OOoCon 2006, Lyon: Tuesday
The main conference started today. The first talk was conducted by chief of our conference hosting
organization, INSA Lyon. It was followed by two keynotes - the first one was done by Debra Anderson,
CIO Novell, Inc. She was speaking about successful migration of Novell employees to their own "Ready
to Go!" (ninja-chameleon
desktop GNU/Linux distribution called SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop or whatever that shortcut
means). The demos (video and pictures) were quite impressive. I especially like the ninja-chameleon!
Where can we download it? I'd like to have that animation on my next desktop! (unfortunately I only
use laptops ;-).
The second keynote was performed by Zaheda Bhorat from Google, Inc. She was speaking about Google's
past (I like the picture of several *old* machines located at Stanford university), present (Google
Summer of Code, usage of Open Source technologies and Google's contributions to various OSS
projects), and the future of Google. Really impressive. Looking for OSS job? Ask Google!
The third presentation I have seen was Louis' "Year 6". Nice summary of the recent and also not so
recent stuff. Two interesting points in his presentation I strongly agree with: we are still missing
regional development groups. The global development cooperation works very well, but we have to
introduce something similar on the local level. Do you have any ideas how to do that in practice?
Local dev. conferences, tutorials? Another good point was about marketing: we should start to market
our product (and our project as well) actively
(very easy to say so, hard way to do it at the
Mathias Bauer's presentation is always refreshing - keywords: APIs, UNO, framework, filters,
components, controllers and views :-)
After the past experiences with the meal in restaurants in Lyon we have chosen to visit the global
monopolist of the fast food market. Nothing interesting (with one small exception...). The same
meal as in other restaurants around the world, the same quality of the meal... No surprises (how can
you buy something when the global monopolists' front men/women can't speak English?). Actually one
surprise: you have to type the code "A52 48" on the keyboard before entering the toilet (it could be
problematic in some cases ;-)!
Back to Eric's presentation on Mac OS X native port status. Quite good. Thanks Eric!
In the meantime, the development milestone SRC680_m184 was released thus I downloaded it, updated my
build system and started to synchronize it to the ftp.linux.cz server. I have to continue on
Wednesday morning. I also had to continue with aquavcl01 cleanup and merging of non-aqua stuff back.
Michael Bemmer was talking about the achievements of Sun Hamburg team in the past and also about
their plans to the near future. Interesting. We often forget to thank Sun and especially to Sun
Hamburg team. Thanks!
The I had to prepare my own presentation about the OpenOffice.org development model and build of
OpenOffice.org source code.
Quite quick meeting with all l10n leads and co-leads (dl, coni, erack, pjanik) about the future of
Dan decided to test the temperature of the river near the INSA campus...
Back to the hotel and to the city center to do some shopping. We all wonder when French people do
their shopping if everything is closed at 8pm... Only the global monopolist had working wifi very
late in the evening... Fipa had to check all Apple news from their media meeting. No MacBook Pro
with Intel Core 2 Duo processors yet, maybe next week... Anyone else waiting? ;-)