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Crane Lake 2008

Just got back from a wonderful trip to Crane Lake, MN.  Did some fishing, boating, hiking, exploring, and hanging out with friends and family.

Placed my first Geocache up there: Tall Man of Crane Lake.

Pictures are posted to Flickr.  Here are a few samples:


Mike, Melissa and me at the Crane Lake Voyageur statue


Sand Point Lake, just through the narrows


Look for the face in the rock


Goodbye Novell, Hello VMware

I’ve been severely neglecting this site the past several months with everything going on.  Moving is about my least favorite thing on earth, and as if that wasn’t enough, I resigned from Novell at the end of December to take a job at fast-growing virtualization giant VMware.  Leaving Novell was something I agonized over for many months, but when the VMware opportunity came along, I just couldn’t turn it down.  Novell was a great place to work, and the company was very good to me over 8-plus years.  I will miss many of my former colleagues.

My job at VMware is similar – I’m a Senior Systems Engineer, but now focused exclusively on working with Chicago area customers, which is nice.  No more airline or hotel status after this year!

It’s been an interesting transition so far – down to the little things like switching from GroupWise to Outlook and Exchange, which I’ve never used in a company before.  After 3-4 years of running exclusively a Linux desktop, I’m now having to learn how much Windows sucks all over again.  I’m working on that part – I think I’ll either switch back to SLED, or take the Mac plunge.

You’ll probably see my posts focusing more on VMware and virtualization now, and less on Linux, although I’m proud to say I’m still running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 at home.  Of course, it’s now virtuallized by VMware ESX Server 3.5.  More on that later.


BlackBerry Charging in Linux!

The fact that I couldn’t plug my BlackBerry device into a USB port on my laptop running Linux and have it charge really bugged me, and a whole lot of other people. A few weeks ago, I discovered the Barry project, a small part of which is bCharge, which tells the BlackBerry to request the correct power setting on the USB port, avoiding the dreaded message about insufficient power for charging. The latest version adds support for the Pearl and 8800 devices.

I used the openSUSE Build Service to create RPMs for SLED 10 and openSUSE 10.2. They are in my home repository here.


Novell and Microsoft

I have to say I was as shocked as anyone when word started leaking out yesterday that Novell (NOVL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were set to announce some sort of alliance. After watching the webcast it seems to fit very well with what Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian has been all about since he came to Novell. Ted Haeger makes that exact point in his post this morning.

What really bothered me this morning were all the posts and articles I read that treated this news like an unwelcome religious development. Many in the open source community really do treat their devotion like a religion, instead of thinking about what makes sense from a technology or (God-forbid) business point of view.

Groklaw‘s headline was “Novell Sells Out.” The most common reaction on sites like Slashdot and Technocrat was “Guess I better find a new Linux distribution.” Some of these zealots seem to hate the idea of any ties between Linux/open-source and the commercial world. They are living in a dream world, and if they want to dump Novell/SUSE in favor of a more purely communistic distribution, so be it. We won’t miss them.
I can only hope that this does not reflect the view that our customers will have – I have to believe that they will welcome this as a positive. As Novell has said for quite some time, mixed-source environments are the reality in the IT world today. Making that easier on customers is a good thing, right?

Personally, I’m just looking forward to seeing how this pans out. The advantages for projects like Samba, Mono, and OpenOffice are easy to imagine. Michael Meeks at Novell does a good job of describing what’s happening in the OpenOffice space, and answers some questions that community members are already asking. I really liked his perspective on this deal.