Noticed that the Mandrake – Madriva name change got a lot of criticism. Then again the Helix Code to Ximian rename got a lot of criticism too, and everyone got used to that new name after a while. At least Geoff Harrison gets his nick back now :)

World of Warcraft vs. the world

Seems to have tired a bit of Warcraft now which have let me put my energies into more constructive stuff. Working on an article on software patents among other things. Hopefully also get moving on a new release of g-t-e this weekend with some great Nuvola enhancements.

Anger online

After seeing Daniels blog entry about criticism burn out I started reflecting over the general aggressive tone that have taken hold in the online world. It is not only in free software forums that are filled with these kind of things, all online forums seems to grow harsher and harsher as time goes by. Various explanations are around for this, but I think its mostly that the online world provides a perfect place for people to vent all their anger without the social embargo that would be the consequence in the offline world. Not sure what can be done about it though.

Fixing the kernel

Thomas is trying to figure out why Firewire cameras sometime cause the kernel to crash. We don’t really know yet, but a theory is that it might be coupled with a specific or some specific firewire chipsets. Making a kick as streaming server for Linux seems to take us into many areas programming wise :)

Fluendo press release

Put out a press release yesterday announcing the increasing adoption GStreamer and Totem is seeing much due to the work and money we spent to make it happen. Think the press release ended up rather nice. In the same step I tried adding a favicon to the Fluendo website, which for some reason have not worked out at all. No idea why it is not displaying atm., but I guess I figure it out eventually. Thomas made a post to a recent slashdot story about European patents. Great post, except the link to the press release, due to a double http it takes you to the Microsoft website instead as they are the top hit on Google when you search for http. Let the conspiracy theories flow :)

I love foo

So to get my advogato rdf feeds fixed Wingo did a little xmlrpc magic on them. Which is why some planets have featured repeated ‘foo’ messages from me today. But tomorrow that will all be forgotten and the world can move on.

Ryan Gordon – the ultimate game porter

Noticed on Linuxgames that Ryan ‘Icculus’ Gordon did a Linux port of the newly released Shadow Warrior code released by 3D Realms. He posted a screenshot as proof and I was happy to see him using GNOME. Always nice to see it when people who user their Linux desktop as a tool to do other types of coding/work choose GNOME as it means we are having some success in making the desktop be an asset and not a problem for doing work.


Thomas and Wingo are doing some great work on Flumotion these days and a new release is planned today. We are really getting there in terms of robustness and basic features. Think Flumotion at this point is a much better option for Live streaming than icecast for instance and it will only get better.

Office pains

Tried to export a document from OpenWriter2 to RTF format today so I could send it to a customer. Decided to QA the document by openinng it in Abiword to see that it looked ok. Looked almost ok except the â,¬ (Euro) signs where borked. So I tried loading the OpenOffice generated RTF back into OpenOfffice…horror. The layout was completly broken. Ended up filing bug reports against both OO for the complete brokenness and against Abiword for the Euro symbol issue (although I think OOo is the sinner also in that case.)