Prestidigitation and BrainShare keynotes

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Demo building is fun 🙂

I’ve been locked in our PM war room all day building servers and demos with Mark Schouls – one of the smartest guys around when it comes to systems management.

As always the demos are being built on code so fresh you can still smell the paint. We’ve found some interesting things for our engineers to look at – and as always time is short.

I’ll add more as we get closer to the keynote demos.

re. Installing Mono on SuSE Linux with Red Carpet

I was hunting around for some information on Mono dependancies when I found this article by Kevin Shockey:

Installing Mono on SuSE Linux with Red Carpet

Interesting – but one subtle flaw. The ZLM client components – also known as Red Carpet – are available online and they are open source – source hosted at

I mailed Kevin:


I’ve just read your article from the end of last year – – and I thought it was particularly interesting.

One thing to note – did you know that the ZENworks Linux Management client components – also known as Red Carpet – are 100% open source and available without downloading ZENworks Linux Management?

We have the RPMs for many platforms at – certainly fast and easy.

Also we have the public Red Carpet server which provides community updates – including those for Mono.

Finally we have another open source project – Open Carpet – which lets developers host their updates to be consumed by the Red Carpet/ZLM client components –

Let me know if I can be of any further help – and please feel free to reference this data in the future.



Let’s see if this gets a response. I’m keen to evangelise the benefits of OpenCarpet for developers and hacker teams.

BrainShare – keynotes and breakout sessions

Well – as usual it’s the week before Novell BrainShare and it’s hectic.

As I write I am in the Novell offices in our Product Management War Room building servers, clients and demos for the two ZENworks keynotes.

I’m also presenting three breakout sessions:

IO115 ZENworks Overview and Futures
TUT215 Managing Novell Linux Desktop with ZENworks Linux Management
TUT316 Advanced ZENworks Linux Management deployment and best practices

Information on these sessions is on the BrainShare breakout session site

Birdman redux

No sooner have I posted on ZENworks 7 Linux Management – when a slew of press comes out:

Novell Linux Strategy In Full Bloom

Novell CEBIT announcements are loud and clear

Novell debuts ZENworks for Linux

Novell Ramps Up its Linux Push,1759,1775498,00.asp

Novell Upgrades Zenworks Linux Management Software,1759,1775525,00.asp

This also got on Slashdot:

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Technologists and blogging

Just a placeholder for now. I’ll add more links as I untangle them from my memory.

I’ve been looking in detail at how technology companies use blogs – generally they fall into three clear categories:

  • disruptive marketing
  • technical deep-dive
  • actually interesting

Tim Bray from Sun has a great discussion on how Sun built a policy on blogging and sharing information semi-informally with the public. Novell’s own Nat Friedman also blogs prolifically.

Microsoft have been pushing their employees to blog for a couple of years. The full list is here. Good ones to read are from either marketing or program management

Reverend Ted should deserve a mention. If only for the flame-wars he seems to create.


Tim Bray wrote an excellent article on blogging:

Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career

  1. You have to get noticed to get promoted.

  2. You have to get noticed to get hired.

  3. It really impresses people when you say “Oh, I’ve written about that, just google for XXX and I’m on the top page” or “Oh, just google my name.”

  4. No matter how great you are, your career depends on communicating. The way to get better at anything, including communication, is by practicing. Blogging is good practice.

  5. Bloggers are better-informed than non-bloggers. Knowing more is a career advantage.

  6. Knowing more also means you’re more likely to hear about interesting jobs coming open.

  7. Networking is good for your career. Blogging is a good way to meet people.

  8. If you’re an engineer, blogging puts you in intimate contact with a worse-is-better 80/20 success story. Understanding this mode of technology adoption can only help you.

  9. If you’re in marketing, you’ll need to understand how its rules are changing as a result of the current whirlwind, which nobody does, but bloggers are at least somewhat less baffled.

  10. It’s a lot harder to fire someone who has a public voice, because it will be noticed.

As a people manager I’m not too happy with #2 and #6 – but every point is spot on. As Product Managers we are inherently Marketers too.