By Alanc-Oracle on Jan 04, 2005
After being gone for a week and a half, I've been digging out from under a deep pile of e-mail and RSS feeds...there's a bunch of good stuff in there though. Highlights:
- Advice to college students who want to become software engineers from Joel Spolsky's Joel on Software blog. I especially agree with the advice to learn to communicate well, though it is a mixed blessing - it seems I spend so much time answering questions, writing specs, attending meetings, and such, that I have little time for actual coding.
- Scott McNealy's Christmas Dream - makes you wonder why Scott doesn't have a blog, but then, if you can get a widely read online rag like The Reg to carry your musings as news stories, who needs a blog?
- Does Linux Have Game? - a discussion of why there aren't more games for Linux, including touching in part on ATI and nVidia's proprietary driver & OpenGL development.
- Blogs from Solaris community members outside Sun (actual users, sys-admins, and developers!), thanks to multiple reports in Jim Grisanzio's blog. While there's been a vibrant Solaris community for years, it's mostly been seen in Usenet newsgroups (comp.unix.solaris, alt.solaris.x86, comp.sys.sun.\*), mailing lists like firstname.lastname@example.org, projects like Blastwave, and more traditional websites like SunHelp, Solaris-X86.Org & Solaris Central. Blogging is starting to catch on though, as seen by community member blogs like:
- The SunFreeWare.COM blog by Steve Christensen
- The Trouble with Tribbles... by Peter Tribble (who I'm assured is not really a small fluffy, rapidly reproducing interstellar parasite)
- Schily's Blog by Jörg Schilling, author of star & cdrecord.
- /dev/random by John Weekley
- mountaller diary by Cyril Plisko
- The X.Org X11R6.8.2 Release Candidate 1 announcement from 6.8.2 Release Manager Roland Mainz. (I've already pulled it into our development branch for the Solaris Xorg server to start testing it here, and hope to get it into a Solaris 10 update release soon.)
- The X.Org 2005 Developer's Meeting announcement from Jim Gettys
- News on OpenGL video drivers for the Linux/Solaris market summarized by Ken Mays, via the Solaris x86 yahoogroups mailing list.
- Martin Hardee's report on changes to Sun's web sites in 2004 - while I don't do much website work any more, I still dabble an occasional bit, both on my wife's web site and on the Sun-internal website for the X engineering team, so I'm interested in seeing what the people who do it for real do.