Well, we blogged about it previously, and now it's happening: Java is going open source. And not just J2SE – J2ME is on the cards too. There's no word yet as to what licence will be used, which in itself is interesting because they haven't yet ruled out GPL3 or the MPL.
Hurrah! Linuxworld is finally open. Well, part of it anyway - the expo doesn't start until tomorrow, but there was a pretty full conference schedul today, with tutorials and seminars on a range of topics. Even so, I missed some I wanted to see, but I did catch Nat Friedman demoing Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED, unless you live in the Netherlands, where that is rude, I am infomed). He is pretty good onstage, and managed to keep people's attention with some graphical trickery woven around exploring the joys of pivot table functionality added to OpenOffice.org
At LXF Towers we are sticklers for tradition. The old ways and customsr must be preserved, even as we embrace progress. And so it was not entirley unexpected that any travel that involves me should have some element of drama. In the last year various mishaps have befallen me in the line of duty - from the mundacity of train delays (and the odd fire) to the exciting and new experience of riots outside my hotel ("The dark side of Libre Graphics" will make a full chapter in my autobiography).
I'm just packing my bags to head off to the above event in San Francisco. I'm not particularly looking forward to the trip, as I'll be spending 11 hours in the air with nothing to read except my passport. There are some nice pictures in there, but the plot is a bit thin.
In an effort to convince Future Publishing - the company that produces LXF - that Linux isn't scary, we're going to hold an "I Love Linux" day. We've snagged various laptops and workstations, installed a mix of Linux distros onto them, and on August 31st will setting them up in a meeting room and inviting anyone interested to come along and try it out. The question is, what would they like to see? Games? Web browsing and email stuffage? Office productivity? Or something that they don't already have on Windows? Send in your ideas...
Straight from Sun's PR agency:
Of course, they wouldn't say in the email or over the phone just what the announcement was, but I was told "you can put two and two together and make four".
I've been in London this weekend, so not much time for coding, although I did a teensy bit of work on MikeOS. It's been a while since I blogged about the status of my "streamlined e-business Web 3.0 platform" (ahem) project -- so here's an update. I think, with this entry, I might be able to convince Graham that writing an OS in x86 assembler is worthwhile! :-)
In my quest to think up more mini games for Brain Party, I've been looking at the old 8-bit consoles -- a top source of ideas for simple but still entertaining gamelets. Meandering around in Argos last weekend, I came across the N-Joypad, a dinky little battery powered 'TV game' device for the astonishing price of £9.99. Claiming to have 59 games on 'compact discs', the machine's box is plastered with screenshots of basic games with NES-ish graphics, and describes the 'awesome' entertainment contained inside.
Mike and I have had a busy weekend of... yes, you guessed it: programming! Brain Party is fantastically fun to work with, and, to a growing extent, fantastically fun to play too.
When I posted my last blog entry there were four mini games to play: colour sorting, Dance Dance Revolution, Whack-a-mole and Trout Blaster. It's now five days later and, my friends, we have fifteen minigames that are ready to play. That puts us over a quarter of our way towards our launch goal of fifty minigames!
That is a compliment indeed coming from Andrew Gregorian Chant Esq. Although I must admit, Mike does look great in his suit - more Don Corleone than Don Johnson I reckon. Mike also has a strange look in his eye that reminds me a little of the Rabbit of Caerbannog