Busy solstice week

I haven't had time to blog much recently, beyond penning a quick response to some speculation about Sun's desktop future. Some jokers on slashdot were even claiming we were dropping GNOME. Surely anyone reading this blog knows that not everything they read on the internet is true!

Shortly after GUADEC we had a mini-reunion of globe-trotting Sun desktop engineers here in Ireland. I enjoyed seeing gman and Yippi and others again. Gman lives in the country where Hobbits, Trolls and other creatures were filmed for Lord of the Rings. Yippi lives not far from my grandfather's home town of Ohlman, Illinois (Population 0.)1 Yippi gave me some tips on taking the Irish driving exam (next time I'll remember to watch "The Dukes of Hazard") and he gave me a quick refresher on how to use Sun's collect tools for detailed user and kernel time profiling of functions and lines of code. I would highly recommend this tool for anyone interested in performance. So far I've only looked at the behaviour of the resize benchmark in various themes, but I'll publish more if I find something interesting to GNOMErs. As Calum noted, the fact that we're spending more time on the Solaris desktop could help us contribute more to the GNOME community. Yippi first demonstrated forte collect and the analyzer GUI shortly before our team was tasked to focus almost exclusively on JDS linux where these tools don't exist, so some of us had forgotten about them. Before I forget, I also wanted to point out Richard McDougall's article's on using dtrace and vmstat for memory analysis. That's about all the news I have at the moment.

1Anyone who has read Huckleberry Finn or seen "Oh Brother, where art thou?" would have some understanding of my Grandpa Delmar's south midwestern accent, expressions and humor.

. . . there warn't anybody at the church, except maybe a hog or two, 
for there warn't any lock on the door, and hogs likes a puncheon 
floor in summer-time because it's cool. If you notice, most folks 
don't go to church only when they've got to; but a hog is different.
   --Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. 
   --Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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