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Unfortunately the day before Wensong arrived in Beijing, the US intellegence services (who suck up $10G$/yr of tax payers money) had bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia thinking it was a warehouse. The Chinese people were offended and the US embassy in China closed for a few days till people calmed down a bit. Wensong couldn't get out of the China.
I gave Wensong's talk instead, with the images/html coming from alternating real-servers in a live LVS running kernel 2.0.36 that I'd wheeled in on a trolley. At the end of the presentation I demonstrated mon supported realserver failover by pulling the network cables one by one.
At the end of the talk, Lars, who till then had been a lurker on the LVS mailing, introduced himself and chatted for a few minutes. Lars had been using LVS and knew a lot about it. He was hoping to put it into a setup for one of his customers. Lars now works for SuSE and runs the LVS mailing list, out of Germany, on one of his personal machines.
Here's some comments and photos from Horms
I called up Matthew Kellet, living in Ottawa and part of the LVS in the early days (1999) and who had since gone onto better things with the (now defunct) Rebel.com. I also said that I'd read the HOWTO in 30secs or less, accompanied by an interpretive dance. Ratz decided to come from Switzerland and join me as cell mates in the hospitable Ottawa jail (we had a good view of the exercise yard).
I wrote the 1st LVS trivia quiz for the amusement of those staying at home, and made up some LVS fashion designer T-shirts, buttons and stick-on tags for your realservers, for the people attending the conference, so we could intimidate people in other projects, by looking organised. BTW, we're still looking for an LVS handshake, song and vision statement. The pdf's are still available to make your own T-shirts, stickers and buttons. I mailed off a care-package to Julian in Bulgaria, and brought another for Horms, to go back with his room-mate, Raster, who was giving a presentation on his windowing code, "Enlightenment". I found out a year later, when I met Horms at OLS 2001, that both Raster and I had the misfortune to go to the same high school for upper class twits in Sydney (Raster 20yrs later than I). I'd be a different person if I hadn't gone there, that's all I can say. I'll ask Raster what he thought of it when I see him next.
I sent "letters from OLS" to the LVS mailing list, describing the conference. These should be in the LVS mailing list archives.
Here are some photos from Matthew.
Here's some photos of Ratz, Julian and Alex discussing the design of server state synchronisation tables (see the HOWTO if you want to know more).
I was interested to see a photo of Julian. For his care package from OLS 2000, I'd asked Julian for his shirt size and got back a rather large number. Even after converting from cm to inches, I still had a rather large shirt (60 inches, I seem to remember). It was hard to imagine anyone with that shirt size. I assumed that Julian was intellegent enough to answer such questions, so rather than ask for confirmation ("Geeze mate, you must be a porker!"), I ironed an LVS logo onto the biggest white T-shirt I could find in Wal-Mart and sent him an extra iron-on LVS logo with instructions in case he wanted to put it onto a shirt of his choice.
After seeing these photos, I asked Julian about his shirt size. He thought I'd asked for his height.
Ratz and I, having enjoyed our previous stay at the Ottawa jail, booked in again and not knowing where or when Horms was arriving, set off the first afternoon, for some serious discussions on LVS design. This time Ratz brought a high tech CCD camera and we were able to upload photos and text to the LVS website daily.
Here's an updated version of the postings.