9 August 2006 1:48 AM (gnome | music | rain | montserrat)
It is an amazing night tonight! I cannot hold it in. Change is in the wind.
Went to the Montserrat monastary last weekend. It occupies an odd place in the Catalan world, but I didn't really plug into that -- the space was what occupied my mind.
Montserrat perches in a fold of a geographically improbable mountain range, like a piece of pepper in a disorganized collection of molars. The rocks lean out, project up, mold the air.
While wandering through their sage-scented trails, I started to remember more about the extraurban life. I spend too much time in the city these days. It's rather stupid, given the availability of transport and the good state of the GR trails.
Unfortunately my camera died after one measly photo. Lame!
more writing about weather
Barcelona had its first healthy rain today in a long time. I biked home in it, the Ciutadella refreshed and alive, the streets washed clean of months of pollutants. Tomorrow's probably not a good day for swimming...
I think Havoc has some interesting points about the identity of GNOME with regards to web services. We control a large platform and have huge possibilities for integration, not just within the context of one computer, but between all of us. Yet we're not the ones making flickr or lastfm or myspace or what-have-you. Why is this, and what kind of an organization would be able to make such an application in an open manner? Also, should GNOME be that kind of organization, and if so, how?
Such an endeavor would take capital and infrastructure costs. Here is where I will let the Ribeiro wine talk. It seems to me that the most infrastructure-capable organization we have, the foundation, actually has interests opposed to the creation of a stronger GNOME brand and unified online user experience. This is because its funders (the advisory board) are mostly distributions and embedded device makers. In both cases, GNOME as an experience is value-added down to the level of a support library, a lower box on the component diagram of their UI offering. If what you get is GNOME, why care about SLED vs Ubuntu vs RHEL? So that's not the way they work, they build their own brand identities. Try finding the word GNOME on RHEL or SLED's initial web pages.
I'm stil mulling over how to create a Free web service, though. No quick fix from this side for the moment.