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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?

18 Aug 2006 (updated 18 Aug 2006 at 20:54 UTC) »
The $100 LWE

Well, Linux World Expo in San Francisco. I want to thank the following people for helping me out:

Userful, for shipping my down there Jorge Castro, for letting me crash on his floor Debra Williams, my editor, for a great Sushi dinner Jim McQuillan's friend, for a great Brazilian all-meat dinner Canonical, for all around awesome-ness

On the capture of penguins

So Jane Silber roped me into a team competing for the Golden Penguin award at LWE. Seems that our team came out ahead, against the Novell Open Audio Team (great guys, btw). They were shocked that Jorge and myself were volunteers, however.

On the absence of Red Hat

They should have been at LWE. End of story.

On running the GNOME booth

Jorge and I rocked! While we had no banners and swag, we did get to meet some great people. I had a great conversation with a Japanese consultant, through a translator (always fun), about the Japanese Linux market and about Open Source in general.

Oh, and about 95% of the people who we talked to who ran GNOME were running Ubuntu. There was a stunning amount of Ubuntu at the show.

On the running of the network at LWE

DHCP is a good thing. No, it really is. Oh, and Network Manager needs to deal with static IPs.

On Ubucon

Currently now at Ubucon. Much goodness, more later.

The sun shines on Debian

While I personally have had an awful last two weeks, I saw something today that made me smile: HP announces support for Debian. As Bdale says, some-days the rock moves.

Just a reminder, I will be helping run the GNOME booth (Booth #9 in the .org section) at LWE and then enjoying the hospitality of Google at Ubucon. Come on by and visit us.

12 Aug 2006 (updated 12 Aug 2006 at 22:23 UTC) »
12 Aug 2006 (updated 12 Aug 2006 at 04:40 UTC) »

Glad the government is keeping me safe

Yes, I am being sarcastic. In wake of the arrest of several individuals in the UK for apparently plotting to blow up a few aircraft and all the subsequent restrictions on what you can and cannot carry on to the plane, I have to wonder: Is air travel truly made safer by this? As my job with Userful has and continues to involve travelling extensively, it has never been clearer to me that airport security is a giant joke, very much a cargo cult. It is a heavily ritualized affair, with all the players going through the motions without the understanding behind them. A stark example of this was during a recent trip to Ottawa: When I passed through the security at Vancouver, any security person not dealing with a person was turned around, back to the entrance, watching the World Cup on a small television screen. At points this included the entire group of them.

So ask yourself this: If all the security screening vanished tomorrow, would air travel be any less safe? I am finding it hard to answer yes to that question.

Headed to San Francisco

Well it appears that I am headed to San Francisco, thanks to my employer. I will be at the GNOME booth at Linux World Expo from the 15th to the 17th demonstrating our Desktop Multiplier stuff (packaged by Jordan Mantha as desktop-multiplier in multiverse). After that I will be at Ubucon for the 18th and 19th. Having my trip partially funded by employer means I will be unable to help out with the Ubuntu booth, but judging from the wiki page, there are already some great people running that.

As the 18th is my 24th birthday, I look forward to the drinking BoF held in the afterhours of the first day.

4 Aug 2006 (updated 4 Aug 2006 at 02:03 UTC) »

Quite easy - they'd be allowed to do that just like these people are allowed this. You may not like it personally, but that is beside the point. Ubuntu (and GPL and other free licenses) do not put a restriction on who can use it beyond following the license terms. Left-wing or right-wing; religious or rational; army or peace organization; chemical industry or Greenpeace; Israel or Palestine; Superman or Lex Luthor - all are allowed to use it freely if they follow the terms." - Jan Moren on ubuntu-devel

1 Aug 2006 (updated 1 Aug 2006 at 07:15 UTC) »

Add/Remove ..., reviewed

Seems somebody has finally taken notice of Add/Remove Programs, something that has only been in Ubuntu since 5.04. Read the review here.

However, this brings up an interesting point. Click and Run (CNR) in Linspire gets a lot of press. This is likely because CNR is marketed as a separate entity from Linspire (the distro). In fact, there was even talk of bringing CNR to Ubuntu. So how do we market Add/Remove in the same way? Should we "bundle" the Ubuntu repositories with Add/Remove under some umbrella brand? (Please email meas I have no comments on this blog)

Matt, I struggled with your Firefox issue for long time, but then I had an Epiphany.

22 Jul 2006 (updated 22 Jul 2006 at 05:15 UTC) »

And there shall be one less silo...

There is good news on the Linux printing front: The de jure standard of OpenPrinting (a part of the FSG/LSB) has merged with the de facto Linux printing information and driver clearing house, linuxprinting.org.

However, I still see one major issue: That of CUPS. While it is a good piece of software and the de facto standard on Unix machines, CUPS is dual licensed and thus the creators have little commercial interest in helping an initiative to make better Open Source printing drivers for they would cut into the sales of their own product, which they proudly proclaim has over 5300 drivers. Which this Linux Planet review mentions as a selling point of ESP Print Pro, the commercial version of CUPS, over CUPS. Is it time for one of the big Linux vendors, either Novell or Red Hat, to buy out Easy Software and end this dual licensed insanity?

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