miércoles may 31, 2006

Thanks all, it was fun all the time.

Leaving Sun is possibly the most difficult decision that a Sun employee may ever make. Sun is not just a great company, but "The Great Company".

Sun has changed the world. A few years ago the data centers at many customers were a nightmare to maintain. It's Sun technology and innovation that has changed that. Java has made things easier. So has N1. So has Solaris. So has dtrace. So have all the different technologies and standards Sun has created during all these years. And, wait, there's more to come. Don't ever doubt it. Now, possibly now more than ever, Sun is changing the world.

And I have been lucky enough to be able to see that change. To actively participate in that change. To help Sun customers build systems that remain years after release, and that are flexible enough to accept new technologies and standards.

And during this travel I have been lucky enough to enjoy working with Great People. People that changes the world with their daily work.

It has been my pleasure to work with you all, guys. Thanks all for making Sun the greatest place to work at (and the toughest place to leave).

It's time for me now to start new personal and professional projects. The best of it is that I may be collaborating with you all, so I'll still be able to work with the best professionals in the world.

Thanks all, for everything,
Antonio

miércoles feb 15, 2006

Moving... and furnishing!

I'm moving !!. I don't own five computers as Jonathan does, but I'm a traveller. So it's difficult (and heavy) to carry all my stuff around the country countries. Keeping in synch my office computer, my laptop and any other computer I use is too much a hassle.

I've decided to store everything in my my virtual home, antonioshome.net and try to carry with me as less as possible.

So that's one of the reasons why I've been a little bit quiet lately. Another one is that I've been doing some research (more in this later) and, well, of course, overloaded with work. I hope you understand (and forgive me for not posting).

I'm still furnishing this virtual home (you know: I hate moving ;-)), so bear with me meanwhile.

I'll try to post here too, but I've a blog at home (quite cute, a PHP one!). And keeping two blogs in sync is too much overhead. So if you're interested in participating in my new blog please update your bookmarks.

And if you have any suggestions on new rooms for antonio's home, then please just let me know.

Thanks,
Antonio

miércoles dic 28, 2005

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!! I wish you all a Happy New Year 2006. I'll be unplugged for some days (Xmas break :-)), but couldn't resist wishing you a Happy New Year!!!

I would also like to thank all people that have contributed comments. It's these people that are making this an interesting place. Thanks everybody!!

As a new year resolution, I'll try to make this blog a little more active. By the way, would you like to see something in particular addressed here, then please just let me know.

My best wishes,
Antonio

lunes dic 05, 2005

Fighting Windows, fighting Linux

Arf, arf, arf! What a pair of weeks!

I'm sorry I haven't posted lately. Too busy traveling to Sevilla and installing Linux.

The fact is that I have a new computer at home and, of course, I wanted to install Linux on it. That's what I've been doing during some of my spare time these last two weeks. And it has kept me very busy indeed!. I now have a working system. Let me explain the whole nightmare I've been suffering trying to do that, just for you to be aware of this (and, well, for my records so I don't make the same mistakes in the future)...

Windows? No thanks. Where's my money?

This computer was sold with a preinstalled Windows partition on the hard disk. The rest of the hard disk is NTFS formatted, you you're stuck with it. There exists a Windows CD, but you cannot use it if you erase that (hidden) partition on the hard disk. Peculiar. They're selling me a CD that does not work. Or, you can see it this way too, they're selling me a 100Gb hard disk that I cannot fully use.

I don't think this is legal. I know this is legal in Germany. But I don't think it's legal here in Spain. I'll try to contact someone in the European Union since I see this as a direct attack (from Microsoft) to the freedom of choice of operating systems. This is probably a trick from Microsoft to make it difficult for users to install Linux.

Although it seems there're ways to extract that Windows from your hard disk to a CD, I didn't do that. I just formatted the whole hard disk. Within 15 minutes of owning the box. After all I own another Windows CD from a previous computer (that I've definitely installed aftewards on my box). How does that feel, Microsoft? Your tricks are not working with me, guys. You cannot stop me from installing Linux in my box and from installing previous copies of Windows onto my new brand computer (Microsoft is welcome to sue me because of this, of course). I don't mind if Microsoft hides your operating system on a NTFS partition. I think I'll try to sue Microsoft in some European Union place later on.

Linux, going the Microsoft way?

I've posted, a long time ago, about what I think it's one of the main Linux problems: the lack of uniformity, distribution fragmentation and, most worrying, vendor lock-in. Let me explain my experiences with all the different distributions I've tried out.

Mandrake 10.1... where's my CD-ROM?

As a previous Mandrake user I wanted to try to install Mandrake 10.1. That was my first choice. The fact is that Mandrake 10.1 didn't install. It correctly booted from the DVD-ROM but, after booting the kernel, it told me it couldn't find... the DVD-ROM!! I was astonished! I couldn't believe it. Well, I assume this new box is using SATA and Mandrake 10.1 is probably too old to correctly recognize my new box. So I moved onto latest...

Mandriva 2006 RC1: trying to lock me in, guys? No way!

... to the latest Mandriva 2006 RC1. I just burned the CD1 (just to give it a try). Installation was not bad. Anyway they should improve that. I couldn't "go back" to recheck whatever I entered in the previous screens. That's bad from a distribution you're supposed to pay for. Installation should allow you to "go back" and review whatever options you entered. But, anyway, I kept on going with it and installed it on my hard disk. During the installation phase I couldn't add another partitions I had there. So after the install I could only boot Mandrake. That's bad. I couldn't stand it. Mandriva installation should detect automatically whatever other bootable partitions I have there and include them in my "grub" menu for me to choose at boot time. But I could only boot Mandrake. I mean Mandriva. I tried to use the install CD-ROM as a rescue disk to boot another partition but I couldn't. So, to summarize: after installing Mandriva 2006 RC1 I could only boot Mandriva. Trying to lock me in, guys? No way!. I removed Mandriva from my hard disk and decided to try out...

