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Frustration

Safe as Milk - Thu, 10/09/2009 - 10:06am
I wonder if it was a mistake to adopt the “evaluate as they come in” method for Maemo Summit presentations. As we received proposals, for each proposal on its merits we said yes, no or maybe. If you were a yes, you were added to the schedule. A no got a nice email. A maybe [...]

Ton Roosendaal to keynote the Summit community days

Safe as Milk - Tue, 08/09/2009 - 1:15pm
I’m very pleased to share that the opening keynote for the community days during the Maemo Summit will be Ton Roosendaal of the Blender Foundation. It’s been my pleasure to know Ton, mostly from afar, for the past few years, and he is one of the most amazing people I know in the free software [...]

Maemo Community Council elections Q3 09: Nominations open

Safe as Milk - Tue, 08/09/2009 - 9:11am
The nomination period for candidatures for the Q3 2009 Maemo community council election is now open. Candidates eligible for election according to the rules of the council can be nominated by anyone in the community. If a maemo.org community member nominates someone other than themselves, the nomination must be accepted by the nominee before it is [...]

Six word novels

Safe as Milk - Tue, 04/08/2009 - 8:23am
I happened on a Wired article about the 6 word novel this morning, in a link from a newsletter I’m subscribed to. Like Haiku and other very formulaic structures, the six word novel gives the author enormous freedom while constraining them in a fish-bowl. My favourite examples: “For sale:Baby shoes. Never worn.” - Ernest Hemmingway. “Longed for him. Got [...]

GCDS round-up 6: The tail-off

Safe as Milk - Thu, 30/07/2009 - 12:41pm
The last in the series! After Mobile Day on Wednesday, I chilled out on Thursday morning, and attended the GNOME Foundation AGM where I gave a quick report on GNOME Mobile, before heading off to play in the fourth annual FreeFA world cup, with the mad dogs and Englishmen who went out in the midday Gran [...]

GCDS round-up 5: Mobile Day

Safe as Milk - Thu, 30/07/2009 - 10:46am
Nearing the end of the series on the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit. On Wednesday morning (after SMASHED), we had to get to the new location for the conference. I missed the bus window of 8am to 9am, so I took a taxi, without knowing the address of where we were going, other than knowing that it [...]

GCDS round-up 4: Days 2 - 4

Safe as Milk - Thu, 30/07/2009 - 10:00am
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were the “core” days of the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, with cross-desktop and KDE & GNOME specific presentations throughout. I caught a number of presentations, but mostly I was chatting in the hallway track, or doing work on the schedule, or actually working. For me, the story of the 3 days was [...]

Gathering Gran Canaria press and feedback

Safe as Milk - Wed, 29/07/2009 - 5:42pm
I have been bookmarking Gran Canaria Desktop Summit blogs, articles, photos and more today, and I could definitely use some help (help!). So, here’s what I have: Tag all GCDS related webpages as gcds Tag pages related to specific presentations with presentation and talk (slides or video or presentation description inline) Tag blog entries as blog Tag photo pages as [...]

The Dummies Guide to Hadopi

Safe as Milk - Tue, 28/07/2009 - 1:01pm
A French cartoonist has explained the effect of the proposed Hadopi 2 law in France: Translation: A law to protect authors Suppose you didn’t close the door to your apartment properly. Hey! It’s open! We didn’t pull it shut properly? And a neighbour came in and stole your DVD collection My God! My Harry Potter collection! And all of my [...]

Barriers to community growth

Safe as Milk - Wed, 22/07/2009 - 7:01pm
I often talk to vendors who are interested in growing their developer communities around their free software projects. When I do, my advice centers around two things, one of which I think I can help with. The first is your project vision - why would someone look at your stuff instead of anyone else’s? You are [...]

Gran Canaria wrap-up 3: Day 1

Safe as Milk - Thu, 16/07/2009 - 3:03pm
Saturday morning, dragged my sorry ass out of bed to get to the conference hall for 9am. Shared a taxi with Stormy & Behdad, got my badge, met the keynotes (except Richard, who I was told would be arriving later), briefed them on how the morning was going to go down. I had some hastily [...]

Gran Canaria wrap-up 2: Day 0

Safe as Milk - Thu, 16/07/2009 - 11:21am
Note: I actually wrote something like this already in GNOME Blog, and a combination of the Intel graphics freezes in Jaunty and GNOME Blog not creating a local copy of in-progress entries cost me the lot. Funny that Wordpress, a web-app, offers better transparent data retention across unexpected events than a local client. I have [...]

