25 June 2008 9:24 PM (gnome | the sky | intel | advogato | conversations)
Here the evening is good indeed -- tepid air, the kind where you don't know it's there until it moves, or you move: skin temperature. We don't get too many colored cloud sunsets, but today there was sky-drama over the wasteland of la Sagrera.
I have a question, to those in the know. It's nargery. I have a machine with intel graphics, a GM965. It claims to support the texture_from_pixmap extension, but I have not been able to make it work, neither in my own code nor in that of others. I whine about it more in the fedora bugzilla. What's the dilly?
I'm in a fortunate position to have readers that might just be able to answer that question. This is mostly a result of being syndicated on Planet GNOME, although Advogato and individual subscribers do play a role. But it is good to write for an audience.
In that regard, I think that Advogato is a much more appropriate system for publishing and reading, for conversation, than are the various planets out there. Advo has no barrier to entry; anyone can start writing. You can syndicate your writings from elsewhere, like you can with a planet, or write them there if you feel like it. If your writings are good, or interesting, then folks will read them. If some people don't like them, they don't have to see them. If no one likes them, no one will see them.
Granted, present-day advogato does have its problems. It seems that its model of trust has drifted too far from the root nodes; my ratings never affect someone's rank, even to go from observer to apprentice. "Apprentice", while it does correspond to reality in some sense, is seen as demeaning; everyone wants to be a journeyer, if not a master. The front-page articles have been of low quality for a long time. But the diary "interesting-ness" ratings do seem to have stood the test of time.
Project-specific aggregators like Planet GNOME are great. They're wonderful for community, and good for communication too: "this is who we are". But I do miss the easy anarchy of Advogato. Maybe it's time to make an antiplanet, running on mod_virgule. Thoughts?