“â€¦ something else that Iâ€™ve been musing about in the past week is that thereâ€™s a really interesting culture difference between the Mac OS X community and the Linux community.” — AndrÃ© on Quality and Freedom
Gossip has always had a delightful user interface. Now it has new innards in the form of Telepathy, an communications framework that provides pluggable, multiple protocol compatibility and awesome features such as Google Talk (jingle) and videophone funct
“IBM believes raising patent quality will encourage continued investment in innovation by individuals, academic institutions and companies of all sizes, while preventing the over-protection that works against the public interest.” — Not just strutting, t
“Study on the Economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in the EU.” — Long title, great report. Pointed out by Janet Hawtin.
“If we accept all the Star Wars films as the same canon, then a lot that happens in the original films has to be reinterpreted in the light of the prequels.” — Awesome analysis, concluding that most of the other characters were playing second fiddle to R
Earlier this afternoon, I waved goodbye to a very heavily packed three tonne truck carrying pretty much all of our linux.conf.au 2007 gear to UNSW, a striking image marking the end of our planning and preparation phase. Now it’s for real!
Over this weekend the Seven Team and our merry band of helpers will be bumping in and cranking over to conference mode. To those of you already here in Sydney, have a fantastic and restful weekend. If you’re still travelling or yet to leave, have a safe and comfortable journey. We’ll have everything ready for you when you get here.
See you all bright and early on Monday morning for the official conference opening.
With a bit of expert advice from The Internet’s Larry Ewing, Pia and I bought a Canon EOS 400D today. What a delightful piece of hardware! This photo of John Ferlito is the best of today’s bunch.
It’s going to take a while to get back into the swing of using a real camera, but luckily I have all of linux.conf.au during which I can experiment. Rock on!
I was looking for something zesty to personalise our 2007 business cards, and stumbled on the idea of putting hackergotchis on them. At first I thought it would suck pretty badly, but on changing the effective DPI of the image (meaning no interpolation or lossy scaling), I discovered that the average hackergotchi will be about 8mm² at 300dpi. Perfect!
Has anyone made hackergotchi-powered business cards before?
My ugly mug…
… and Pia’s beautiful wedding hackergotchi:
… and someone asked if we put anything on the back…
This year, linux.conf.au will be renamed. After lengthy debate on the Linux Australia mailing list, the Seven team has decided that the only way to make any progress on the issue without the community being crippled by consensus gridlock is to simply make a decision and move on. Ask for forgiveness, not permission, as they say.
Thus, as of the opening of the conference on January 15th, linux.conf.au will henceforth be known as linux.con f.au.
Some amusing Ubuntu history for you…
A few weeks back, Matt Zimmerman — who must be aiming for a world record in “dude, you so need a blog” demands — reminded me about a bizaare video created early last year as a test for a potential Ubuntu feature, so I thought I’d share one of the stranger historical footnotes in Ubuntu’s grand repertoire of… strange historical footnotes.
In early 2005, Mark decided that he wanted to deliver a surprise, three-minute video message in the upcoming Ubuntu 5.04 “hoary hedgehog” release, so tasked me with figuring out the details. It had to be small, so it would fit on the CD, but could be delivered in any format we could play out of the box… a great opportunity to make a statement about Free formats.
To test the entire production, we needed a few minutes of test material from a DV camera to encode into Ogg Theora/Vorbis… which resulted in the aforementioned bizaare video, starring Pia and I:
While the test was mostly successful (we still had some problems with playback reliability), I don’t think Mark ever recorded the final videogram message, so we didn’t ship it with Ubuntu 5.04 “hoary hedgehog”. If it does happen to exist, it might be amusing to publish it for the interest of Ubuntu history geeks.
The idea resurfaced in May 2006, when Mark published the mysterious “Plan M” for Canonical-internal testing. You’ll know Plan M as the video included with Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, in which Nelson Mandela describes the meaning and spirit of ubuntu, the concept that inspired the project’s very name… But I might leave that story until next time.