Going to Boston

[Originally posted to my blog inside the Sun firewall and migrated later to blogs.sun.com]

To top off a hectic month, I'll be going to the X Developer's Conference next week in Cambridge, Mass. I'm looking forward to the break, but can't imagine the backlog when I get back. It's important to go though to make sure we have a voice in the roadmap for future X technologies and to make sure the community knows we're serious about being a part of the new X.org open source community. It will also be nice to finally put faces to all the voices from our con-calls and e-mails from putting the X11R6.7 release together, as well as to meet some people whose names I've seen for years.

A couple of people (Deron Johnson & Hideya Kawahara) from our Project Looking Glass team will be there to present our Project Looking Glass plans and start working with the people who have similar interests, such as Keith Packard and his Translucent Windows project which needs much of the same X server infrastructure. Other Sun people on the attendee list include Stuart Kreitman from my group, who was one of the core organizers of the new X.Org Foundation and is an member of the Interim Board of Directors; and Erwann Chénedé of Sun's JDS/GNOME team.

Besides the Project Looking Glass session, the sessions I'm most interested in are the security sessions - including a talk from one of the developers of the NSA SecureLinux work on "Fine Grained Access Control for X" and from Jim McQuillan and Ted T'so on "Network security and X". I'll try to blog here as much as I can from these sessions - especially if I can arrange for a laptop in time and get VPN on it. They are also supposed to be setting up audio feeds for those who want to listen but can't be there in person - I'll post info on those when I get some.

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