"After a pretty uneventful flight, I drove the four
feet to the hotel and bumped into Ben in the lobby. Ben is the
leader of the gnulpr project, which is developing into an
interesting new spooler. He pointed me at the first-day
organization meeting in a conference room; after checking in I
dropped by with Till.
Assorted HP and IBM folks were wrapping up their presentation
preparation. We bumped into Patrick Powell of LPRng, and headed out
for a beer. Trivia du jour: the Wall Street Journal runs LPRng.
Evidently their plate making machines involve 7GB datasets and
funky load balancing tricks.
Bruce Perens made a showing; he gave a keynote centered largely
around patent issues, including mention of the current W3C
He also commented on the fact that HP and IBM are competing to
deliver better things for Linux; this is indeed interesting. This
year's conference is vastly more industrial in flavour; fewer
traditional free software projects are represented, and there is an
explicit focus here on standardization efforts and large company