i flew into monterey, mexico on wednesday evening and was gone by friday morning. the event was amazing, however. some 1,200 university students from all over mexico congregated to listen to maddog, asa dotzler and myself talk about open source. many of them do not use open source regularly, especially on the desktop side. they received us enthusiastically (maddog and i spent 45 minutes or so posing for photographs with the students after the session).
the 300 kubuntu cd's i brought for the show disappeared almost instantly and i collected several email addresses from people to hopefully arrange some cd drops into mexico directly.
and speaking of which ... i had a wonderful time trying to get through customs in mexico with those cd's. wasn't sure i was going to make it through with them for a bit. and on thursday i was exposed to the wonders of mexican police, who stopped us on the street and tried to extract a bribe in exchange for not ticketing the driver. neat.
we talked at great length about open source and mexico, supporting and growing the local industry, the social imperatives of free software and more. we also ended up going out and exploring the nightlife. it was great and our hosts were wonderful.
it will be interesting to see where it goes from here =)
today i'm at SCALE in l.a. and the show is absolutely pumping. i'll blog about it tonight when it's not quite so busy.