i'm feeling a wee bit jet lagged right now. my body is urging me to sleep, but i need to get some food into me first and i figured i may as well do email and blog a bit.
linux.conf.au was amazing. i met several people for the first time and got to attend some really terrific talks (vanJacobson's presentation on speeding up networking was really impressive, for instance). i didn't get to much the first two days as i was speaking for the length of each of those, but the the next two days i only did half days and friday was all mine to attend at will.
the osdw miniconf went very well, with those attending being pretty impressed with what kde has to offer. kde's dev framework shows really well, so props to everyone who has been involved with that: you've done a world class job! we covered everything from build systems to database programming, from kparts to ioslaves... very fun.
the kiosk talks were well attended and there were the usual number of "jaw drop" moments as people discovered just how powerful and flexible kiosk is. when showing kiosktool a few people expressed interest in helping improve it, and i even received a patch the day after the conclusion of the kiosk talks implementing one of the suggested improvements. open source in action! =)
the kde4 talk got the most attention, filling one of the 2 larger auditoriums. phonon, solid, oxygen and plasma all impressed, as did the amazingly cool "appfs" demo based on george staiko's code ....
the dinners and evening events were very enjoyable and provided a great way to speak at length in comfortable surroundings with various people. in the picture we were about to play some pool post-dinner while talking about various user interface metaphores (i believe we were discussing "leaves on water" when this one was taken, actually)
during the days and some evenings it was work as usual. i got to spend some hacking time with newly met friends. a highlight was tridge (of samba fame) demoing ldb for me; we discussed usage of it in kde over the next couple days (more on that in another blog entry). of course there was the usual networking, intra-project bridge building, user relationship building, etc .... thankfully, linux.conf.au is very technical so there were no "suits" and an extremely high godlikepersons quotient in attendance.
the kde thong accompanied me, as it does to most of these events, and was an instant hit with me being asked to recount the sordid details of its existence a few times and once even being cajoled into modeling it for a bunch of shutterbugs in the main causeway: