Ohio LinuxFest 2009 registration deadline is looming..

Ohio Linux Fest 2009
Free and Open Source Software Conference and Expo
Columbus, Ohio : September 25-27, 2009

Registration Deadline: September 18, 2009

The Ohio LinuxFest 2009 registration deadline is September 18, 2009. If you have not registered yet, please hurry over to http://www.ohiolinux.org and register today.

Join us for the seventh annual Ohio LinuxFest conference to celebrate 40 years of Unix. We have an exciting line up of talks and this year the conference extends from Friday to Sunday.

Friday, September 25, features professional training courses (Professional package registration required) and a course for Linux beginners which includes a refurbished computer, with Linux pre- installed for you (Quick Start package required). A series of conference talks and other sessions will be held on Friday as well.

Saturday, September 26, features the expo and four conference tracks. We have a great line up of speakers; Doug McIlroy, Shawn Powers, Dr. Peter Salus, and many more.

Two certification examinations will be held on Sunday the 27th. Linux Professional Institute will host an LPI certification exam, and the BSD Certification Group will offer the BSDA certification exam for Ohio LinuxFest attendees.

Four registration packages are available for the Ohio LinuxFest this year.

The Enthusiast Package is available at no cost for students, enthusiasts, and those that want to come to the event to find out more about Free and Open Source software.

The Supporter Package is available again at a low cost of $65.00 to support the event. As a measure of appreciation, the supporter package includes lunch on Saturday and a commemorative Ohio LinuxFest tee-shirt.

The Quick Start Package is available for $250.00, which in addition to access to the events on Saturday, includes a full day of Linux Basics training on Friday and a refurbished Linux computer to take home.

The Professional Package is available for $350.00, which in addition to Saturday's activities, also includes access to the one day OLFU tutorials on Friday.

The Ohio LinuxFest welcomes people from all 50 states and international participants. We have had participants from Canada, England, Argentina, Brazil, and Australia in years past. Note that the Ohio LinuxFest is a 501c3 non-profit, volunteer organization. All proceeds are used for conference costs.


New OGo Help Desk Feature

Enhancement Bug#2027 "Allow help desk users to create tasks on behalf of users" has been resolved as of r2274. This update requires a database schema change -


UPDATE job SET owner_id = creator_id;

The database scripts pg-build-schema.psql and pg-update-1.x-to-5.5.psql have been updated. NOTE: Be careful not to run this part of pg-update-1.x-to-5.5.psql more than once or you risk modifying actual data in your database if you use the OGoHelpDeskRoleName default.

This feature allows a member of the team whose named is defined in the OGoHelpDeskRoleName default to create tasks with an owner other than themselves. Delegated and archived task lists now display tasks based on owner rather than creator. By default the owner is the creator so this has no effect on normal task behaviour. Currently the help desk feature, setting of the owner to another user, is only available via the zOGI API. The modifications to the zOGI API are documented on the Task entity.

If your help desk team name contains spaces be sure to use proper quoting - Defaults write NSGlobalDomain OGoHelpDeskRoleName '"all intranet"' - or you may not get the results you expect. Obviously if you set OGoHelpDeskRoleName to "all intranet" all users will be able to create tasks on behalf of other users.


Let The Season Of Patching Begin.

It is that time of year again: later sunrises, earlier sunsets, and more hacking. I've commited my first patch for the coming season of gloom - cache removal as previously discussed back in the days-getting-longer part of the year. [Note: Pipermail archives strip attachments, but you can find the patch on the Nabble archives]. This makes trunk r2270 bumping libZSBackend.so to version 5.5.94. As far as I've been able to determine these caches are just legacy goo that servered no purpose and inflated memory use - but if you think you see any fallout from this change please report it.

As for pending ZideStore work:
Comments, criticisms, and patches welcome!


GtkBuilder & IronPython

Apparently GtkBuilder is now working with IronPython according to an article over on Mindtrove. What is GtkBuilder? It is a replacement for the aging libglade library, see the article "GtkBuilder has landed" for a good explanation. GtkBuilder support for IronPython means you can now develop .NET Gtk# applications in Python in a RAD fashion. Current versions of Glade support the new GtkBuilder library.

Consonance 0.0.9p

I've uploaded Consonance 0.0.9pre to the downloads site on Google Code. And announced it on Freshmeat. This version uses the shiny new LINQ backend. Contact and Enterprise operations, including the Contact CRUD window, should be stable. That was the focus of 0.0.9. Hopefully I can get 0.0.10 out the door by this weekend: the goal for 0.0.10 is to re-enable the main task lists and stabilize the Task window. I've already got the task lists loading and as an extra re-enabled the busy-pulser on the main window. Patches welcome!

Best of...

Apparently it is "Best of" season over at InfoWorld. I'd be interested in what they think is the best but their lists are basically unnavigable - I hope they didn't use any of the Best open source developer tools to design that catastrophe of a presentation. It is way too much work to see their results, but if you have patience and the minimum 25" display necessary to watch the content among the sea of adds:
At the recent BarcampGR 2009 someone asked why I would choose to develop applications on LINUX? The answer is pretty simple: GNOME is an excellent desktop. My question: Why would someone choose to use something else, especially a platform as spartan as Microsoft Windows? Out-of-the-box a GNOME desktop provides an full-suite of top-notch applications:
  • Manage your music and media with Banshee.
  • Manage your photos with F-Spot.
  • Keep notes, and have a Wiki for free, with Tomboy.
  • For e-mail, calendaring, contact management, and all that use Evolution. Except no substitutes here, certainly not that miserable runt of a mail client from the Mozilla project. No Open Source mail client, and no proprietary one, can rival Evolution. Evolution supports CalDAV, GroupDAV, Groupwise, and even Exchange.
  • Open Office. What more needs to be said? Open Office rises to the challenge.
  • Beagle will index all your data allowing you to do comprehensive searches. Once you start using this feature being without it feels like such a waste of time.
  • This one may seem a bit esoteric, but you know the truth: you should be more diligent about encryting important files and signing e-mails, etc... But it is such a pain. I admit I was pretty lacadazical about such things. But with Seahorse installed it becomes more natural. Now I can encrypt and decrypt files in Nautilus with a right-click as well as decrypt and encrypt on-the-fly in gedit. Seahorse also provide a very nice UI for managing all those @&^$&@@) keys. You can even remove password entries that you have stored in the GNOME keyring.
So, seriously, why use something else? All the day-to-day needs are covered with high quality applications. And we haven't even talked about the awesome development tools like MonoDevelop.