Today has made Brainshare worthwhile for me, partly because I got to meet Miguel de Icaza again (he's always fun to talk to), but partly also because I got the chance to chat to Gerald Pfeifer. His job title is "Director, Inbound Product Management", which is Novell terminology for "the guy that handles SUSE Linux Enterprise Server".
(apologies for the picture quality; these are the RAW dumps from my camera)
We all went to see the Utah Jazz play the Toronto Raptors last night. I'm not a big basketball fan, but it was fun to watch the crowd go wild when the Jazz did anything remotely interesting.
Fun fact of the day: only ladies works as missionary tour guides in the Mormon Temple Square, because young men "were too rambunctious".
I just canvassed some views from the IT hacks huddled away in the Brainshare press room. Asked the question, "what is Fossa?", here are the responses I got:
"Fossa is a noble attempt to demonstrate coherence in the Novell software portfolio." - Tom Sanders, Webwereld
"I know what Fossa is, but if I told you I'd have to kill you" - Emmet Ryan, ENN
"Fossa is a marketing ploy; more style than substance, at least at this point." - Peter Galli, eWeek
Dr Jeff Jaffe has just announced The Fossa Project. He pronounces it "Foss-a", and described the fossa as being a very agile animal from Madagascar. People were staring blankly until that description, because of course the non-Jeff-Jaffe part of the world pronounces it "foo-sa", as in the cute little beasties personified by Sascha Baron Cohen and friends in the cartoon movie Madagascar.
I'm out in Salt Lake City right now, attending Novell's Brainshare. Well, admittedly Brainshare hasn't started yet, so we spent the day skiing, and will shortly be going to a press dinner. Despite not having gone skiing in many years, I managed to fall over only twice, both of which were in the last 10 minutes when my muscles had basically just given up!
An extended pub lunch. Pie, ale, and a chocolate-topped doughnut from Greggs. Two fresh sheets of blogroll from her Excellency la Comtessa de Juantajillo.
Yes, dear reader, we have finished LXF 105, and sent it to the printers without lateness or hiccup. Life is good. As are Fridays.
I've had my ASUS Eee for about three months now, and I'm still loving this miniature marvel. If you didn't see our review in LXF 101, here's a recap: the Eee is a mondo-compact Linux notebook, cramming a 900 MHz Intel CPU, 512MB RAM and 4GB flash drive into something a wee bit larger than a couple of DVD cases stacked up. It runs Xandros Linux, and can be snapped up for around £220 (although its popularity has led to widespread stock shortages, so you're most likely to see it around the £250 mark).
KDE 4 on Windows! A mini graphical installer pulls configuration files and packages from the net, so you can always get the latest versions of software without having to update the whole lot in one fell swoop.
That's the ultimate goal, anyway, but as you'd expect, there are still some glitches to fixed. Nonetheless, KDE's Holger Schroder demonstrated some of the biggest KDE apps running impressively well on Windows, including Konqueror, Kate, and this map program (I forget the name - doh!).
I'm typing this on my Eee at the Syllable stand (thanks Bas!), having seen the Amarok 2 and FreeBSD 7.0 presentations. Here's an early snapshot of Amarok 2 in action:
Check out the new tag cloud in the centre of the interface, which shows what's hot in online services such as Magnatune. Amarok 2 will have a largely rewritten core and an improved API -- making it easier for developers to add online services (Jamendo, Ampache etc.) If we're lucky, Amarok 2 will arrive at the same time as KDE 4.1!