[Gentoo] More OSCON-ness

Got sidetracked from what happened all day Thursday by the party afterwards. I also finally got a chance to meet Stephen O’Grady of RedMonk, a small analyst firm with big clients. We’ve read each other’s blogs for a while. Steve uses Gentoo, and I’m trying to learn what we need to do to get people like him to push Gentoo to the businesses he consults for. Things like the installer, like web-based management, etc are the direction we need to move for this.

I’m always interested in what we can do for people like Steve, in return for him helping us out. If you use Gentoo and/or have any influence in pushing out deployments of Gentoo, shoot me an e-mail and let me know what we can do for you. If you can do anything for us, that’d also be good to know. =)

Corey and I spoke with Joseph Cohen, who’s behind GenUX. This relatively new company plans to take Gentoo on the enterprise to the next level, and has some interesting screenshots of a custom installer.

Ironically, Gentoo’s installer team has just announced an alpha release of its own installer. Both architectures sound quite similar, with essentially pluggable front-ends for possibilities of GUI, dialog/ncurses and CLI. Gentoo’s installer alpha comes with GTK, dialog and a simplistic CLI frontend.

X hackers Eric Anholt and Ian Romanick were both at OSCON too, and I was really hoping to meet them but our paths never intersected.

Afterwards, I was a tad depressed — although I did meet many great people, I’m just stuck on how many people I wasn’t able to meet. I really wish I were able to take the time and the money to head to LinuxWorld next week, but I’ve got a wedding to go to at the end of the month.