Long time, no blog. Yes, I'm guilty. I admit it. I've been hunkering down, focusing on some project work, ramping up for the new year and trying to focus on coming up with some creative new initiatives.
I spent a few days down in Austin, TX meeting some of my remote colleagues face-to-face. Robert, Hayden, Tiffany, Helen, Kathy and others. I had a great time overall. It was great to see the IBM campus, get lost on Loop 1 several times, meet people I've only seen in email, and accomplish much more in-person than we could have ever done through email or phone calls. Put everyone in the room, lock the door, and let the brains and neurons heat up.
To summarize Austin in a few sentences:
1.) LOTS of driving, loooooong commutes
2.) Mediocre food and restaurants (but I didn't explore much)
3.) Very friendly people in every corner of the city
4.) Great weather all around! What? No snow?!
I'm from the Northeast, we invented
bad weather, bad driving, bad attitudes and bad spending habits. Austin was a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively.
As for the new initiatives, I can't tell you what they all
are yet, but they will be really interesting and engaging for everyone in the community; developers, users and other supporters. We're still building that "Linux on POWER Ecosystem" I've mentioned previously, and putting a lot of resources behind it to keep it "moving forward". We believe in it, and we're committed to it.
As Helen mentioned, there's a new'ish portal open now for public use at OpenPowerProject
, which has lots of links to resources and access to remote machines you can use to test-drive PowerPC/POWER architecture. There are a few new universities coming online along with the two pillars that have been there since the beginning; Augsburg and Peking. University of Portland
is also online and we're working on at least two more in Russia and India.
There's also quite a few new public events happening out in the community: OLS
, Linux Kongress
and others. We're trying to see what we can do (budget allowing, of course) to help support the community at these events, through either face-to-face meetings, BoFs, or outright presentations. If you've got any ideas we haven't thought of, throw them my way (email@example.com).
The other initiative that's getting off the ground, is the Linux on POWER Advisory Council. This has been a bit slow to get moving, and the legal entanglements aren't speeding things up, but it looks like all of the proposed candidates have accepted and are routing their paperwork back to us so we can get started.
The purpose of the "LoPAC" as I affectionately call it, is to help us oversee the various materials, collateral and initiatives we're targeting to deliver or publish in the community to make sure we're conveying the right message.
There's a lot more to it that I can't go into, but you can be sure we're taking their ideas, and the suggestions of the broader community, to heart. Each candidate represents a country of interest, including the US, Uk, Germany, Japan and Brazil. We may add additional countries and members if the need grows, but this should work for now. Baby steps.
The holidays are upon us, and that means working double-time to get things done, closed-off, signed-off, and in-progress before the new year begins. 2006 promises to be a very "interesting" (and I say that lightly) year with IBM, Linux, technology in general, and the rest of our friends and competition.