A little over a week after Fuzz shipped (over 100 downloads already - go try it for yourself!), I'm happy to announce the public launch of OpenSurveys.org: everyone can now create their own accounts and create as many surveys as they want. Please do give it a try - I'm sure there are bugs in there, and I'd like to get them worked out as quickly as possible so the site can become useful to the community.
So, Fedora Core 6 is to be delayed by a week. Well, I'm sure we aren't the only ones who are disappointed. But one of the beauties of open source is that there is no real compelling reason for the distro to launch before it is ready. Perhaps there is some amount of pride in shipping when you said you would, and maybe Max Spevack and the rest of the Fedora team feel they have let people down a bit. But it is, surely, far better that (and here I am struggling not to use the word 'product') this version of Linux actually works when it ships.
I just heard a story on the radio about the EU enforcing a tariff on shoes imported from China and Vietnam. Apparently the governments there have been subsidising manufacturers, who can now make shoes so cheaply that they can dump their products on the European market and undercut swanky Italian cobblers and what not. The radio journalist was talking to someone from Brussels about the news, and he said, "Of course, what everyone listening will want to know is, how will this affect the price of shoes on the high street?"
I'm back from holiday now, and - thank God - have a clear month ahead of me. I'm looking forward to rest, relaxation and Battlestar Galactica. Yes, I do consider programming to be relaxation.
Fuzz 0.5 has been released publically on SourceForge. If you haven't been following this blog (admittedly, my work on Fuzz has been off and on for a long time - largely thanks to Brain Party!), then you probably don't know what Fuzz is or why you absolutely must have it. Fuzz is an SDL/.NET-based 2D games engine that lets game developers (that's you) "program" your games in XML.
Well, I made it to Ireland. I'm getting used to tight airport security in these dangerous times, and after disembarking from the aeroplane at Dublin airport, we were warned that we'd need our passports and boarding cards for immigration. I carefully slid my boarding card into the photo page so the official wouldn't need to flick through the pages to check my identity. It was a long walk to the passport checkpoint, and I joined the queueing immigrants with my prepared passport in my hand.
I write this from the Hermitage in St Petersburg. It makes the Louvre look like my shed. Best bit so far: going into Christ the Saviour church in Moscow on Sunday morning, during a service (their churches are very open in this way). Worst bit so far: seeing how some Russians treat animals. More on that later - Ildiko has just finished her lunch so I'd better skedaddle!
I write this, the first Channelle-post to the LXF blog (thanks Mike), having - hopefully - finished my part in the massive feature being prepared for issue 86 of the magazine on the history of Linux over the last decade and a half. Fortunately Nelz was given the job of actually delving through the history books and web archives to research the main text of the feature, while I got to interview a good selection of very smart people covering various 'eras' in the development of a world dominating operating system.
Sad as I was to hear of Steve Irwin's death, I was reminded last night of our own stocky khaki-decked bundle of enthusiasm: Ray Mears. He is unlikely to ever say, "Crikey! Look at the teeth on that fella!", but in his own intense, geeky Grey Owl way he is just as entertaining.