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 poor night of sleep; a recipie for an unhappy husband.
Did a few SLES installs to stay happy.
Boggled at Monty.
Yes - of course it is a lamers business model to have a
restrictive license, coupled with copyright assignment, and dominance
by a single company. Yes, of course it leads to strangulation of the
community, and perpetuated dominance of a single player.
That this realisation appears to only have occured to Monty
now he is trying to make a company fly on the other side of the very
wall he himself built, smells pretty suspicious to me. Though it
is instructive, in terms of community development: seeding lots of
small consultancies around a project might get you some good advice
That Monty is, apparently, trying to twist things out of
Oracle, that Sun bought from him, for some vastly inflated price, by
political pressure seems somewhat nauseating - particularly because the
arguments are basically obviously self-serving, and fairly bogus
(IMHO)MySQL is technically in a different league to Oracle.
Then, finally - you have to wonder: how valuable is MySQL
anyway; Ohloh (notoriously
unreliable recently, cf. Qt) - says, re-writing it is a $17m problem.
Re-writing it on top of PostgreSQL would perhaps be simpler: and of
course PostgreSQL always had
the level-playing-field licensing model that Monty seems to be a late
Failing that, I have no idea why people are not more actively
asking Sun for the source code to the LGPLv3 version of
libmysql.so.16 that they are distributing in binary form here.
Read the Apple complaints vs. Nokia that Miguel posted; there was
some highly apposite statement, from some tech luminary, about the (lack of) future
of tech companies that initiate patent litigation (cf. Sun/Netapp); but who said
it ?. Then again, Apple seems to be a litigious nightmare of a company too - and
they don't seem to have folded yet. If Nokia are actually aware that they are late
to market with smart-phones: why? are they squandering the success of
the (extremely cool) N900 by obsoleting it before release ? from a business
perspective - that simply blows the mind.
Really pleased by RedHat's
release of the SPICE code - an excellent
move; and a much needed feature. It says something about the quality of today's
journalism, that finding a link to the authoritative source of many articles is
far, far too hard.
Robert visited in the evening; lovely to see him and
catch up with all that's happening there; unfortunate early
sleeping required due to aforementioned nightime baby plague.
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)