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The Jeff Waugh series

Joby has sent over a couple more pictures from OSCon last week, so here's a picture from the Larry Wall interview (shot on the Max light rail train in Portland), and Jim Jagielski, shot in front of the Oregon Convention Center:

Larry Wall on the Portland MAX line

Jim Jagielski standing next to the biggest phallic symbols in Oregon

On Sunday night, Joby was busy doing freelance work photographing the Black Crowes concert at The Filmore in SF. Of course, this is a much more interesting topic for him to be photographing - it's really what he does best, and I guess he has so much creative energy built up over the previous week or so that he let it all go at this one concert!

The Black Crowes concert in San Francisco

Anyway, back to LinuxWorld. Yesterday (Monday) we interviewed Bruce Perens and Warren Woodford (founder of the MEPIS distro). Bruce was all in favour of our "LXF Trumps" geek trivia cards in the magazine, saying "I think geek baseball cards are a great ide, because we're worshipping the wrong idols." Of course, this is a man who owns eight laptops, so if he's an idol he's certainly made of gold!

Bruce Perens: doesn\'t usually look this serious

Warren Woodford is an interesting chap to talk to: MEPIS has a huge following in the UK (much more so than in the US, to the best of my knowledge), and he's one of the founding members of the new Debian Core Consortium Alliance group along with Progency, Linspire, and various others. He lived in San Francisco for a while, so he took me off to a quiet hotel off Union Square for the interview, although that ended up to be the noisiest place so far!

Warren Woodford, founder of MEPIS

In the evening we went to see the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie in IMAx. It's so different to the previous film, but just as quirky and fun - and of course IMAX is a totally engrossing way to watch a movie. From there we went to the Cheesecake Factory at the top of Macy's, and sat in a deserted Union Square eating cheesecake at 10pm. The Cheesecake Factory expanded their operations to entrees and other kinds of dessert, but most interesting is that they also sell little fluffy toys with their logo on. So, I picked up a Cheesecake Factory penguin, naturally...

IMAX tickets to Charlie and a Cheesecake Factory Penguin

Today (Tuesday) we interviewed Stuart Cohen in the morning, Chris DiBona over lunch, then Ian Murdock in the afternoon, along with attending various keynotes and press conferences. The opening keynote was from Charles Philips from Oracle, and was essentially a rah-rah cheerleading for why Oracle is so great. This is a topic that seems to come naturally to Oracle speakers; perhaps we might be more convinced if others were promoting that same message.

The interview with Stuart was a bit intense in parts: I wanted specific answers on why the OSDL laid off employees recently, and why the OSDL allows members that have such pro-patent policies. With his PR lady violently shaking her head behind my back at points, Stuart kind of skipped around some direct answers. I find it irritating that the layoffs happened a week before they had a big face-to-face meeting in Paris. Anyway, I guess I'm alone in this, so I'll shut up now.

Stuart Cohen and a pot of flowers. The flowers stole the show.

At 11am I met with Kaspersky Labs, who make a pretty good virus scanner tool for Linux now. Problem is, they use a binary-only kernel module, and provide a small piece of source code that links against your kernel to load the module. I'm convinced this is against the spirit - if not the letter - of the GPL, but they seemed to think it was OK. I've pinged Greg KH on this, and he said "That is exactly correct. Funny thing is, you don't need to put your virus scanner in the kernel on Linux to get it to work properly. But some people never learn." Sort it out, Kaspersky!

At noon Joby and I dashed over to the W Hotel to meet up with Chris DiBona, the Open Source Program Manager from Google. Chris is a really fun, chatty guy who clearly has a passion for getting open source out there. Anyway, we talked about his Summer of Code plan (students: your submissions are due back in soon!), plus the Google sponsorship of the Open Source Awards at OSCon this year. He said he hopes to be able to do another SoC next year (we might even see a Winter of Code this year), plus to continue sponsoring the Open Source Awards.

For the photo shoot, we were in Yerba Buena gardens near the Moscone Center, hidden away in a corner so as not to attract attention from the park police - they are quite strict about this nowadays. We got some great shots, only to realise that we'd gone way over time and were late for our Ian Murdock interview - d'oh!

Chris DiBona getting photographed by Joby - see if you can figure out why he\'s holding some cards...

I ran over to the Moscone Center and got right into the interview with Ian. As the founder of Debian, Ian is a hugely influential figure in the community, and still does great work both with Debian and Progeny, his Debian-based company. He's now sort of leading the new Debian Core Consortium Alliance, and had a lot to say about Sarge being late, about the three or four processor architectures that DCCA will support, and more. He was kind enough to look over our lateness and give us an extra fifteen minutes to chat - thanks, Ian!

Dashing off again, Joby and I went to the Cohen/DiBona/Moglen panel about the future of open source. It was largely quiet average: DiBona showed some humorous pictures of the early days of Google (just imagine a small rack being kept cool with a large fan), but the real main event was Eben Moglen's speech. He's a great orator, and a true believe in software freedom - we're interviewing him tomorrow morning, so I'll let you know more then.

Eben Moglen in full swing

We visited the Debian Core Consortium press conference briefly. It was a bit odd that Bruce Perens and Warren Woodford weren't on the stage with the other members, but Bruce did a great job of fielding questions.

Ian Murdock launches the Debian Core Consortium Alliance

From there we went on to the last event of the evening: the Golden Penguin Bowl quiz show, which pitted nerds from Microsoft against geeks from Google (and MySQL, as it turned out), with Jeremy Allison of Samba/Novell fame as the quizmaster. We met Jeff Waugh en route who complained that the only picture of him on this blog was one of his "big, fat ass" (his words!) So, without further ado, I give you Jeff Waugh!

Jeff Waugh looking slightly scary

Jeff Waugh looking VERY scary

Jeff Waugh hiding his scariness behind weird hand gestures

The Golden Linux Bowl questions were all geek oriented: how many architectures did the first Linux release run on? Which of these languages does Google not support? Etc. Good fun, and Microsoft lost, so everyone went away happy. Kudos to MS for turning up, though: they were dressed as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers, and entered to the Imperial March from the Empire Strikes Back.

Team Google wins Golden Penguin 2005

Jeremy Allison\'s costume caused shock and awe

So, that wraps up for today. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39 to get drunk and eat burgers. Of course, I forgot my ID so just had to stick with burgers. Still, when in America, do as the Americans do. Now, where's the gun shop...


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