Its been roughly a week since I last worked. Been a pretty good one all told. I’ve been casting about a bit for work and have found some pretty interesting positions mostly at the consulting/contracting level. I’d probably take a 6 month to one year contract but I am actually in no big hurry at this point. Too much is going on at home now with jobs, schools, meetings, etc. My wife and I agree that its easier for me to not work. Not to say I would not take something if it were offered.
I’m pretty much windows free and loving it at this point. I have one system left with Windows 7 but that’s gonna go bye bye as soon as ubuntu 10.10 is final. Everything else has Linux on it as a server, desktop, laptop but its the beta for 10.10. There are some rough edges with it. I get crash notifications every so often for gnome-power-manager and once the xorg-core package failed. I report all the crashes using the bug reporter and most are duplicates of other issues; except for the xorg-core issue.
This beta has been a lot of fun but it will be interesting to see how things go over the next 10 days as we move from the beta to the RC release. On ubuntu, its just a “apt-get” away. Going from RC to final is the same. On the 10th of October, I’ll update that day and it will be the release version. That’s how difficult Linux is. Truthfully, after working around Windows updates, patches, security updates, service packs, hotfixes; it amazes me how they sustain the whole thing. Linux figured out the update thing years ago. I’ve also wondered why I have to reboot Windows boxen when I rename them? On Linux I edit the /etc/hostname file, perhaps change a entry in /etc/hosts and its done. Is there some reason why that simply renaming box prompts a reboot? I guess its better now than NT4 Workstation. The joke at the GAP was that you move the mousie anywhere near the network neighborhood thing and it signaled a reboot. Of course, Linux is just harder to figure out with its myriad text files that you have to learn how to edit. Blah, blah, blah.
Third thing is that I’m pretty happy with the Linux Mint Debian Edition and its nature. It rolls the updates continuously so you install once and it just keeps on cooking. Just like regular old Debian testing. You never really have to re-install a Debian testing box unless you commit the sin of “fubar”.
Someone asked me what I do to while away the days now. Most of the time I stop at this super-secret starbucks that has great wifi, lots of tables, and some pretty nice looking women. I sit there from 10am to 1130am and consider the world, my place in it, nature of the beast, technology, and a host of other things. Its a great rebooter for me each day and it clears the home cobwebs. Starbucks lets me sit for just about as long as I want/need/desire. I sometimes reflash my NexusOne phone or get it on the wifi as well and let it update the Android Market applications that have come out.
All in all, a very relaxing few days that turned into a week. I’ll take things into some other gear in October but I’ll also file for unemployment comps then.