21 Aug 2000 Telsa   » (Master)

Updated the GNOME FAQ. 21 names in the contributors now. Woo! I really need to sit down and work out how I mark up and fill in the right bits for the GNU docs licence, and then it goes into maintenance mode, with luck. Because it's not currently on the main GNOME pages, just in CVS, shoved a version onto my [edited to remove dead site] pages, and started weeding out potentially useful threads from a far-too-full folder of messages saved from gnome-devel-list so that someone else can provide the answers and drake can do the developer FAQ.

Talked to jdub and terral about whether developers and users have any shared understanding of what makes a useful bug report (frankly, I just guess) or how much work you can actually expect a "switched new computer on, started exciting free OS up, something broke, now what?" person to do digging for relevant information. Wondered whether getting a bunch of people who fix bugs, resolve them in the BTSs, or send in patches and people who find them and try to report them together in the same room would help, and considered attempting this in Australia (because I'm going there, apparently, in January). Started thinking about ways to get some useful info before that. This is mostly spawned by a thread about "help! bugs.gnome.org is feeling full!" on one of the GNOME lists and the different attitudes to different... um... styles, shall we say, of reporting bugs.

Saw glenn's comments about "some people were a bit rude but I coped" and it reminded me that I need to flame pointlessly about people flaming pointlessly. Or something. Another on the to-do pile. Basically, I don't like a lot of the forms of what pass for communication on the web and net today, and I think more people need to think about how they are coming across and whether someone who is paying by the minute for their access really needs to be flamed when they ask a question. It's possible to explain "this is the wrong place for this" without some of the more obnoxious comments I see. At least, I hope it is. If this is the example we set people arriving now, we're going to regret it when they pass it on to the next generation to arrive and we'll be complaining about "youth of today... no respect...grumble grumble..." and next thing it'll be "bring back national service" and I'll be voting for the tories or something. And that would be bad, really it would. Especially because the aforementioned next generation will outnumber us substantially...

Lots of people are talking about LWE, which apparently claims it's the biggest Linux show. Not that I have seen reliable numbers, but I suspect this will surprise the LinuxTag folks. LinuxTag actually sounds to have been more fun, and that's not just because of the parties, truly.

Lots of people seem to have completely missed the point of the GNOME Foundation. But then, I had the advantage not only of the press reports but of seeing raph type in the summary of the RA broadcast of the thing for we bandwidth-challenged types. (Wow, he's a fast typer.) The press missed out Miguel's comments about GNOME being about people, and by individuals all over the world, completely. Of course, I could have missed the point of the Foundation, too, but my take's at least more optimistic :)

I was going to applaud thomasq for his mention of rugby, but I just saw that he missed Wales out of great rugby nations, so I'm going to sulk instead.

Long entry, but then I seem to be making them once a month, so you can live in peace for a bit. I do actually have a couple of potential article/rambles in the pipeline, but most things in that pipeline seem to get stuck half-way along. Oh well.

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