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OSCon Update

On Wednesday, OSCon really goes into high gear (and the wifi croaks) at OSCon. The people that aren’t going to the tutorials all arrive, and aren’t yet sluggish from the late-night vendor parties and BOFs.

The keynotes were OK, and after that, I listened to Keith Packard talk about the future of X. Then it was off to finish the preparation for my own talk on Linux on the corporate desktop. It was the first time I spoke at OSCon, and it seems to have gone well. I keep running into people that were at the talk and thought of some more questions — and of course I chatted with a number of people right after as well. There are a number of other companies that are planning on doing what we’ve done, or even started down the implementation path already. It’s some effort making something of OSCon quality (Damian Conway suggests something like 10 hours preparing for every 1 hour presenting — I didn’t do that), but I’m glad I did.

The Expo Hall opened Wednesday as well. Met some interesting folks there — Open Lina, a company that sells Linux hardware, an Open Source groupware product I hadn’t heard of before (they are apparently working on Debian Packages too), and some others I can’t remember right now…

Tuesday I had dinner at Andina, a Peruvian restaurant, with fellow Haskellers Bryan O’Sullivan and Don Stewart — the first time the three of us Real World Haskell folks met in one place.

Today brought Nat Torkington’s excellent keynote, and also r0ml’s great talk this afternoon (“I started this talk in 2003, and it’s run a bit long.”) Another great time for some networking in the hallways and expo hall. One of the LinuxFest Northwest folks had attended my talk, happened to see me as I was stuffing one of the may free t-shirts that vendors were giving out into my laptop bag (by afternoon, they were getting quite in your face about it), and struck up a conversation.

Went for sushi over lunch with a couple of folks from #oscon on IRC, then dinner with Debian folks.

Been a busy week, but met lots of people. I didn’t go to as many talks as I planned because I was so busy talking to people — guess that means the conference was a hit.

First 2 Days of OSCon

I’m really enjoying OSCon this year. I’ve been here two days and just Tuesday afternoon actually went to what I had planned to go to. There’s an XMPP summit here (wasn’t on the schedule), and I dropped in there a few times. Got one of the XMPP developers to look at my system and figure out why Empathy isn’t doing video chat with the N810 right.

Had an OSCon moment yesterday. I was sitting at a table with my laptop, trying to meet up with someone I had only met online before. We were chatting over Jabber. And I realized that person was about 20 feet away. This pattern has repeated itself several times now.

We went to McCormick and Schmick’s for dinner. Great seafood and everybody there seemed to really enjoy Jacob too.

The People for Geeks talk was fun. They talked about how geeks tend to apply the tact filter in input, and everybody else on the output, which causes frustration for everyone. Though somebody in the audience asked why that applies to computer geeks but not theater geeks — an interesting question, and one I wish they had probed a bit more.

I keep running in to interesting people here. One day I was talking to someone about alternatives to cfengine (he suggested parrot). This morning I was talking to someone that works for IBM, who is involved with their project to convert desktop machines to Linux and was interested in how we fared. I’ve met several people that spot my Haskell ribbon and are interested. One of them told me at breakfast that he heard there is this new Haskell book coming out that’s about using Haskell in the real world. Another OSCON momemt when I told him I’m one of the authors of that book. The surprise was fun.

Damian Conway had a great talk Monday night on “how to give a great OSCON talk.” I haven’t found his slides anywhere.