Friday 19 January — LCA — David Miller

David is easily the best speaker that has been at the conference so far. He took the relatively complex issues of scattered gather ip packet sending, and network card checksum generation / verification, and made it interesting and relevant. He also had many interesting stories about things like IBM’s reaction to the Linux dominance of the current SpecWeb99 statistics and stuff like that…

The most interesting comment he made was that there are some people who want to design constantly, and sit down as talk about how to make something the best it can be, whilst he would rather people went home and coded, and then showed the world the code… The basic gist was that something is better than nothing, and that code can always be improved once something actually exists.