29 Jan 2006 DV   » (Master)


3 months without any blogging, many things happened in the meantime, let's see what is actually still worth sharing

Xen and libvir

work wise, I shifted from desktop related stuff to Xen and virtualization of the OS. I'm very happy to be back into more core OS related stuff, Xen+Linux is a disruptive technology, it just need to be stabilized and integrated into the whole system interfaces, desktop included. I'm bootstrapping a new project libvir with the intent to provide no-brainer, stable APIs to use those new virtualization features. Currently only Xen is supported, the set of APIs is not complete, but this is promising and I really hope to be able to drive more than just the Xen engine. Much fun, lot of work ahead too !


As a result I'm less involved into GNOME, I'm not on the board anymore, I still think reducing the size was an error as there will be less manpower to tap into (I still didn't see the public minutes from the last board meeting), I wish the best to the new board and to the GUADEC team !

building stuff

I feel deep inside of me that I'm an engineer, I want to get stuff built correctly and used, software is great for that but it lacks the sense of a product, something you can touch, show, and use. That why I am so happy to have built my new kitchen, basically buying pieces of wood, planning how thing should assemble, cutting them, smoothing the angles, preparing the surfaces, drilling, glueing, assembling them, polishing the results... Took mee more than a month of my spare time plus a week of vacations, but I have built something real, that I use everyday (I do all my cooking), and which is exactly how I wanted it, that's very rewarding and compensates for the 'a bit too abstract' side of software.

Happy new Year

To our chinese friends !

Ekiga and Solution Linux

[update] I knew I forgot to post about something, first try Ekiga the replacement for Gnome Meeting, it is available into Rawhide, I made packages for Fedora Core 4 too, and while it was difficult sometimes to get GnomeMeeting working this version seems to fix the issue. Plus it's compliant with the SIP protocol, and should then allow access to a number of facilities associated with the standard.

I will also be at Solution Linux in Paris this week, presenting about Gnome (conference), and also about Xen (Red Hat booth),and will be around the Gnome booth too of course.

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