19 Jun 2000
(updated 12 Mar 2004 at 19:34 UTC) »
Wow, it has been a long time since I wrote one of these.
because I was working on IA-64 (Merced, Itanium, whatever)
and wasn't sure what Intel's NDA allowed me to say about
I was doing. Fortunately, that's all changed. I did have
the IA-64 work; the process was (as one might expect)
what I experienced when I bootstrapped early Linux versions
(0.03, 0.10, etc.) on the x86 platform.
I then disappeared off to The Netherlands for nearly two
months while my wife attended a short school in symbolic
dynamics (her area of mathematical expertise), and I worked
remotely on ACPI again. I discovered what it is like to
a metered internet connection, and came to value the U.S.'s
flat rate local calling areas. While I was there, I kept a
diary of my work and play. This includes a few photos;
I have hopes that some time I'll have time to go through and
add more photos from my collection.
I've discovered that I have fairly naturally slipped into
the role of an interface person between the kernel hackers
and the user-space folks here at Red Hat. Sometimes I
answer questions myself, and sometimes I play traffic cop
and direct people towards the right other people to answer
their questions. One of my strengths is knowing the
between questions I can answer and questions I can't
I also tend to be the one asked to find slack to do one-time
tasks that desperately need to be done. That suits me.
As my other tasks allow, I am still working on ACPI.
are some interesting problems here, many of which involve
internal politics within the companies that own the ACPI
"standard". ACPI is incredibly broken; if there were any
option I would be campaigning to throw ACPI away. I could
write (indeed, have written) screeds explaining how broken
ACPI is. However, the two important things that keep me
are that there is no realistic hope of replacing it, and
is better than the alternative in the power management