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GNOME Developer Training at GUADEC

Safe as Milk - Wed, 19/05/2010 - 10:31pm
I’m delighted to announce the availability of GNOME Developer Training at GUADEC this year. It’s been brewing for a while, but you can now register for the training sessions on the GUADEC website. Fernando Herrera, Claudio Saavera, Alberto Garcia and myself will be running the two-day course, covering the basics of a Linux development environment and [...]

Jet-lag tips and tricks

Safe as Milk - Tue, 04/05/2010 - 1:41pm
During my recent adventures in Saf Francisco, I told a number of people about my jet-lag “cure”, and they found it sufficiently interesting I thought I would share. On trans-atlantic flights, you typically take off late morning and arrive early afternoon  when travelling East to West, or you take off in the afternoon & land in [...]

Comparing Maemo & Ubuntu

Safe as Milk - Mon, 03/05/2010 - 5:49pm
While I’ve occasionally been critical of Ubuntu as a project, it is a distribution with very open processes, for the most part. I’d like to compare the experience of a casual Ubuntu user, an engaged Ubuntu user, an Ubuntu developer, and an upstream application developer to the equivalent MeeGo or Maemo experiences. The casual Ubuntu user gets [...]

Getting the hobbyist back

Safe as Milk - Thu, 29/04/2010 - 10:18pm
When I first installed a Linux distribution in 1996 or 97, it was a horrible experience. My friend who had started a few months before me thought it was great, though – I remember, it was Red Hat 5, the first version that had an ncurses installer that helped you through the process. I was confronted [...]

Interesting GNOME Census problems

Safe as Milk - Wed, 24/03/2010 - 9:19am
We’ve been running into some interesting issues with the GNOME census, which are causing us to twist our tiny brains to get useful results. I thought it might be interesting to share some of them. – a large number of people commit with their address (or, but have also committed with a different [...]

Maemo Community Council voting open

Safe as Milk - Tue, 23/03/2010 - 5:44pm
The voting tokens have just been sent out for the Q1 2010 Maemo Community Council elections. I already have over 100 bounced emails, so if you think that you should have a vote and you have not received an email with a voting token yet, please send me an email or leave a comment, I will [...]

The GNOME Census project

Safe as Milk - Wed, 17/03/2010 - 4:34pm
I’ve been working on a project for the past few weeks, and it’s time to take the wraps off. For as long as I’ve been involved in GNOME, we have been asked the same questions over and over again: How many GNOME developers are there? Which companies invest in GNOME, and how much? Where can I [...]

GUADEC Call for participation deadline – arriving fast!

Safe as Milk - Mon, 15/03/2010 - 3:08pm
I just realised this morning that after a very long call for participation period, we’re now in the last week before the call for participation deadline for GUADEC – you should have proposals in by 23:59 UTC on March 20th to be eligible for selection (although a little birdie tells me that might get extended [...]


Safe as Milk - Fri, 05/03/2010 - 2:07pm
In honour of the recent discussions on foundation-list, I would like to resend everyone to this piece by Dan Spalding, which I’ve mentioned previously. It had a huge influence on me, and hopefully will on others too. As a teaser, here’s an extract of the target audience: Consensus decision making is a model of the society we [...]

Line-up pour Ignite Lyon finalisé

Safe as Milk - Fri, 26/02/2010 - 8:14pm
Je viens de finaliser aujourd’hui les présentateurs pour l’inauguration de Ignite Lyon. Les sujets sont assez diverses, du vache à lait à l’informatique bio en passant par la course à pied et l’art libre. Pour ceux qui sont plus du tendance entrepreneur, nous avons également des présentations sur la démarche commerciale ou créer sa première [...]

Putting Oracle a11y news in perspective

Safe as Milk - Tue, 09/02/2010 - 3:01pm
Oracle laying off GNOME contributors is certainly bad news for the project. It’s particularly bad news because Willie Walker, one of my favourite GNOME contributors, is now out of a job. I just want to put this in perspective, though. In 2007, IBM made deep cuts in its support of GNOME accessibility, affecting contributors such as [...]

Ignite Lyon: A new adventure

Safe as Milk - Thu, 04/02/2010 - 5:04pm
I’m a big fan of short-form presentations, and I like to give one whenever I get a chance. I also like to encourage others to do them for other conferences I’ve organised or run, like  GUADEC, the Maemo Summit or Fostel (site seems to be down now – shame). I’ve been an admirer from afar of [...]

