I flew into the San Francisco area to attend the 2007 OSCMS Summit, hosted by Yahoo! at their Sunnyvale campus. I originally got started using Drupal in 2002 when the creator, Dries Buytaert, contacted me regarding the scalability problems I was experiencing trying to run KernelTrap on PHP-Nuke. I quickly became a fan of the code base and the developer community. Over the years I've been an active developer myself, and now even make a living writing and maintaining Drupal code. It's been exciting to watch what started as a humble open source project develop into vibrant and rapidly growing community.
After the conference I was one of five speakers at the Performance and Scalability Workshop which raised $5,800 for the Drupal Association. It was an honor to speak along with Drupal creator Dries Buytaert and other Drupal luminaries such as Matt Westgate and James Walker.
While in California I stayed with my old high school buddy, Leif, and his wife, Erika. It was great to get a chance to catch up over various fires in their backyard in Berkeley. They're expecting their first child in August, so I'll have to be sure to make my way back to the area in the fall.
The KernelTrap server was upgraded last night to a Dell PowerEdge SC1435 which utilizes a Dual Core AMD Opteron 2212HE. The server was purchased using funds generated by the advertising displayed on these pages. Additional specifications can be found in the KernelTrap FAQ.
I'm unable to add content to KernelTrap for the next two or three weeks, as I'm in the middle of a move. Once settled down into my new home, I hope to find much more time for KernelTrap than I've had in recent months.
I recently hired Trae McCombs, founder of themes.org and linux.com, to give KernelTrap an improved look. The theme is not completely finished yet, but is ready to be previewed. I don't expect everyone to like the new look, but would be interested in hearing about any technical problems people may run into it so we can get them resolved before the new theme goes live. Drupal has been upgraded from 4.5 on the live site to 4.7 on the new site. Please leave any comments about the new site here, or drop me an email.
KernelTrap is now offering AdSense revenue sharing on a trial basis. To participate, you will first need a Google AdSense account (follow the link within if you do not already have an AdSense account). Next, you will need to create a KernelTrap user account and enter your publically viewable google_ad_client ID. Finally, contribute original and relevant content to KernelTrap, and 80% of the profits generated will be automatically credited to your AdSense account. This applies to new forum postings, as well as personal blogs. Inapproriate or otherwise not relevant content will be removed, and the offending user accounts will be blocked. This is a new program that I am doing on a trial basis, if you have any problems with funds not appearing in your AdSense account please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help track down the problem so that future funds are properly credited to your account. The goal is to encourage submission of useful original content related to kernel development -- if instead this leads to the contribution of useless or offtopic posts, the program will be canceled.
I'll be completely offline for the rest of the month, and thus unable to make updates to KernelTrap [blog]. I am currently displaying the ten most recently updated forum discussions on the front age. Please help out by submitting relevant kernel articles into the appropriate forum. I'm continuing to search for ways to further liven these web pages during stretches that I personally have limited time. Discussion on related ideas is welcome here.