Tue 14 Nov 2006

  • shipping: A few months back, we asked a partner of ours (who will remain nameless) for some test equipment. We wanted to make sure that Fedora worked well on that set of hardware and machines. They didn’t arrive for quite some time. Finally, last week, they arrived at the office.

    It turns out that the machines had been shipped to the wrong location. Someone had very helpfully packed it up and forwarded them to us. Unfortunately, it seems that they didn’t have any packing material at the office it was shipped from. So instead of shipping the machines with styrofoam, or even packing peanuts, they filled the box with leftover pens and harmonicas. Yes, harmonicas. About fifty of them. Keeping the computers safe. Fortunately, the machines were robust enough to survive the trip, but geez, I hope they don’t go out to customers like that…

Sun 29 Oct 2006

  • Releases: Fedora Core 6 (zod) was released this week. So I baked a cake:
    Zod Cake
    Kneel before the Zod cake

    It was a pretty awesome release. You can read the release announcement here.I just thought I’d highlight three of my favorites features. First, compiz on aiglx works really well. Soeren made a valiant attempt at taming compiz by getting it to honor many of the metacity settings, as well as by providing a more traditional pager mode. He and Kristian also got X running with aiglx enabled by default, so starting a compositing manager doesn’t require an X restart.Secondly, X will now start without an Xorg.conf file. Adam has been working hard at making X autodetect hardware, and it can now do so on many setups correctly. There are times still when you will need that file, but it is bringing us closer to the day when you won’t have to set up X at all.Finally, if you want to play with Xen, Daniel did a really nice job on virt-manager. It looks slick.
    RHEL4 Console
    RHEL4 in Fedora

Tue 12 Sep 2006

  • milestones: Today I officially join the GNOME Old Farts Club. Now I get to be ornery all the time and complain about the young’uns.

  • photos: I finally put up my GUADEC photos. Most of them look similar to all the other GUADEC photos out there, but fire at night is always cool.

Thu 20 Jul 2006

  • lazyweb: I’m a little hesitant to ask anything here, given that my last posting on limburger resulted in this gem: the key to limburger is that you need to eat it with mayonnaise and raw (or at least rare) halibut.

    Nevertheless, I’m looking for a machine to purchase to put in the North American GNOME Event Box. It has to be small, light, and run Free software well. Something like the Shuttle X100 is close, but I’m not going to be able to get the Radeon card in it to work. Mac mini’s are much better supported and a great size, but I would prefer something less ‘branded’. Having Apple hardware in the booth would confuse our message.

    Alternatively, if someone knows how to change the top plate on a Mac Mini to a custom logo, I could totally go that route. (-:

Tue 13 Jun 2006

  • cairo: What an excellent dockudrama! Or maybe it’s just a dockumentary..

  • cairo (two): That post does point out akamaru, written by Kristian Högsberg. It’s a pretty nifty little physics model written with cairo. I don’t know how practical it is, but it’s pretty fun to play with.

  • passings: It was sad to see that György Ligetti died today. RIP.

Mon 29 May 2006

  • presents: Sometimes the dog decides to bring me a present. Tonight, it was a very dead bird at two in the morning…