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Well.. After using cls’s demo as a starting point I’ve built up the tinderbox front end to look like my original designs release way back. Except now it’s not using json but is generated using Perl code directly in Here’s the work:


It looks good in elinks too (mind you there is no color though) so I’m hoping with a few more tweaks the changes will be close to done.

Though I’d still like to see a few more things added to the front page while I have it in my possession. For example, I’d like to add a link to log files generated during builds as well. The current setup of the front page also overwrites the existing showbuilds.cgi default. I’m not sure if this is a good idea up front because people may not want or may not be expecting a front page change.. Therefore I’m assuming putting a link from showbuilds.cgi to the new front page may be a better idea until the page is better adopted by the public.

This release also uses some CSS!  Therefore users will be able to craft their own stylesheets to  make tinderbox look as they please…


The Free Software and Open Source Symposium this past week was an interesting experience for all who attended. With speakers ranging from IBM CEO’s and Microsoft directors to long time teachers on the subject, it seems that there was a place for everyone during this event.

The goals of FSOSS are simple. Gather the greatest minds that drive open source and listen to their ideas and theories on where it’s taken us and where it will. Its a guaranteed great learning experience for people at all computer skill levels.

A few organizations that attended FSOSS as speakers include Facebook, Mozilla, IBM, Microsoft, Open Office, Source Forge, Drupal, Miro.. the list could really go on.. check out the FSOSS 2007 Agenda for a detailed list.

For the measly price of $40 dollars to pre register it is quite a “steal” in terms of educational and informational value. It was also really close for me being in the Toronto area (Just over at York U). The speakers, however, flew in from various parts of North America to talk here so I believe I got my moneys worth on this one.

A highly recommended symposium to anyone hacking away at code and is interested in open source or how you can get involved. (+ you get free lunch too! :).