Suse 10 Evaluation Version: But, where're my compilers?

I could get my hands on a Suse 10 evaluation version. Good. I've always heard good things about Suse. And wanted to experiment whatever Novell has been doing with Suse after they adquired it. The installation process was the best one I've ever seen in a Linux distro. I would say it's even better than a Windows installation process. Both for novice and for expert users. I could choose partitions with the mouse. It also detected my other bootable partitions (several other linux distros) and included them in the "grub" menu for me to choose at boot time. Good.

But, to my surprise, the evaluation version didn't include the GCC compiler. I mean, it includes no compilers at all. And I didn't know how to install them. The administration tool (they call it "yast") didn't allow me to choose a C compiler.

So the evaluation finished. Well, of course! How is it I am expected to evaluate a Linux distribution that contains no compilers? Ha! No way, guys. Novell has done a good job in the installation process, but trying to lock me in by giving me no compilers is a bad trick. No way. Suse's evalutation version had to be deleted from my hard disk too.

Slackware 10.2

The very first version of Linux I tried out was Slackware. Once upon a time it was the only Linux distribution on the planet, I think. So I burned a Slackware 10.2 CD-ROM (the first CD out of 5, I think) and booted from it. A text installation was presented to me and, sorry guys, I just removed the CD-ROM. That easy. I didn't even pass the very first screen.

Kubuntu 5.10... and Kubuntu 5.04

So my next try was the recently released Kubuntu 5.10. I burned (just another) CD with it and, well, it hang at boot time. It seems the box contains a brand new sound card that's not fully supported by Linux. (In fact none of the linux distros could make any sound at all). This is an Intel High Definition Audio card (alsa 1.0.10 is including drivers for this card but they're having all sort of problems at the moment). Which is a very good card, by the way.

So since 5.10 didn't work I moved onto my old 5.04. The one I was using. The one I'm running now. The one I'll be using in the future.

So, to summarize

I don't really like wasting time doing Linux installations. But this was a good chance for me to evaluate the status of these different distros. I wanted to know how well they were going. Commercial vendors (Mandriva, Novell) didn't do very well and, from my opinion, wanted to lock-me in their distributions. But, why is this so? Are they becoming Microsoft like? Isn't it ashaming trying to lock-in people into their distributions? Using free software?

And, as a summary, kernel 2.6 is not as sound as I expected it to be. The box keyboard bounces as mad if I plug-in an USB mouse. It seems that bug comes from the new input mechanism they've included in 2.6. So you have to modprobe psmouse rate=40 to solve it. Weird. I know the Linux kernel is growing bigger and bigger, so I assume it's becoming more and more difficult to manage. And I understand it when Linus warns about last-minute check-ins into the kernel. There's a difference between a bazaar and a mess. Well done, Linus.

So, to summarize: Kubuntu won the competition. I like Kubuntu's freedom. It does not try to lock-me in. Full of compilers for me to choose from. I like it being Debian based (to me Debian is probably the most sound, most free, most capable Linu distribution, but it's somewhat slow for my linkings in the GUI area). Kubuntu combines the power of Debian with a nice user interface (and easy installation).

(So, Antonio, please remember: do not ever experiment any more with Linux distros and go straight into the newest Kubuntu release).

OpenSolaris, Kubuntu (and, well, Windows just in case. I'll probably install Windows as a VMWare image in the future, so I can install and reinstall as soon as it gets full of spies and viruses and the like).

Time for two holiday days here in Spain. With a working (silent ;-)) box at my fingertips.

Cheers,
Antonio

sábado oct 08, 2005

The importance of it all

A person close to me passed by last monday after a long illness. Death is there waiting for us all, but comes and visits us from time to time.

Reactions to these events vary wildly between different personalities. Mine, for instance, makes me remember about the good moments with him. And makes me realize about the importance of Happiness.

I think that Happiness, as Death, comes and visits us from time to time. Little hidden visits. Simple moments around. Those I remember with him. One needs some training to be able to see these. And enjoy them.

His family and friends know that he knew this, and that he applied it: he detected these visits and enjoyed them. He was as happy as he possibly could.

We all will now miss him. And we will try to learn from him too.

As Mark Twain said,

Happiness is a Swedish sunset -- it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it.

viernes sep 09, 2005

A new look and feel for my blog

I decided to change the look and feel of my blog. I am not very good at HTML design, but I don't really like all those "div" stuff in my HTML pages, so I decided to change as much as I can. I like simple things. I am fighting our blogging system to have something simple delivered to you.

I'll be changing things periodically from now on, so if you see something weird please let me know (and bear with me!).

Have a good weekend,
Antonio

domingo jul 24, 2005

Relax - Ria de Arousa

I'm not very good at taking photos. Anyway I decided to post this one taken at "Ría de Arousa", in Galicia, northwest Spain. That's the place were I was born, and one of those I visited during holidays.

Ria de Arousa

Rías are similar to fiords in Sweden, but less deep. This is, basically a valley that slowly enters the sea. Nice places to enjoy sea life. And, of course, to enjoy seafood as well ;-) !!

You can learn more about Galicia, if you like.

jueves jun 10, 2004

A Galician swinger ;-)

As a native Spanish and Galician speaker I have trouble with english from time to time. It gets worse with slang (and with my age ;-) ).

I've been speaking english for quite a long time now (more than 15 years: I'm getting old); but anyway I get stuck with english from time to time.

As I like Swing decided that Swinger was a good nickname for blogging.

Cool.

Now I happened to do some more research at Google and found the definition not to be as good as expected.

Well, I think it's quite funny. Isn't it? :-D

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