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Decision making & critical mass

Safe as Milk - Wed, 01/04/2009 - 7:05pm

Benjamin Otte’s post today asking how decisions get made (in the context of GNOME) made me think of something I remarked last week.

Last Friday, I attended Critical Mass in San Francisco with Jacob Berkman, and had a blast.

How do you count your community size?

Safe as Milk - Wed, 01/04/2009 - 5:07pm

Way back in the Maemo Summit in September 08, Jay Sullivan put up a slide which talked about spheres of participation in Mozilla.  I threw together a rough approximation of what was in that:

Community governance links

Safe as Milk - Fri, 27/03/2009 - 1:24am

As promised during my presentation yesterday, here are the various publications I linked to for information on evaluating community governance patterns (and anti-patterns):

OSBC: Opening my mind

Safe as Milk - Fri, 27/03/2009 - 12:54am

Like Dries, I had the impression that OSBC was something of a parallel world to the type of conferences I usually attend. There were a lot of people from small VC funded companies created around niche enterprise markets (with all due respect to ERPs, electronic document/content management and business intelligence vendors), and the core assumptions that people work under aren’t the same as I’m used to.

Healthcare in the US

Safe as Milk - Mon, 23/03/2009 - 11:35pm

For a European travelling in the US, one of the things that jumps out at you when you turn on the TV is the number of ads for prescription drugs you get in the US.

These 30 or 60 second ads are all very similar: 5 to 10 seconds presenting the medication, followed by 20 to 25 seconds of disclaimers and disclosure of secondary effects, with a warning to consult with your physician and ask him about the drug in question.

Gran Canaria: Registration & call for participation open

Safe as Milk - Mon, 23/03/2009 - 8:19pm

For those who missed the next last week, the Gran Canaria Dasktop Summit website got updated last week - and with it, we opened registration for the conference. This is the organiser’s way of knowing who’s coming, and the way for attendees to reserve accommodation and request, if they need it, travel assistance.

Maemo community council elections: results in!

Safe as Milk - Fri, 20/03/2009 - 12:15pm

The Maemo community council election is over, and the results are in.

166 people voted to elect the incoming council, and when the dust settled, the new council will be made up of:

Maemo Community Council elections: The story so far

Safe as Milk - Tue, 17/03/2009 - 3:31pm

More than half way through the Maemo community council Spring 2009 elections, I thought it would be interesting to get a sneak peek at turn-out figures, to let people know how things have been going so far.

The results are slightly disappointing so far - but I know that there are a lot of last-minute voters, so I’m not exactly worried yet.

FFmpeg release - congrats!

Safe as Milk - Tue, 10/03/2009 - 10:38am

Never one to hold a grudge, I’d like to congratulate the FFMPefg developers on their recent release of FFMPeg 0.5.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

Safe as Milk - Fri, 06/03/2009 - 2:16pm

Today’s xkcd made my inner mathematician giggle.

Parse error

Safe as Milk - Wed, 04/03/2009 - 2:01pm

Coworker (n): Person who orks cows.

Suggestions for running in San Francisco

Safe as Milk - Mon, 02/03/2009 - 1:34pm

I’ll be in San Francisco later this month, from March 22nd until the 29th, for OSBC, and I’ll be looking to get in a few training runs to get ready for a marathon I hope to run in May while I’m there.

I am staying in a hotel on Market Street, near the Civic Center, and I have a few runs in the training plan for that period:


Safe as Milk - Sun, 01/03/2009 - 2:05pm

Improved on my 10K personal best today. Happy, but not delighted. 38:59 would have looked so much better. Especially disappointed to have been under 3:50 for 4 kms, and over 4:00 for 4 others (not consecutive). Regular is better.

Also, I couldn’t resist having a couple of beers yesterday to celebrate Ireland unconvincingly beating England (and I never thought I’d see the day I got to say that) yesterday in Croke Park, 14-13. That probably played a role too.

List of Free Software non-profits

Safe as Milk - Tue, 24/02/2009 - 3:02pm

Michael Dexter of Linux Fund spent some time last week putting together a list of non-profit corporations which exist to support free software, free software projects, or free culture worldwide. It’s an impressive list of 68 non-profits from around the world, with varied goals and focuses, but with the common theme of wanting to improve the world through the sharing of information.

Maemo Community Council referenda: the results are in

Safe as Milk - Tue, 24/02/2009 - 12:00pm

The voting is now closed in the Maemo Community Council referenda on election procedures for the upcoming and future Maemo Community Council elections.

The provisional results, which will stand unless successfully challenged within the next 7 days, are as follows:

Governance best practices

Safe as Milk - Fri, 20/02/2009 - 4:48pm

Jono asked on the AOC blog for successful governance stories, and while I’m happy to comment on the blog, now that I’ve taken the time to write some down, I thought I might as well share them :-)

Maemo Community Council referenda: voting now open!

Safe as Milk - Mon, 16/02/2009 - 8:59pm

Voting is open for the 3 referenda around the election procedure for Maemo community council elections.

A wiki page has been created for each referendum, where arguments for & against each of the options can be listed. For the moment, these pages are skeletons, but feel free to debate in the Talk page, and perhaps add some arguments for & against in the main page (but they will be heavily moderated to avoid flame-wars).

A reminder of the 3 referenda:

Migrating to Linux: Tip 1: Do DHCP and DNS first

Safe as Milk - Fri, 13/02/2009 - 6:16pm

If, like most organisations, your client PCs get their IP addresses and DNS and routing information over DHCP, you can make your migration life easier by moving your DHCP server first, followed by your local nameserver.

Whenever you need to declare a server name or IP address for a service (mail, time, proxy, whatever), use a service-specific domain name: smtp.mycompany.local, imap.mycompany.local, ntp.mycompany.local and so on.

Server migration: the easy stuff

Safe as Milk - Thu, 12/02/2009 - 5:15pm

In gathering material for my series on migrating to free software, one thing immediately jumps out at me.

Looking for case studies

Safe as Milk - Wed, 11/02/2009 - 5:33pm

I hope to be writing a series of articles over the coming months on migrating from being a Windows shop to a free software shop, broken down stage by stage:

Free Software consulting: marketing & business model

Safe as Milk - Sun, 01/02/2009 - 12:10am

Recently I gave a class for a friend of mine in Grenoble as part of an “Introduction to entrepreneurship” course he is teaching for a Masters in business studies. He asked me to explain my activity, how I set myself up administratively, and explain the business model and marketing plan of a services/consulting company.

I covered a lot of ground, and it was pretty interesting I think, so I’m reproducing the gist of what I presented here for posterity.

Going to FOSDEM

Safe as Milk - Fri, 30/01/2009 - 4:00pm

After much hesitation, and after deciding a couple of weeks ago that I wasn’t going, I’ve changed my mind. I’ll be in Brussels on the 21st and 22nd of February for FOSDEM.

The thing that turned me around was the number of times in the past two weeks I’ve been participating in conversations and discussions, and someone has said to me “we’ll have a chance to discuss that more in Brussels”.


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