Gran Canaria wrap-up 1

Safe as Milk - Wed, 15/07/2009 - 7:04pm
First in a long series that will probably get finished next June, just in time for the next edition Of course I was aware of the reaction to RMS’s keynote during the conference, and spoke about it with Lefty on a number of occasions. I have been bothered by the creation of a “meme” which has, apparently, [...]

Last minute schedule change: Personal passions

Safe as Milk - Tue, 07/07/2009 - 12:07pm
I was talking with Aaron Bockover yesterday and he told me that he wasn’t going to give the Silverlight talk which he had submitted back in March, and that he planned to give a presentation on something completely unrelated that he found interesting. Chris Blizzard suggested that he could give a lightning talk on amateur [...]

Why I disagree with RMS concerning Mono

Safe as Milk - Thu, 02/07/2009 - 9:09am
The GNOME press contact alias got a mail last weekend from Sam Varghese asking about the possibility of new Mono applications being added to GNOME 3.0, and I answered it. I didn’t think much about it at the time, but I see now that the reason Sam was asking was because of Richard Stallman’s recent [...]

Maemo Summit - help make it great

Safe as Milk - Fri, 19/06/2009 - 4:50pm
This year, I’ve been asked to help with the content selection for the Maemo Summit, which will be held in October, in Amsterdam. We’re aiming for a very cool conference with lots of tips, tricks, hacks and general hardware coolness over 3 days. Nokia is organising the first day, and the second and third days are [...]

European parliamentary elections

Safe as Milk - Tue, 09/06/2009 - 9:11am
Warning: politics post Since moving to France, the only elections I get to vote in here are the European and municipal elections - so on Sunday I blew the dust off my voter card & trotted down to my local “bureau de vote” as one of the 40% of the French electorate who voted. I had [...]

Trial by fire: distro upgrade

Safe as Milk - Tue, 26/05/2009 - 5:46pm
I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 8.10 to 9.04 and in the process “cleaned up” the distro using the very useful option to “make my system as close as possible to a new install” (I don’t remember if that’s the exact text, but that was the gist of it). Last night, I tried to use the [...]

Too many platforms?

Safe as Milk - Wed, 20/05/2009 - 7:35pm
Fabrizio Capobianco of Funambol wondered recently if there are too many mobile Linux platforms. The context was the recent announcement of oFono by Intel and Nokia, and some confusion and misunderstanding about what oFono represents. Apparently, several people in the media thought that oFono would be Yet Another Complete Stack, and Fabrizio took the bait too. As [...]

Community analysis as risk management

Safe as Milk - Mon, 18/05/2009 - 4:47pm
Recently I’ve had a number of conversations with potential clients which have reinforced someting which I have felt for some time. Companies don’t know how to evaluate the risk associated with free software projects. First, a background assumption. Most software built in the world, by a large margin, is in-house software. IT departments of big corporations have [...]

Run a marathon… check!

Safe as Milk - Mon, 11/05/2009 - 2:02pm
Yesterday, on my second serious attempt (previously I injured myself 4 weeks before the race) I finally ran a marathon in Geneva, Switzerland. Since getting injured in 2007, I’ve taken up running fairly seriously, joined a club, and this time round I was fairly conscientious about my training, getting in most of my long runs, speed [...]

Football clubs and free software projects

Safe as Milk - Thu, 07/05/2009 - 5:49pm

A few weeks ago I pointed out some similarities between community software projects and critical mass. After watching Chelsea-Barcelona last night - an entertaining match for many of the wrong reasons and a few of the right ones - I wanted to share another analogy that could perhaps be useful in analysing free software projects. What can we learn from football clubs?

Oracle buys MySQL shocker (and they get the rest of Sun too)

Safe as Milk - Mon, 20/04/2009 - 2:08pm

In an effort to further perturb the free software market which has been threatening its middleware, application server and database markets recently, the management in Oracle has come up with the masterly stroke of buying Sun Microsystems, and with it a chief competitor, MySQL.

Will we pass $5000 today?

Safe as Milk - Wed, 15/04/2009 - 5:06pm

The Libre Graphics Meeting fundraiser has been inching higher in recent weeks, and we are very close to the symbolic level of $5,000 raised, with less than a week left in the fundraising drive.

I am sure we will manage to get past $5,000, but I wonder if we will do it today? To help us put on this great conference, and help get some passionate and deserving free software hackers together, you still have time to give to the campaign.

Copyright assignment and other barriers to entry

Safe as Milk - Wed, 08/04/2009 - 1:04am

Daniel Chalef and Matthew Aslett responded to my suggestion at OSBC that copyright assignment was unnecessary, and potentially harmful, to building a core community around your project. Daniel wrote that he even got the impression that I thought requesting copyright assignment was “somewhat evil”.

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