupied by tiny partitions of dubious
utility: a UEFI one, a WINREC one, another tiny one, and something else.
That makes getting a boot-loader into somewhere addressible a problem.
Eventually trashed the WINREC one for /boot. After more failures installed
a MBR loader, a loader in each partition etc. Still no joy - almost whatever
you do it boots windows. Owing to the KMS issue - unhappy with more
aggressive action to trash Windows 8 until am sure that X / GL etc. will
be happy on the device - sad: the combination of sub-optimal out-of-the-box
graphics, UEFI and a crammed partition table defeated me. Created a
beautiful bootable USB key instead - works fine on other hardware, but
hits some immediate black-screen-on-early-boot issue with this machine
even with all UEFI security off: miraculous. Encouraged Steve to return to
the (nameless) vendor's support helpline and make their UEFI implementation
really pay from a support perspective. Pleased nevertheless to see he
already had LibreOffice installed and working nicely on his Windows 8.
My content in this blog and associated images / data under
data/ directories are (usually)
created by me and (unless obviously labelled otherwise) are licensed under
the public domain, and/or if that doesn't float your boat a CC0
license. I encourage linking back (of course) to help people decide for
themselves, in context, in the battle for ideas, and I love fixes /
improvements / corrections by private 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 SUSE, Novell, The
Document Foundation, Spaghetti Hurlers (International), or anyone else.
It's also important to realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences
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