Linuxworld wrapup

I spent a fair amount of time this week at Linuxworld. It was pretty much what you’d expect from a trade show: very business oriented and vaguely annoying. As I have little interest in “leveraging Linux in the enterprise”, I found that most of the talks, presentations, and exhibitors didn’t really have anything for me.

I went to a couple of the keynotes, but they weren’t all that interesting. Mike Shaver of the Mozilla Foundation gave one, but it wasn’t nearly as interesting as the informal Mozilla birds of a feather meeting I attended the day before. They talked a good deal about the direction Firefox is going and some of the upcoming changes we’ll see in the 1.5 release and beyond. It was interesting to hear this directly from the source rather than just reading it on the web. The informality was nice, as it allowed for lots of questions. The BoF meeting with Slashdot’s CmdrTaco was pretty good too. He talked about his experiences running the site and some of the upcoming changes, particularly a new moderation system and the upcoming CSS-based layout they’ve developed to replace their current 1997-era HTML 3.2 tag soup. He also made fun of the more annoying types of /. readers, talked about his hate mail, and confirmed that he doesn’t really care about poor spelling and grammar and duplicate stories.

I came back with a few freebies. I could have gotten more but I a) don’t like going around asking for stuff, and b) don’t want most of that junk anyway. I got a red Redhat hat (a baseball cap, not a fedora, unfortunately), a couple Redhat lick-and-stick tattoos, and a SuSE cap and plush Geeko from Novell.

One of the highlights of the event was seeing a toaster running NetBSD, which was also featured yesterday on Slashdot. As the guy at the NetBSD booth explained, it’s not just a hollowed out toaster with a computer crammed inside, but an actual functioning toaster. The computer controls the toasting time and temperature.