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).
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...