The "Linux - is it read for the Enterprise?" meeting in Vicenza went well. I was there to represent the 'community'. It was very interesting hearing the various people from Oracle, IBM (and also Redhat and Suse) make their case. I got a laugh out of the crowd when I mentioned that 5 years ago, we wouldn't have dreamed of a room full of people with suits and ties so intent on learning more about free software. It really is impressive how far "we" have come. There were a bunch of important (in the sense that they control a lot of money) people there - the CTO of Benetton, plus several from important banks in the area.
The question is no longer "should we run Linux?", but "can we run our most important, mission critical systems on Linux?". And the answer is, depending on the circumstances, beginning to be "yes".
I watched the taped stage of the Giro yesterday! Brilliant! Simoni won alone, but didn't take as much time as expected out of his rivals. Pantani took 5th place, after fighting the whole way up the mountain... it's great to see him back in form.
In the past few years, drug scandals aside, the Giro has been head and shoulders above the Tour. It has more interesting stages from start to finish. Where the Tour starts out with dead flat sprinter stages for the first week, where nothing happens, the Giro already throws some small hills at the riders to get things warmed up and generate interest. The stages like Faenza (there was one last year too, IIRC) are also really fun to watch, because the mountains are just big enough to break things up if the riders try hard, but not like the high mountain stages where only the strongest survive. Think Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Also, the race for the Maglia Rosa is much more interesting than at the Tour, with more lead changes, and a seemingly more open playing field. Anyone remember the stage last year where Cadel Evans was in pink, and completely fell apart up the last climb, projecting, of all people, Savoldelli into the lead?
Tying it back in, I think that cycling is a great sport for geeks - plenty of gadgets to fiddle with, but it also is a good contrast from sitting around indoors behind a screen. It's great to get outside under whatever the weather brings.