04 Jun 2002

GNOME

So, Nat tells me I should go to the Boston Summit. I didn’t think I’d be of any use, so hadn’t even thought of planning the trip. A few hours later and I’m waiting keenly on my travel agent’s response, and drooling over the thought of catching a train across the United States.

This will be a fitting, Northern Hemisphere equivalent to my long-time dream of driving across Australia. I’ll get to do that in January, for linux.conf.au!

Life

Life is work. Very busy doing stuff for – and trying to ignore everything else until – Friday, final presentation day for a very cool project. Shitloads of work though. I’ll be able to use a lot of it beyond the current project anyway, so it’s not too bad. Colleagues are getting antsy.

Unfortunately, my arthritis is back and fucking annoying. Terrible timing. Turns out that the lead singer of Silverchair has a very similar ailment, but is having what I fear the most – a proper, disabling, painful attack. I haven’t had one in a few years, luckily getting away with just the usual seasonal pain and tightness. I didn’t get on the news for my arthritis! 😀 Again, colleagues are getting
antsy.

Sawfish and Metacity

cactus: Dude, I wouldn’t have thought you’d be into the conspiracy theories. 🙂

The change was mostly due to the fact that Metacity has an interested, involved maintainer, whilst Sawfish pretty much doesn’t. John is not hugely involved in GNOME right now, and I’m sure the idea of maintaining GNOME’s preferred window manager is kind of daunting for him anyway.

The other reason was its size, complexity, and distance from GNOME. Sawfish is big and complicated in terms of code, functionality, options, and documentation + support requirements. Sawfish is written in rep (LISP or not, it’s a one-man derivative when, if anything, GNOME should lean towards GNU technologies), and doesn’t take full advantage of GTK+/GNOME technologies.

I spent quite a bit of time before, during and after GUADEC talking to people about this shift. If you want a conspiracy theory about it, blame me! 😉 Still, when Sun announced they’d do it, I was quite surprised; I didn’t realise it was still being discussed there. For that, you can probably blame gman.

I think it’s a great decision.

OPN and lilo

lilo: I don’t get it. Coming from the perspective of running a Free Software related IRC node, and being a volunteer, highly active contributor (non-code) to a Free Software project, I don’t understand why you’d be out there asking people for money. Perhaps you should get off IRC (the community will quite capably maintain the network) and get a job?

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