Douglas Coupland is a writer who always seems to have his finger on the pulse. The media call it capturing the zeitgeist (he’s probably sick of hearing that word). So his new book is out simply called ‘jPod’. I really wonder how much of it is accident or contrived at this point, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and order a copy.
If you read the news at all, you’ve likely seem many stories about the 20th anniversary (somehow doesn’t seem like the right word) since the Chernobyl nuclear accident in the former Soviet Union (now territory of Ukraine). I’d urge everyone to follow this link to an excellent photo essay at PixelPress on the subject, or more specifically on the human impact that continues today. Some of the pictures really did make me cry. It mentions in passing other less publicised accidents, and neclear testing done by the military. All leave a human and environmental trail of destruction that could take up to a millenium to clear.
Part 2 of a 2-part report. Part 1 is here.
Tuesday morning started for me in the ‘Using’ track with an interesting talk by Peter van der Linden on his adventures in partitioning and multiple installs. I thought I was doing well with a 3 distro boot system, but Peter got up to 33. Then he admitted that he uses Mac as his default desktop! Mac uses the EFI specification for booting, more details of which can be found here. Geoffrey Moore‘s keynote was next up, and the focus here was firmly where Desktop Linux fits in the business world, or more specifically into the broader product life cycle. Perhaps rather shockingly to the audience, Geoffrey said that Desktop Linux is becoming less and less relevant. The real innovation these days is in areas such as handhelds and VOIP, and users are choosing these devices more and more over the PC. We’re moving towards a more ‘cloud’ (Internet) based architecture, with multiple devices having access to the data. And a point raised in this talk, mirrored in other talks, is that the lack of standardisation is natural to Linux. Microsoft should not be used as a reference point, and diversity is its strength.
I was in San Diego earlier this week for the 4th Desktop Linux Summit, and gave a talk on Tuesday. Though I can’t compare with other years, the turnout and the buzz were good, and the content was excellent. There was a Main Session track, a Using Desktop Linux track, and a Future of Desktop Linux track. Usually I get distracted at conferences (especially if Mozilla developers are around), but made a point this time of attending as many talks as I could. Here’s my take on what happened based on the talks I attended.
Well if you do, you are not the only one! Check out Jeffrey Zeldman’s article – Web 3.0. Or for another amusing take on it, check out the wankr beta. Not quite my take on it, but an interesting one nonetheless.
Hype comes and goes. Bubbles fill up and burst. In the end, the cream of the crop will rise to the top. Any other cliches anyone?