Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Does anyone else wonder what happened the the frenetic energy that existed in the free software world even 5 years ago? One only needs to look at distrowatch to see the difference, back in 2005 on any given day there would have been news of one or more new flavors of Linux being released, these days though it's all point releases and version updates, I can't remember the last time I heard about a truly innovative new distro or a world shaking new open source app. What happened to that flurry of creativity and how do we get it back? I'd love to hear your thoughts?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Been to long since I posted here, and a lot has happened. On the personal front, I'm getting married to the most wonderful person in the world. However it's on the professional front that the most exciting stuff has been happening, I've started a new career as a salesforce.com developer and consultant. While this transition has force me to compromise some of my open source principles I am also still committed to open source and free software. Lets start with the compromises. first off Salesforce mail merge documents require IE, so IE 7 in wine was a must, this is also good for browser testing, and it works beautifully. That said I hate it and use it as little as possible. Other Proprietary stuff I've had to install includes MS office in wine, this was necessary for both the excel connector for data loading and for running MSAccess data bases given to me by clients for data integration, I found that while some would open in OpenOffice older Access BDs and passworded BDs failed to open, this has been a problem as many of the businesses moving to salesforce are relatively small and in the process of moving their data from pokey tools the put together on the fly when they started up to their first full enterprise class applications. Development wise I am currently working on a new salesforce quotes app, the plan is to sell the app on the salesforce app exchange and publish the code under a free software license, possibly on sourceforge. I won't be publishing code until I get the app to Beta one at least so watch this space for the release announcement. Also I am currently looking for development work, contract or permanent. If you need salesforce dev, config or admin work let me know.