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Name: Jacob Moorman
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In mid-February of 2001, I took the position of Quality of Service Manager for SourceForge. SourceForge-related questions and concerns may be sent to or be logged as a support request. My SourceForge-based efforts are done under the following identities: moorman and roguemtl.

For the past couple of years, I have been the project lead (and one of the core developers) of the Marble Horse Free Software Group. The Marble Horse Free Software Group is a distribution-independent crew of developers who seek to strengthen free software offerings and provide support to the free software community. Most of our current project efforts are showcased on the Marble Horse website.

In 2000, I founded the OLS Transcription Project, a group which takes the MP3 audio from the excellent Ottawa Linux Symposium talks, and produces high-quality annotated transcripts. These transcripts are available from the olstrans site in a variety of formats.

I was previously active on the Stampede GNU/Linux distribution project (for ~2.5 years, some of which was in the role of Assistant Head Developer). During this time, I wrote an automated build suite (SLAB: Slab is a Linux AutoBuilder) which was used for building the distribution from scratch.

My GNU Privacy Guard key has a key ID of D58B4841 and is a 1024 bit DSA/ElGamal key generated on 1999/11/03. My key is on a number of keyservers (and additional information regarding Marble Horse Free Software Group cryptography activities may be obtained from the 'Cryptography' section of our website).


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I was down in NYC for about a couple days of LWCE. Saw the talk from Simon Horman (of VA Linux Systems) regarding the use of BGP to provide transparent end-user redirection to the nearest mirror sites (Super Sparrow). I heard ESR speak regarding the value of people and actively maintained information (room was standing-room-only and mostly full of consultant types (who came specifically to hear ESR speak), it seemed, but clearly some developers edged in with questions).

During LWCE, I had a chance to have a good talk with kojima of Conectiva and fejj of Ximian. And I caught the showing of "Revolution OS" (a well-done documentary by JTS Moore; a documentary which may someday finally explain to my grandmother what we're all up to ;-).

Since returning, I've been doing some testing (and use, of course :-) of Conectiva Linux and have been discussing some project ideas with the other Marble Horse FSG guys. OLS Transcription Project stuff is moving ahead at a good pace, with several transcript releases currently pending final review. The bulk of my planned work load for this week fits under the documentation and advocacy categories; brewing up some new editorial material and finishing out some minor loose ends. Should be an interesting week.

Yesterday, I released STPhp 1.1.0, an enhancement release.

This morning, I posted the transcript for the OLS2000 talk on EXT3. This transcript was produced by the OLS Transcription Project.

27 Oct 2000 (updated 27 Oct 2000 at 21:31 UTC) »

I've been quite busy working on a number of things. Next week will mark the real start of trying to find a job doing free software things full-time. I've been eyeing various ideas for the last month or so and it is now time to pursue them :) Resume available upon request.

I am proud to announce the OLS Transcription Project, a project to provide high-quality transcripts based on the recorded sessions provided from the Ottawa Linux Symposium. We are actively seeking participation of people interested in transcribing talks and people interested in checking over transcripts which have been completed (we currently have 27 talks that require transcription and 3 talks pending QA). See the site for more details.

Things have been fairly busy and I've been working on a fairly wide assortment of free software things. You can read my regular daily diary on the Marble Horse Free Software Group website (a phpKISSdiary system).

New releases of STPhp (internationalization suite for PHP), lyxconv (multi-format conversion tool for LyX documents), and phpKISSdiary (multi-user PHP-based diary system) are all on their way in the next two weeks, along with website content for two of the three.


I made the first public release of STPhp on the 9th of October. STPhp is a PHP-based string translation suite designed as a simple internationalization tool to work without requiring non-standard dependencies; only the core of php3 is required, which means STPhp can be easily used in places where you, the code creator or installer, do not have control over the php binaries or configuration. STPhp is designed with a simple architecture, allowing you to store your translations in the manner you choose, so as to provide the highest possible performance with the lowest possible maintenance overhead. STPhp functions by externalizing the messages from your application, storing them until your application requests them.

The manual for STPhp may be found here.

Other projects

For the last couple of weeks, I've been working more hours than not on a number of smaller projects. Now that STPhp has been released, two more should be released in the next two weeks. There should also be announcement/release of some of the documentation work I've completed; that should happen in the next couple of weeks as well.

Thought of the day: If source code is not to be considered a form of speech (and thus protected as free speech), does this mean it to be exempt from slander and libel law? Could source code inciting a riot or otherwise threatening public health be treated in the same manner as speech of that nature? (as unlikely, perhaps, as that may be)

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