Learning how to fund-raise from other non-profits

Safe as Milk - Wed, 03/02/2010 - 7:54pm
More and more we’re seeing organisations outside the free software world  try to learn the lessons of our success, and integrate “open source” practices into their organisation. Whether it’s companies adopting transparency and other cluetrain or pinko marketing strategies, proprietary software development companies integrating standard free software practices, or one of the other areas where “crowdsourcing” [...]

Christmas wish: Distro hardware buyer’s guide

Safe as Milk - Wed, 30/12/2009 - 11:01am
As a long time free software user, every time I buy hardware I have the same decision paralysis. Will the graphics card be fully supported? Are the drivers stable? Will the on-board wifi, sound card, and the built-in webcam Just Work? Will they work if I spend hours hunting down drivers and installing kernel modules [...]

2009 blog links collection

Safe as Milk - Thu, 24/12/2009 - 2:57pm
Looking back on 2009, I wrote quite a bit on here which I would like to keep and reference for the future. This is a collection of my blog entries which gave, in my opinion, the most food for thought this year. Free software business practice Pure software is not the only way to go Free Software consulting: [...]

Side-effects of copyright assignment

Safe as Milk - Wed, 23/12/2009 - 3:11pm
Michael Meeks wrote a great piece on the consequences of copyright assignment on free software projects yesterday. He has a lot of experience in the area, and has gone from fervent advocate to something of an outspoken opponent of copyright assignment through his involvement in the project in recent years. One of the things that [...]

Save Sun jobs, let Oracle finalise acquisition

Safe as Milk - Mon, 14/12/2009 - 3:33pm
I’ve stayed quiet on this, but listened on the sidelines, for a while now. But the blogs I read today from Monty and Mneptok lead me to reply. I was a long-time Sun shareholder (don’t laugh) but sold my shares as soon as the Oracle acquisition was announced. I was pretty ambivalent about the deal at [...]

Ubuntu Jaunty and external displays

Safe as Milk - Tue, 24/11/2009 - 4:58pm
It was with some trepidation that I plugged in an external monitor into my laptop today to test how Jaunty handles external displays. In my last three upgrades the behaviour has changed and l’ve ended up on more than one occasion in front of a group telling them I’d get started in just a minute… But [...]

Running advice

Safe as Milk - Mon, 23/11/2009 - 9:56am
Coincidentally, I was running a 10km race this weekend in Vénissieux, and Chris Blizzard replied to an email about running I sent him months ago. At the time, I gave him a few tips on getting started in running without getting injured, and reading back, I think they are worth sharing. Advice from a recent beginner When [...]

The trough of disillusionment for Ubuntu?

Safe as Milk - Thu, 05/11/2009 - 1:52pm
Reading this blog entry on Linux Magazine, the thought occurred to me that Ubuntu is making its way nicely along the path that new projects have travelled for many years. It is around the same place that Red Hat used to be around the time of Red Hat 7. The Hype Cycle describes the way that [...]

Code:Free – a reminder that our software is for doing stuff

Safe as Milk - Thu, 15/10/2009 - 12:02pm
I recently came across Code:Free, a webzine (made with Scribus) which showcases some great examples of art created with free software tools, and tutorials on how to achieve some nice effects – it’s kind of a compilation of the best of Deviantart made with Free tools. After seeing Ton Roosendaal keynote the Maemo Summit last [...]

Giving Great Presentations – speaker notes

Safe as Milk - Sat, 10/10/2009 - 4:18pm
Earlier today I gave a lightning talk on giving great presentations at the Maemo Summit. The response has been great, and here are the notes I wrote for the presentation, so that people can refer back tol the advice when the time comes. Giving Great Presentations It was said that when Cicero finished speaking, people turned to [...]

Garmin Forerunner 405 ANT+ protocol

Safe as Milk - Tue, 06/10/2009 - 4:29pm
Anyone anywhere know anyone working for Garmin who might be able to put me in touch with someone who can tell me what the ANT+ communication protocol is, so that I can give it to the good people developing gant, so that they can fix their driver to not crash in the middle of a [...]

Estimating merge costs

Safe as Milk - Mon, 28/09/2009 - 4:52pm
After commenting on Mal Minhas’s “cost of non-participation” paper (PDF), I’ve been thinking about the cost of performing a merge back to a baseline, and I think I have something to work with. First, this might be obvious, but worth stating: Merging a branch which has changed and a branch which has not changed is trivial, [...]

The value of engagement

Safe as Milk - Thu, 17/09/2009 - 2:37pm
(Reposted from Neary Consulting) Mal Minhas of the LiMo Foundation announced and presented a white paper at OSiM World called “Mobile Open Source Economic Analysis” (PDF link). Mal argues that by forking off a version of a free software component to adjust it to your needs, run intensive QA, and ship it in a device (a [...]


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