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Linux and Main: Men at Work: The Ximians in Their Aerie

Sep 10, 2002, 22:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"The tall art deco building in Boston's Fenway neighborhood could easily be a courthouse, or some other seat of power. Signs in its windows proclaim "the awakening of the slumbering giant."

"If power can be described as the encapsulation of energy, power does reside there. And if the giant can be thought of as awakening for the first time, it's all perfectly consistent. For in this renovated relic of the first half of the 20th century resides Ximian, Inc.

"The offices are not as one imagines but instead as one dared not hope them to be--almost movie-set hackerdom with such corporate accoutrements as are absolutely necessary. Here is a big room, plumbing and air ductwork covering much of the ceiling, Brazil-style. In the third of it unencumbered by cubicle dividers arranged to provide both private workspace and openness, there are beanbag chairs, tall stools and cafe tables, and a couch, arranged in no particular fashion. The lights are not on. ('On Fridays we have a group lunch, and one of the teams makes a presentation,' the visitor is told. 'That's why it's dark.') Here and there, wiring that would be ceiling lights of some sort dangles from the neo-industrial architecture above. They have no bulbs and, strangely, look better that way..."

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