Bruce Perens speaks on Thursday morning.
His LinuxWorld lecture dealt with the issue of quid-pro-quo for
members of the open source development community. He attempted (over
the protests of hard-wired suits and money-minded Wall Street types)
to explain why open source developers do and will continue to work for
free. He deftly explained the many ways open source programmers
benefit from their efforts.
The conference session was titled Meme Hacking for Fun and Profit. A lot of "suits" showed up to listen to what Eric had to say but many of them just could not understand how going open source could be a smart thing.
True to his religious devotion to the open source revolution,
Raymond's lecture aimed to make open source enthusiasts into open source
Raymond gave clear, concise arguments and suggested approaches to
corporate decision makers to use and/or develop open source products.
Gimp 1.2 News
A couple of the Gimp folks show the latest Gimp technology.
Most of the features found in Adobe Photoshop version 5 will be available in Gimp 1.2.
Some of the exciting new features we'll see in Gimp 1.2 include a smudge tool, a dodge/burn tool, and better transforms, gradients, and palletes.
Some of the new filters will include GFlare, Gimpressionist (very cool!), NewsPrint, GAP (Gimp Animation Plugin), and Sphere Designer.
If you're less than satisfied with the Script-Fu scripting language available in Gimp, you'll be happy to know you'll be able to write scripts in Python and Perl!
Plus, there will be better support for graphics tablets as well.
The Gimp project is looking for Mac programmers to help port the
project to MacOS (may be easier once MacOS X is mainstay).
More Expo Stuff
Doran posing with a couple of the lovely FreeBSD devilettes.
Chadd participating in a TurboLinux booth skit.
There were a lot of exhibitors showing off hardware and/or software products which deal with Linux clustering -- connecting two or more Linux systems together and configuring them to behave as one system. Some of the world's fastest supercomputers are just many Linux machines clustered together. TurboLinux's TurboCluster is a Linux distribution designed for clustering.
Cross-platform development tools did not seem as prevalent this year as they were last year, but there were still some vendors showing off their products which let you develop software for Linux, Windows and other platforms concurrently.
Java on Linux is definitely a bigger deal this year.