17 Oct 2005 bwh   » (Master)

Xara and Inkscape

A couple months ago the CEO from Xara contacted me about open sourcing Xara X (now called Xara Xtreme), and figuring out ways of working more closely with the Inkscape community. He made the case that it was better to collaborate than to compete. While I had some concerns, he sold me on the idea and so I lent him what advice I could.

Thus, I was quite thrilled to see Xara's announcement. The folks in Inkscape were a bit uncertain about the whole thing, so I encouraged the CEO, Charles Moir, to join the Inkscape list and discuss things directly with folks. It's been great the last few days seeing the discussions and ideas flow. It's exciting seeing things come together, people getting onto the same page, and concensus developing about development strategies.

I think the next year or two is going to be extremely exciting from a development point of view. This is going to be a fun trip to be part of!

MythTV - Success!

As Kees has blogged, we've both got our MythTV setups up and running.

Kees actually beat me to it by a long shot because first, he kicks ass, and second, because he was installing onto grungy old hardware while I was installing onto shiny new hardware that KnoppMyth just looks at and goes, "whadafah?"

So after 20 hours invested into KnoppMyth, I canned it and started over with Gentoo. Ahhh, gentoo. I was able to get all the drivers, services, and whatnot installed in a matter of a few hours. Finally finished things up today, scheduled some recordings, and life is good. :-)

I haven't spent as much time on the front end aspects like the remote and the beeboop noises and such, but that's only because my near term ambitions are a bit different - this is going to just be a backend system. I plan on spending a few weeks just sort of experimenting.

I do have to say that MythTV is not for the faint of heart; it's been a pretty good exercise of my Linux skills, especially when using newish hardware. I think if someone was to really polish up the installation experience it would open this to much bigger audience.

I'm really glad I got Kees so gung ho on it; he's figuring out ALL SORTS of nifty tricks, as I knew he would! ;-)

Bloxsom

Finally, this is likely to be my last post to Advogato, as I am starting to switch to Bloxsom. I've enjoyed being part of Advogato, but have sort of outgrown it; mainly I want more features like commenting. I also love how blosxom allows posting to be done through the commandline; finally I can do all my blogging in my favorite text editor. :-)

Anyway, in case anyone has actually enjoyed my rambling posts, you can add me to your aggregators at the following feed: http://www.bryceharrington.org/blosxom.cgi/index.rss

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