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21 May 2004 (updated 21 May 2004 at 14:07 UTC) »


Just my point of view on this whole issue. Disclaimer: I'm a total retard with respect to patent/legal stuff, and I do not work for any company.

It seems to me that the chances of getting in 'trouble' when I would be developing on/using Mono seems to be a lot bigger than when I for example hack on my pet project libwpd. Corel here ensures me that I won't run into trouble as long as I add the following disclaimer: "Note that libwpd is not manufactured, approved, or supported by Corel Corporation or Corel Corporation Limited". I can live with that.

The day I get a letter from any big company located in Redmond related to some currently imaginary OSS project I'm working on, I'll stop hacking on it immediately. I don't have a company backing me up like Nat, Havoc and others have. Keep in mind that there are still 'stand-alone' hackers out there working on GNOME (related things). We can't afford being sued.

I want to concentrate on having fun producing (usable) code; I do not want to run into potential legal problems, and it seems to me that the Mono path is more dangerous than a project like Abiword or libwpd. If only MS would say they'd let us have our fun as long as we tell the world: "Note that Mono is not manufactured, approved, or supported by Microsoft Corporation".


Nat: Lucene itself is actually quite nice indeed. I wrote the search functionallity using Lucene for the Content Management system that ASML (the company who makes lithography systems for Intel and the like) for example is using for their website.

Just wondering: why writing all the different filters again, when we already wrote them for AbiWord? AbiWord can even be used as a file format convertion daemon (non-graphical of course): dump a document to it and let AbiWord convert it to anything you like; plain text for example, so Lucene can index it! That would give you instant indexing/search capabilities for document formats such as Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect (complaints to me when a documents does not convert :), superb RTF support (only MS Word itself has better support for RTF, really), and a lot more. How nice would that be?

That reminds me: I should finally put an initial AbiWord SDK in our CVS and on our homepage, so everyone can see how easy it in fact is! Maybe tonight...


Finally got AbiWord v2.0.7 officially released, after building some RPMs, writing the release notes and creating the changelog, yay :) Maybe I should do a v2.1.3 release soonish as well...


Still not sure if I'm going this year; my g/f can't come since she has to work, and my financial situation is about as good as the stability of the Mozilla M8 release. Maybe I should just go: I used Mozzie M8 as well :)

5 May 2004 (updated 5 May 2004 at 01:29 UTC) »

We got abisource.com finally back online, with hub putting a lot of time in restoring all our services. Rock! The University of Twente was kind enough to let us host all our services there, such as cvs, www and bugzilla. We only need to restore our mailing lists now...

Yesterday, me and my gf explored some parts of the Real World, and visited this artifical-tropical-environment-zoo-like place called Burgers' Zoo. The 'rain-forrest' is all indoors, with animals running freely around. It's pretty neat, especially considering that the most topical thing in the Netherlands would be a cow.

2 May 2004 (updated 3 May 2004 at 00:23 UTC) »

It seems that the nice Windows Viri running around these days are finally targetting the OSS movement as well. Yesterday our server hosting http://abisource.com, Abiword's developer cvs and Abiword's mailing lists has been taken offline: it generated more traffic than the network hosting the box could handle properly.

The maximum amount of traffic generated was around 40Mbit/sec. Quite a lot was most likely caused by the virus mails. Of course we block such mails, but you can't keep them from incoming...

About 11 months ago we added a mirror server to abisource.com for these kinds of events and is kindly hosted by the University of Twente (this is the University where I'm working on my thesis on the subject of Real-Time schedulers; in particular I'm studying/improving/implementing the EDFI and DMI scheduling algorithms in RT-Linux). By switching our services from our main server to this mirror, we hope to restore our services as soon as possible.

... and as you can see, I'm added to planet.gnome.org now, thanks Jeff!

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