So the further detail I provide may be limited to the 8mm pictures taken. They're taken by Ulf Wendel, who wasn't hard to convince to borrow my camera for a while -- and I'm glad I did. They're edited in a closed-source program called Photoshop, which I am happy to say uses MySQL (Adobe was a speaker at an internal Dev Mtg of ours a couple of years ago).
Photoshop note: My editing is partly simple cropping and partly Image / Adjustments / Shadow/Highlight... which is a CS feature I discovered only a few weeks ago, and will always use to enhance pictures which mix too dark areas with too light ones.
But first to the Sun/MySQL related substance. I provided the FOSDEM audience with the opportunity to give us some candid feedback on how we're doing. My specific question was "What is MySQL/Sun not so good at?".
The overall message, based on both qualitative feedback (audience comments) and quantitative (about 10 raise-your-hand-if questions), was clear:
- Shorten the MySQL release cycle! That's pain-point #1!Ã‚Â And 6 months is what's expected. Even 12 months is too long.
- Half-baked features is pain-point #2!
- Sun is doing alright on MySQL Stability, Performance and Ease of Use,Ã‚Â overall, although improvement is of course possible (related toÃ‚Â half-baked features)
- For the core issues, MySQL is perceived as really easy-to-use
This is what Ulf Wendel twittered:
- Kaj ArnÃƒÂ¶ doing Q&A at FOSDEM. He has wonderful personal introduction slides. He asks for what MySQL is bad at
- Roland [Bouman, former Sun/MySQL employee] complains about Plugins, others mention inmature features, Giuseppe [Maxia] reports about internal Five One Feature Maturity Team (FOFMT)
- Kaj promises to forward all comments to Marten's successor. Lenz [Grimmer, reports to Giuseppe] is doing the scribe. Someone suggests dedicated Enterprise Marketing
- Finally, someone is asking about multi-core improvements and DW optimization.
- Kaj asking: Release cycle long 5.0, 5.1 given - now, what shall we do?
- Suggestion: continue on the plugin road, support storage plugins both from technical and business perspective. More and faster releases?
- Hands up. Q: Improve Contributions? Many. Federated? Very few. GIS? Much. Monitoring *inside* the Server? Many. Is Performance OK? Many.
- More hands up. Q: Stable? Many (but you hear *hmm*, *ooohs*, *nnnn*)
- End of the session. Kaj states that his goal is to have more frequent releases of MySQL while remaining fast and stable
Lenz indeed took more detailed notes, and I have compiled them for Karen Tegan Padir and others in our internal discussions. However, I won't go into detail until we have something more detailed to say.
In the meantime, I'm sticking to the neutral topic of distorted 8mm pictures.
Preso soon starting
More of same corner
"What are we not so good at?"
"How many of you ... ?"
Roland getting ready
The male toilet has a sign "env | grep fluid && rm -rf /dev/willy". Females don't need that detailed instructions. Theirs just said "Ladies".Ã‚Â