22 Aug 2006
(updated 22 Aug 2006 at 05:18 UTC) »
Ubucon was a great deal of fun. It was great to meet Jordan Mantha for the first time. He led two great talks, one on getting involved and another on what the new user wants and needs. I hope both will bear fruit in the short and long term.
There were many talks, but Jorge gave a great talk on large deployments, his 500+ SunRay thin client on Ubuntu at Oakland Uni in Michigan. As his assistant for the talk, I had great fun with the Snakes on a Plane slide, as well as making some pithy comments. We got to showcase the coolness that is Sabayon and Pessulus.
I wanted to thank a few people as well. Thanks to John Mark for organizing it. Despite the last minute-ness of it, it went fairly well. Thanks to the Google people, including Leslie and Zaheda, for helping us out with hosting and food. Thanks to Jorge's friend Ryan, who now works at Google, for the rides. Thanks to Canonical for staying those extra few days and showing up. Matt Z and Jane, it was good to see you again. Chris, great to meet you. And finally, thanks to the community, for coming out.
Overall, a great time and I hope to see everybody next year.
Given I dislike compiling things, I really like Ubuntu for having all the latest upstream crack available. One thing I have not tried until now is gcjwebplugin. While I dislike Java generally, the gnu classpath people are really coming along. So I figured I would try out the plugin. You can install it on edgy with the gcjwebplugin-4.2 (ignore the gcjwebplugin and gcjwebplugin4.1, as they are old packages). After you install it and go to an applet page, you get a giant security warning:
I don't think have yet implemented the sandboxing, hence the scary message, but I am not certain. The interweb is failing me on this one. I know Fedora is going to ship the plugin for FC6 and I don't imagine they would do that without the appropriate security in place.
But if you accept you get this:
I used an applet for this list of applets, all of which are known to work and did not test out in the wild, due to security concerns, so take this with a grain of salt.
I am probably going to remove it, butI want to thank Matthew Klose (doko) for packaging all this Java stuff. It is fun to play with, even it might not be ready. That is what Edgy is for, right?