On discovering Linux (possibly):
The sky turns white it all becomes clear
They felt lifted from their fears
They shed tears in the light
After 6 dark years
Young bold soldiers, the fire burns
Cracks and smoulders
(Copyright Mike Skinner, probably)
[CC, Pieter Baert]
… and Mike S
I was excited to discover in the Observer's 'Woman' supplement yesterday that they are producing a version of LXF's very own Anatomy of a Geek Desktop feature from the back page of the magazine! There's a nice colour photograph of an office, a picture of said desktopee, and interesting-looking captions. Imitation is the sincerest form and all that.
The Friday feeling has arrived early to LXF Towers. With Mike, Paul, Effy and Graham all out of the office, we can abandon the pretence of working hard and muse instead, "would we all die if the moon wasn't there?" (Gregory saw a partial eclipse of the Harvest moon last night and pondered what if the sky wolf had eaten it completely.) (I don't know what wolf he is talking about.)
MikeOS 0.22 now has basic support for running DOS COM programs. I've successfully run the same 'Hello world' binary on Windows XP and MikeOS, without modification. Even better, it means that MikeOS can now play an old obscure version of Tetris:
This is a significant step in the development of MikeOS, as it allows enterprises to leverage their existing IT infrastructure, and maintain compatibility with legacy applications.
Yes folks, the moment you've all been waiting for is here. The future has become the past: experience tomorrow yesterday with MikeOS 0.20. Can your PC handle the raw power? Well, if you've got an x86 with half a meg of RAM and a floppy drive, you should have more than enough.
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).