Ok, I seem to find myself in a little timecrunch
There are lots of things I want to do in order to improve
the content on gnome.org. But beside work, sailing,
gnome-summaries, interviews and GStreamer there is little
time to spare. Life is unfair, but I still love it….weird.
Ah, house cleaning day…how the heck does so much laundry,
junk and dust manage to pile up…argh
If it works don’t fix it
If it works don’t fix it
If it works don’t fix it
Sound simply enough doens’t it, why is it I never learn to
live by it then? God, I hate my work on days like this.
Luckily it is friday so I can use the weekend to learn how
to not start to cry when someone says the word ‘concurrent
Installed Solaris 8 for Intel on a old computer (Pentium
200) yesterday. Works but there are some problems with
performance, especially with the Java admin apps. Actually
it was a friend of mine who both downloaded the ISO’s from
Sun, burned the cdroms and gave me the old computer so I
have to use this opportunity to say: Thanks.
Anyway my plan is to use the machine to try and compile
lots of different GNOME stuff, and file bugzilla reports on
compilation problems in order to help make the
code more multiplattform/multicompiler.
Thanks to hadess little WindowMaker &
GNOME howto (posted to Gnotices I tried out
Window Maker again last night for the first time in over a
year. It was a pleasant reunation. WindowMaker still
doesn’t seem to support gnome session management, but I
guess I can live with that.
Spent time last evening editing my interview with Jim
Gettys, interesting stuff. Needs some more fixes then of
for final editing, approval and then finally publication.
Things are really looking good in the GNOME camp these
days. New cool stuff keeps popping up, old modules gets
lots of work done (like the recent work on gnome-media and
gnome-utils) and a new release of Nautilus with further
optimisations and improvements is on the way.
We are also getting ready to release the 0.2.0 release of
GStreamer which I am
really looking forward too. It is still a developer release
in the sense that all things aren’t ready yet, end users
especially will see that the gstmediaplay GUI frontend
still is a work in progress. But we are getting there with
a steady flow of new developers joining the project and 6
months from now I think GStreamer will definetly have
established itself as the de-facto standard for Linux
multimedia. As omega pointed out we have
more weekly CVS commits now than Evolution for instance.
(yeah, yeah I know CVS commits isn’t a very good
measurement of anything, but still
Downloading Solaris for Intel in order to be able to do
some compilation testing and bug reporting of selected
GNOME modules. Relaying on gman for
Solaris testing isn’t a working solution, especially since
he is supposed to be hacking on a cool little traceroute
toy *hint* *hint*
Been mostly a good weekend. Spent most of it on the
sailboat, eating good food, listening to good music and
talking to good friends. Saturday night we cast anchor
outside a small town in the Oslofjord and went out for some
beers. Found a really lively place with a great atmosphere,
fun music and of course beutiful women.
A perfect trip hadn’t the boat engine broke down on the way
back, since there was almost no wind we spent around 8
hours on the last few kilometers.
On the writing front I got mail back from Jim Gettys
today with the answer to my final question for the interview
I am doing with him. Hopefully it will be up on Linuxpower later this
It has been some time since last we published something on
Linuxpower now, but since it is summer in Norway now I am
not inclined to spend as much time indoors, which limits
the amount of time I have to do this stuff.
crudman has not been in a writing frenzy
either lately. I wish we could have more writers on
Linuxpower to keep content coming out more frequently, but
finding people who like to write seems hard to do.
(volunteers please come forward.) I guess we could increase
our article count by going down the same road as
Linuxplanet have and do lots of editorials, but I think
this is a crappy solution. Editorials have their place, and
are quick to do, but they should not make up the bulk of
the content, which is my impression of how things are at
Another reason my writing a calmed downed somewhat is
increasing amount of work done on GNOME related stuff, like
the GNOME weekly summaries and misc. website stuff. I have
also been spending some time lately trying to aquire some
basic hacking skills, think I am making some progress, but
I am not there yet.
Sucky day, trouble never come alone and this day has it in
in big amounts. Trying to fix one problem I caused another
bigger problem. Bigger problem once again solved, while
original problem now left alone. New rule: if it partially
works, don’t fix it.
First stab at adding a link to the GNOME Foundation on the
gnome.org frontpage last evening. Found that the setup of
the frontpage is made in hacker heaven, unfortunatly I am
not a real hacker so I just think it is bloody complicated.
Guess I take a new shot at it very soon, but I have to
really test this stuff localy before I dare try commit this
My new GNOME summary is finished, all needed is
for me to update the makesfiles so it gets built on
Green winter sumarises Oslo the last few days, Sun & blue
sky but still tempratures around 10-14 degrees. Hopefully
it will get better soon cause I am hoping to spend some
more time on the sailboat this year that last year.
Had quite a productive day yesterday with some long overdue
mails getting writen, and some much needed GNOME website
fixing. My plan is to try to fix as many issues as possible
with the current GNOME site, which will mostly constrict
itself to content fixes. Other big projects like a new
software map and a working event calendar will probably not
change until the gnome-web-devel team gets their new setup
running. My main roadmap for changes up to now has been the
slew of unanswered reports of broken links etc., on
I was also very happy to discover today that posting
information on GNOME-love in the GNOME Summary had lead to
a little explosion on subscribers to the gnome-love mailing
list. It is when things like that happens that I feel that
the time myself and Steve George put into that Summary
really pays off.
Sent my big long mail to gnome-hackers yesterday about
bundling GStreamer in with GNOME 2.0. Few replies on
gnome-hackers except for Alan Cox chimming in.
We had a big discussion on #gnome instead, which I just
wrote a summary from. Wonder how that will get responded too
17th of May, it is Norway’s national day today yet I am at
work. One more case of having big trouble getting Oracle
Applications to play nice after an upgrade. I am starting
to come to the conclusion that is was a mistake of my to
start working in the technical field. I have a Masters
degree in Marketing and Economics yet is spending my days
in a telnet session pendling Unix commands and SQL scripts.
It is a saying which says you shouldn’t make your hobby you
work, and I am starting to think its true. Having my hobby
also being my work is taking the fun out of my
My Uncle wants me to come and work with him at his company
doing Management Consulting, I might just do that.
Got the latest GNOME Weekly summary posted last night.
Got some criticism for metioning the probable imminent
Eazel shutdown, since there haven’t been any official Eazel
announcment yet. And I see the point that people might see
anything that is in the summaries as something official,
but on the other hand I didn’t want it to look like we
tried to cover it up or something by not mentioning it.
Didn’t get it up on Gnotices however since there was some
small startup problems with the new Gnotice setup. It is
fixed now, but I need to chat with Elliot to get my
administrator account for the new Gnotices activated.
Crudman thanks for the Nvidia patch,
doesn’t work yet for me, but I haven’t had that much time
to look at it yet either.