BrainShare 2005 – Monday 21 March

The keynote was a success – our demos worked well and my photo even got on the official Novell press kit. We had a minor glitch with the AV feed – the word is that the splitter box power failed. Typical!

Scooter!Happy Demo!

Reports have it that the scooter was on one wheel as I cornered – it certainly felt as if I was about to run over a couple of Novell VPs ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice to see the photos posted on

Much of the rest of the day spent giving press interviews – including Dave Kearns – then more preperation and rehearsal for the Wednesday keynote.

BrainShare 2005 – Sunday 20 March

Sunday morning – and I’m in Monday keynote rehersals. BrainShare is about to start.

I will be posting photos and comments from BrainShare during the week.

Demo HardwareKeynote Hall

Scooter PracticeDress Rehearsal

The scooter came plastered with a strong warning (clicky for big):


1. Read the all manual carefully before operations.
2. Easily slide forward brakingin high speed
3. Centerof gravity should be retrusive when downgrade.
4. Center of gravity should be retrusive when braking and riders are better to went down.
5. Center of gravity should be moving rightwards when turn righ t, and moveing leftwards when turn left.

It was a late night. Lots of rehearsals and testing for the keynote.

Downtown SLC looks great – lots of Novell BrainShare banners everywhere; it’s also starting to fill up with people.

Prestidigitation and BrainShare keynotes

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Demo building is fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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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