so there was a bunch of blognoise over the last couple of days regarding the recent desktop linux conference (dlc) in ottawa and kde's appearance there, or relative lack thereof. i don't care to comment on the dlc as i wasn't there so have no first hand knowledge.
that's right: i live in the country and i wasn't there. granted, i'm a four hour airplane ride away, but still: why wasn't i there? because up until this month i have been your typical north american kde developer.
that is to say, i've been working my ass off at a day job, juggling family and a social life and then hacking on kde in all that time i somehow managed to squeeze out of the day (often the squeezing what done to my sleep and weekends). when one then realizes that there aren't all that many of us in north america (just take a look at the map at worldwide.kde.org) it becomes pretty obvious that there probably isn't a lot of kde specific promo time available on this continent.
making matters worse, when kde hackers have been picked up to work on kde related tech, they usually move to europe to do so. we have a number of american kde hackers over in europe, including scott wheeler, zack rusin and charles samuels who spends much of the year attending university in england. this hasn't helped our relative man power in north america. and we don't even have a "kde canada" or "kde usa"; and it's not for wont of desire but for wont of time available to those of us here working on kde.
contrast this situation with that in europe with the scads of kde developers, multiple regional kde groups and it becomes fairly apparent why the conference coverage and involvement is so much better there than it is here.
but lo! this may be coming to an end! for instance, with my new found kde hacking day life i'll be able to attend probably all the major north american conferences and i'll have a lot more time and energy to devote to increasing the public awareness of kde both here and elsewhere.
additionally, the Open Source Desktop Workshops will be starting up in october with the idea of marching this show all around north america training up new developers who can spread the kde goodness around the continent. you can see the OSDW draft website here, but please don't submit it slashdot quite yet. it'll be moving to a faster server and needs copy adjustments before we do that ;) the pr engine around OSDW is about start this coming week, so we'll have lots of time to spread the word about it!
and finally: who knows. maybe some energetic and enterprising kde fan, or better yet a gaggle of energetic and enterprising kde fans, will set up a kde north america regional kde group and, to quote emeril, kick it up a notch.
peace, luv, happiness and kisses all around.