Linux Graphics for Small Devices at FISL

Last week I’ve been in Brazil at 11th International Free Software Forum (FISL) talking about Linux Graphics for Small Devices*. I tried to cover a bit of everything that I learned in the world I’ve been immersed in some near past – I guess there aren’t many news for freedesktopers though. Anyway, everyone is very welcome to give any kind of feedback and comment on it. Just follow here.

*actually, two nights in Porto Alegre and two nights in Curitiba. Was great to see most of my friends!

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my dear diary… (some not-so-old memories)

Portland, OR

I was so proud for the forth time be part of the X crew, this time in Portland. Really amazing the city. I had the opportunity to play tourist and visit some nice places.

My X conferences

BTW, I just collect the photos of all four X conferences that I’ve attended. It’s not much photos but there’s some funny things :)

X on embedded

The cool thing of the work that I’m doing at Nokia is that I can publish and discuss mostly all X fun with the open source communities. “Mostly” because, for the last device – the N-shiny-and-awesome-900 – for instance, the video driver is closed (provided by Imagination), so we cannot comment much regarding such driver stack :( C’est la vie.

So we’ve been using Xorg for our small devices (FWIW the development of kdrive based servers is dead! Period). Therefore, myself and Oliver brought to XDC some discussions that we had about X server for tiny systems. Xorg DDX is still too fat. There’s a lot of code that we can cut off and that was the whole idea of our talk, more concerned about Xorg’s memory footprint.

Life is beautiful

6 months living in Helsinki: hosted 4 visits of friends, 5 new European countries visited and an average of 2 pints per day :) Lot of fun and no time at all for opensource pet projects. Even so, I’m enjoying! Besides, I bought an skate board and I’m speaking the first Finnish words already. I’m happy also that I’m (finally) finding time again to appreciate a good music (but didn’t get a guitar yet for me here). Let’s see what will be my next musical project… Nähdään!

MacOSX -> GNU/Linux

I used a part of the money that I earned on the SoC 2007 to buy a laptop to me. My university friends found a good price of a MacBook and we went to the shop in a total of 6 people (!) to buy this laptop trying to get some discount. It cost R$ 3400 (about USD 1800), a very cheap value to the Brazil standards.

Fine. My MacBook arrived one week ago. The shiny laptop is cool, but the OS really not. I tried to accustom myself for at least one week with that OS and I failed. The reason why is better explained by these guys below:

Why Install Linux on Your Mac?
http://www.oreilly.com/pub/a/mac/2004/11/30/linux.html

Switching Back to Desktop Linux
http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2006/06/01/switching-back.html

When the bough breaks
http://diveintomark.org/archives/2006/06/02/when-the-bough-breaks

Time to Switch?
http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2006/06/15/Switch-From-Mac

Long life for the freedesktop’s :)