Since Sunday, the second greatest GNU/Linux show on Earth (after
Linux.conf.au) rolled into Charles de Gaulle airport, just outside
Paris. This is the organized human carnival where terms like 'specs',
'BOFs' and 'lightening-presentations' fly about during the day and give
way to hushed mentions of Mao! and Talking! during the evening.
On the agenda for this week are nailing down all of the features that
will make it into the next release of Ubuntu (codenamed the Edgy Eft,
as covered by LWN
previously), expected to hit your desktop in a mere four months. You
can keep an eye on all the specifications on the brand new "Blueprint"
component of Launchpad and even take part.
There are over sixty people in attendance, including the majority of
the core Ubuntu distro team---congratulations also to those busy
expecting babies and not able to make it this time. Everyone is
welcome to attend, just grab a peek at the schedule of the day
and turn up at the Radisson
Ubuntu has been gradually perfecting the ultimate open-source
development conference, with each edition of the Developer Summit the
process gets smoother and more refined. What matters here is
high-quality, high-bandwidth person-to-person communication. It's
important because the rest of the year everyone is working in separate
countries and time-zones, with the only contact being via text-based
If you want, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu, LTSP, they're all
here and Wednesday's morning talk came from Intel aficionados (and
Debian veterans) Mike Jennings and Max Alt. This was a sneak preview
into the technology that Intel is expecting to release to the market
in the next year and how Ubuntu can be ready for increased
power-saving, hardware-based Xen and multi-core goodness; all
out-of-the box, of course!
Thirty years ago there were futurists with predictions of computers
that would talk. During todays bird-of-feather accessibility session,
that came just a little closer to reality... Thanks to the wonderful
discovery of small and efficient GPL'ed eSpeak speech synthesizer,
the next release is likely to feature text-to-speech right from the
installer boot menu.
If you want to know the future of computing for everyone, then perhaps
this is the place to be. It's round, delicious and slightly caramel
in colour---just like the crème flambeau we ate for pudding.
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