Italy Takes the Cup, Lotus Notes Gets Penguified
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Well, my hats are off to the Italians, and my condolences go out to the French. It was a well fought battle, and despite Zidane's headbutting incident in overtime, I was pretty much on pins and needles the entire World Cup finals match.
To be sure, I watched a lot of football the last four weeks. If there's one thing I learned about watching soccer matches on my Time Warner digital video recorder, it's that you must always record at least the next 2 or 3 scheduled shows after the one you're watching if you want to be sure and catch two overtimes and a penalty kick-off. On more than one occasion during this year's tournament, I missed the endings of games that went into overtime because the Time Warner time slot expired before the game was over. Doh!
A remedy for those World Cup football die-hards going into withdrawal...know that you can reminisce via video highlights here on the FIFA site. FIFA and Yahoo did a nice job of providing 2-3 minute highlight reels of most every game where you can relive the best and the worst moments of the 2006 tournament. Now if they could just build in a "Groundhog Day" feature.
Speaking of creatures in the animal kingdom, and entirely away from the soccer pitch, our own Lotus guru Ed Brill tells us that Lotus Notes is donning a black and white penguin suit. Cel-e-brate good times, c'mon!
Lotus Notes on Linux 7.0.1, which was built based on the Eclipse open-source framework, will soon provide IBM customers around the globe a Notes client running on Linux.
The new version will be available on July 24, and will no longer require IBM Workplace but rather be a stand-alone Lotus Notes on Linux client.
Judging from the comments thus far on Ed's blog, customers are receiving the Notes/Penguin marriage with great enthusiasm. And, they also seem to be pleased with our delivering this -- as well as other -- code on or ahead of schedule.
Ben Langhinrichs wrote that "It is amazing to see how IBM manages to keep releasing software ahead of schedule while some other companies can't seem to ever release it on time (and sometimes can't seem to release it even late). IBM has come a long way since the days when it routinely announced vaporware, and has earned a lot of healthy respect for its ability to release regularly and promptly. Well done!"
Ben, please know that our developers are treated humanely and are allowed out for exercise every few days.
Another blog commenter, Paul Mooney, indicated that "This is fantastic news...and really starts to push the argument for Linux desktops. Brilliant!"
Lotus Notes on Linux stirring up a march of the corporate penguins?!? Say it ain't so, Batman!...Be sure and stay tuned to the Ubuntu desktop for the latest release nearest you!