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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Mail chew, sales & marketing call, estate agent
photography over lunch; back to work.
Mail, Collabora Productivity all-hands call at length, what a
team! more mail & calls.
Got Quest USB3 video connection working: apparently the
software loosened up: nice, great response, and Windlands 2.
Frantic house cleaning.
Mail, interview, monthly mgmt meeting, mail.
Pleased to see TDF advertise to hire a skilled C++
to work on improving LibreOffice, if you're that person - please
apply! also please don't tell me - I'm recusing myself from the
process as we also hire such people at Collabora quite regularly.
Mail chew, planning calls, lots of mail. Minuted
All Saints PCC Zoom meeting in the evening.
Morning home-service, Pizza, relaxed variously; out
for a lovely walk at Nouton Park with the family to alleviate
the cabin fever a little.
Packed more of the house into boxes; managed to mow
the verge at the other house - several inches of grass down
to just a few; a whole bin-full.
Mail chew; sales call, staff call, TDF board call,
lots of discussion, customer & partner call, pleasant
catch-up with Lionel in the evening.
Interested to read
Register's take on our latest ecosystem discussions.
A number of issues in there, particularly that those who donate
to TDF do a good thing, and its something an individual can
effectively do. Its also something that enterprises never do, they
should either contribute themselves, or get support from those who
contribute. Anyhow, the full discussion will take a long time, but
good to see the engagement and smorgasboard of ideas on board-discuss.
The great news is that things should be easy to improve.
Mail chew, code reading & a bit of bug investigation:
fun. Sync with Mert, Advisory Board call.
Discovered putative sewer was a soakaway - not good;
then far underneath it the real thing, good.
Read a lot more free business advice on various
lists of widely varying quality.
Really pleased to see the discussion around a great
feature for learning about how LibreOffice works, and inspecting
the DOM (in the way we expect from browsers) - finally published
for discussion for eventual tendering. There is an interesting
history here across three TDF boards: the item was first
proposed in January 2017, and was rejected for the budget ranking in April 2017,
but by the (late) 2018 budgetting round it was back. By July 2018
the ESC had included it in its voting of top projects just in time for the
conference in Tirana in September 2018. As soon as it became clear that it
was in the running in early 2019 a draft spec. (as now published) with a
clear mapping to TDF's charitable purpose was written (by mid April 2019),
with two kind community reviewers provided. This was included in a finalised,
vote on a budget by early May 2019 which included it. My
hope is that as/when/if it is tendered, awarded, and implemented presumably
in late 2020 - we can start the next iteration, and perhaps make python
programming with a console in LibreOffice easier; or whatever is ranked
Some blissful hacking - added SIGUSR1 state dumping to Online
Kit processes and the ForKit: the more state we can dump the better
for debugging unusual conditions.
Mail chew, much of the day. Quest for a sewer started
fruitlessly in the new house with a digger.
Planning call, great to have Kendy & Miklos back.
Slept in, family service, watched with J;
relaxing - managed to get some boxes of un-used items
moved across to the new home.
Impressive bit of groundwork from Bayleaf, clearing
our house for trenching.
Got the last pull-cords in-place in various spaces with
M. before closing up starts, and photographed top two floors with
rulers in picture.
Spent much of the day reading and responding to E-mail
around LibreOffice Personal / Community etc. Great to see LWN and other
Customer call; H's party of six for marshmallow toasting
around a fire of torn down ivy & hedge trimmings in the
new house until late.
Mail chew; interested to see Open Usage announced for holding
and managing FLOSS trademarks in a light-weight way. If it can
reduce the galloping bureaucracy and the risk of in-fighting that
can come with formal governance structures, as well as avoiding the
extraordinarily overheads of formal entities, that sounds rather
positive. Just having the pleasant, collegial engineering
relationships in a project without the overhead would be great.
Then again, I guess SFC, SPI, Public Software and others already
provide nice containers for projects with varying degress of
flexibility, lets see what happens.
A morning of marketing bits; catch up with Paolo,
admin and community mail reading.
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In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my
own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Collabora, 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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