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27 Aug 2007 (updated 27 Aug 2007 at 09:58 UTC) »
OpenStreetMap 1 : Google 0

Seems that a good volunteer can produce better maps than the commercial providers. Take a look at Boggomsbaai, the holiday town I was in last weekend:

And then take a look at George, the town I am currently staying in. I have almost mapped more just with the drive in yesterday than all of what Google has:

The trip, in general

I am really enjoying being back here in SA (last time I was here was 1994) and seeing all the relatives again. The weather has been a real mixed bag, some rain, some sun.

Tomorrow Brian, my father and I are headed to Addo Elephant Park for a few days, then we back here and then off to another holiday town called Vermaaklikheid.

In Stellenbosch

Brian and I arrived in Stellenbosch yesterday morning very early. "Stupid o'clock" as Brian said. The weather here is wonderful.

In other news, apparently I am also now the ripe age of 25. Ugh.

Planet OpenStreetMap and OSM Foundation board

It seems I am know on Planet OpenStreetMap. I have also been elected as a Member at Large to the OpenStreeMap Foundation board.

Still travelling

I am still travelling in Germany with my brother. We are are planning to leave rainy Frankfurt this morning, to stay with a family friend in a little town called Lohr am Main.

10 Aug 2007 (updated 10 Aug 2007 at 01:07 UTC) »
Off travelling to South Africa, via Frankfurt

I am off travelling for the next 4 weeks in South Africa, visiting family. If you need something from me during this time, expect a slow reply. I would love to meet as many South African Ubuntu, Linux and general Open Source people as possible, so if you want to meet up, mail me.

On the way, I am going to be visiting Frankfurt from the 13th through the 18th of August, so if you want to me up, drop me an email.

2 Aug 2007 (updated 2 Aug 2007 at 10:17 UTC) »
Clarification: Ubuntu/Canonical will be at LinuxWorld San Francisco, just no community booth

There will be an Ubuntu presence at LinuxWorld Expo, run by the marvellous people from Canonical. Do stop by and visit them at Booth 1526. However, as I said before, there is going to be no community booth.

No Ubuntu booth at LinuxWorldExpo in San Francisco

Due to some miscommunications, it seems that Ubuntu will not have a booth at LWE SF this year as the .org pavillion is full. Sad as this is, I would like to thank all those who emailed me and asked if they could help. See you all in 2008!

Looking for California volunteers for LWE in San Francisco

Need something to do on in early August? Want to come help me run the Ubuntu booth at Linux World Expo in San Francisco? I am looking for volunteers a couple of volunteers to help me out. This is a great opportunity to meet some really amazing people and enjoy the high that is working a conference (I have done more than a few myself). The conference runs August 6-9 at the Moscon Centre.

If you can give me hand, drop me an email

Hard at work at Ubuntu Live

Ubuntu Live is done, but I thought I would share a picture of me hard at work:
Photo by James Davidson, licensed under CC-by-nc-nd

At Ubuntu Live

Yes, I am at Ubuntu Live. Now I must sign off before my current state of inebriation catches up with me.

Changing the direction of the herd

A lot of people are followers. Companies, being run by people, are no different. One of the most recent examples of this behaviour is the spate of Linux companies signing deals with Microsoft. With a few weeks we had Xandros, LG and Linspire all signed deals. It looked like that the growing tide of deals would overwhelm even the most steady CEOs and make signing a deal with Microsoft just part of running a Linux business.

That isn't going to happen.

Why? Within a few short days, Ubuntu, Mandriva and Red Hat have all said "No deal" (In Red Hat's case, this was a reiteration of a previous statement). The herd has changed direction. As with any herd, there will be a few breakaways, as Novell did last year when they signed their deal, but to all the other Linux companies out there, signing a deal will not be "just part of running a Linux business".

So, thank you Mark, Red Hat and Mandriva management. Your courage makes the world a safer place for all Linux companies and users.

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