Steffen Michels is our hero!, the Slayer of Bugs; he is the winner of the glorious Manta bug-hunt! He found 8 different bugs, and he fixed 8 of them, and those were not the least of bugs.
Some were quite a challenge! Luckily we were able to take a picture of him in full fight with one of the most staggering software-bugs ever caught on camera!
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We have good news again, and this time there is no first of April in sight. Our submission to the European conference on Computing and Philosophy has been accepted! So besides our general presentation at the Digital Humanities 2008 in Oulu, Finland (June 25-29) we will now also be presenting in Montpellier, France (16-18 June). The presentation we give at ECAP will especially be about the philosophy behind Manta.
So if you are from the warm European south you will now also be able to attend a presentation about LogiLogi Manta!
And last weekend we also gave a presentation for the Dutch Linux User Group in Utrecht. It was in – you guessed – Dutch, and not just about LogiLogi Manta, but also about the importance of Free Software for the web. It was quite fun to give a presentation to an audience like this, and for it to be in Dutch for a change :) Anyway, for those capable of reading Dutch, the sheets are online here.
As Miguel Lezama finally sensed some time early in the evening, the Yippee Yahoo :) news indeed was our (Wybo and Bruno) contribution to April’s fools day, or as we say in Dutch, it was an “first of April” joke ;)
It seems that most of the Nijmegen team, and also at first Miguel, and many others did believe it. Which of course is not all together that strange, as it is quite close to the truth that we are doing something really interesting, potent and maybe even web- revolutionary with LogiLogi Manta…. Still to expect the vision and the goodness on the part of Yahoo to support us at this stage, may indeed be a little bit overstretched after all :)
For now we are and remain a Free Software project driven by the passion of it’s participants, and the fun we have doing it, not by corporate funding or by big salaries. Given it is that the project likely may have a bright future, a future that can fundamentally change our ways of doing deliberation and philosophy, and a future beyond google’s bad ‘ol “Knol”, and a future that may even include modest salaries… but for now it is to us, and no one but all of us together to make it true…!