Arrival at 10:00AM
I first began my tour of the exhibition. It’s always difficult for me as I try to do all the rows in order, so that I can look at new firms coming, and new projects appearing.
Among the big exhibitors where Sun, Novell, a Nantes Alliance of multiple small companies, Ubuntu. No Red Hat, no HP. Too bad for us, as it could be a way to pass messages around our Services capabilities (especially with the EDS merge, and the new G6 running LInux, and , and and …) Even not present on a partner booth.
But of course, after 15 years in Open Source in France, and 9 events on 10 attended, I cannot go very far without meeting with someone I know and passing at least 20 minutes having news ! (of course, that’s why I love coming, as those fce to face meetings reinforce the links developped during the years). Even if it’s just a hello, a shake hands, and not as long, it’s always nice to see all those people you know and follow their evolution.
Passing on the second row, I found a new firm Qualixo.com developing an Open Source framework for qualimetry called Squale. Interestingly enough, their structure mimics the one of Fossology: a core with agents around, a hiereachical tree analysis of results. Except that their Web interface is much more developed, so that in fact Fossology should consider interact with them and insert its tools inside the framework, and thus benefit from an existing strong environment on which it didn’t focus up to now. People were very interested and ready to cooperate on this. Outside from that, their tool looks very interesting, filling a gap in the FLOSS ecosystem, and promised to a brilliant future IMO.
I think that I met with Aful/Racketiciel people after that. Of course, when they saw my HP badge, they came straight to complain about the forced sell of Windows on our machines, and said it was simple to de-couple. So I give them an overview of what it represents in term of complexity to touch a production process for us, the costs it implies, the lack of incentives to do it. I concluded that the best way to make the landscape evolve, would be a EU law, such as what has been done for the ROHS systems recently, now also applied in the US (whch benefit from an ecologic measure -:). Other technical proposals they made were in fact impractical, very costly, creating too much change that the production will never adopt like that… As long as Windows represnts 95% of desktops, no progress can be expect. So works needs also to be done in parallel to promote Linux based desktop solutions, large parks migrations in enterprises and public sector, … Good and honest discussion that hopefully will help each other understand better.
Some shake hands later, was time to lunch, this time with Anne and Erwan (again) and Daniel Veillard (Red Hat), base din Grenoble like me, that I had met for the first time, … just the week before 😉 Very interesting discussion and anecdotes on virtualization, gcc, kernel, …
The afternoon, I had again a conferenec to deliver on Open Source Governance, in the track of the same name that I opened. The track was managed by Jean-Pierre Laisne (OW2) and Pascal Pujo (Atos Origin), and it was the 1st of April so we had some good jokes between ourselves and the assistace in order to make them understand the serious aspect of Governance 😉 It was a rather numerous assistance with good questions and interest.
My presentation was followed by the one of Raphael Semeteys (Atos Origin) on QSOS, method to explicit the level of quality of FLOSS projects based on customizable metrics. The project has suffered from an internal development at Atos, nd is now looking for more contributions (Having already 83 projects catagorized). Interesting technque, seems to be the only one remaining alive in this camp, but from the description, seems that entry point is a bit high, so that could explain the lack of contribs. Projects is planning evolutions to allow for more contributors to work with it.
A user experience was hen given by Didier Durand (Publicitas), showing how they drastically spared millions of FCH by migrating from Mainframe to Linux/Xeon, writing tools to automatically migrate 4 Millions lines of code, that they then Open Sourced to help others in the same situation. I had already seen that presentation at the RMLL 2008, and found it so exemplar that I pushed for it to be included during our preparation sessions. Examplar also in the way the firm insisted on keeping the people in charge of the Mainframe in place, dealt with the necessary trainings (+ 1 hiring) in order for everybody to stay on board. Excellent IMO.
The last presentation on Project Governance was delivered by Laurent Sollier (Atos Origin) and lead to a big controvers with the attendees, my self included ! THe error of the presenter was to focus in his talk around risks, problems and annoyances, generating a feeling of fear among the attendance. He just forgot to mention that a system integrator like Atos is just there to minimize those risks in front of end customers and msk the complexity by provifing the right plan. The discussion continued long after the end of the talk !! Discussing those topics with someone from the Education Ministery, we went (kindly invited by Jean-Pierrre Laisne) to the aperitif organised by OW2, where I also met with Great pleasure with Rodrigue Le Gall (who worked formely in the same Center as I) and who is now fully involved in the Bonita project. Expect great news soon around it 😉
I also met there Pascal Terjan (Mandriva) and some other folks which invited me to join the Mandriv dinner at the Flam’s. After all, as I’m (modestly) contributing, was just a good opportunity to discuss with this distribution community and so we moved. I pssed the dinner with Pascal, Arnaud Patar, the RMLL09 president, and other folks (Nanardon, Guillomovith, Anne …)
Back to the hotel at 1:00AM, time to read mail, but no new idea to code, so a bit of reading instead 😉 and sleep at 2:30AM