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Re: meeting?

On 8/11/07, Michael Schmitz <schmitz@mail.biophys.uni-duesseldorf.de> wrote:
> > > But I think most m68k hackers are in Europe. I wouldn't mind a meeting in
> > > SF, but I am not going to take my m68k boxes back to the US...
> >
> > I always got the impression that while most Atari and Amiga work
> > happened in Europe, much of the Mac work happened in North America.
> > Obviously most of the early work was done by Alan Cox, but many of
> > the people who got the Mac port going were in US or CA. We had the
> Yep, that's mostly because Macs were sold in larger quantities in the US
> and perhaps CA - Apple had good educational discounts there but refused to
> do the same in Europe. So when the Macs, Ataris and Amigas first came out
> it was mostly Amiga/Atari here (my old lab got a couple of TTs for office
> stuff and some VME based data acquisition). My postdoc lab in Berkeley had
> a bunch of Macs of different sorts, that's why I could start on the Mac
> kernel work at all.
> > Mac stuff hosted on a .ca domain for a while, I know. That doesn't
> The linux-m68k CVS is still at ubb.ca FWIW.
> > > I bought my Falcon and my Mac on eb*y, and many Amigas are listed there
> > > also. I think you can even buy "new" Amigas. Or look at the pictures here:
> > > http://www.a1k.org/forum/index.php?mode=viewforum&forum_id=12
> >
> > The Amiga systems were pretty popular. I've seen many of them in
> > small television stations and in various other forms of video
> > post-production that can't afford to buy newer equipment. I have
> > never seen an Atari that could run Linux, but I saw many of the
> > other models such as the Atari 800.
> Yep, we had a guy from a TV station on c.o.l.m68k since the very early
> days, the Amigas were still used for titles and cutting around then.
> Was there a Debian booth at this year's LinuxWorld SF? The first LW at SJ
> had quite a lot of Debian hackers; maybe such an event can be used for a
> m68k get-together over there. Here, I'd hope for the Oldenburg meeting.

yes, there was a booth. there was also a rather large dinner party hosted
by BayAreaDebian and Others/Linux-Local Groups.

my schedule was thrown off, but I did stop by the booth. I spent most of my
hour at LW talking to somebody at the gnu booth. mostly philosopically.
but I ask him about testing the gcc suite and whether he thought default
tests were full tests and he said probably not.

so I said maybe I could try building my own copy and he said make test.
I am a little worry though the debian patches might be worth something.
still my basic inclination recently has been if the debian package doesn't
work to build the upstream source at least to try it, since I have seen more
than once where something debian packaging seemed to have broken as
compared to a plain tarball.

Linux world is now a big industrial thing. But there are still like
regular people
who sneak in.  Next to the debian booth there was a bunch with a pile of
old handheld computers. ... it was more crowded in that corner than last year.

I might also put out a note on the BAD mailing list asking if any interest of
68k, there is also BALUG.  There could also be other sorts of conferences
around in the bay area. Linux World is pretty "enterprised".

 >Yep, we had a guy from a TV station on c.o.l.m68k since the very early
> days, the Amigas were still used for titles and cutting around then.

I forgot i had seen an amiga. there's strange people
around here who do video with audio cassette... also had one
of those amigas falling apart over there. it was a heavy rack mount
thing, cables hanging out


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