when kde comes to town, e.g. at the trysil meeting, we tend to have an effect on the information flow in the area. right now if one searches google for trysil, a kde blog entry comes up in 5th position. it even appears ahead of the wikipedia entry. wow.
we've also been in the regional newspapers twice: once while we were still there and meeting and again just today. the writer, inge scheve, brought by two copies of the paper for us just before we left on saturday and also did a second interview with myself and the other kde devs who were still present. our first article appeared on page 19 with a teaser on the front page; both snippets included photos. inge covered the social aspects of free software and kde meetings. today's article also included photos and covered the technical goals of kde4 and what we accomplished while we were there. according to our native norwegian 'man on the ground' olav, she got the details right. given that inge is actually a sports writer that's pretty terrific. i think it speaks to both her abilities as a journalist as well as the increasing clarity of our communication.
inge's also been keeping me up to date with the ongoings in trysil, such as the recent take over of the public transit system by the resident rumanent union (ovis local 232). or something like that. here, look for yourself:
in any case, it's probably fair to say that people in the trysil area are now much more aware of kde and the whole free software desktop thing than they were a couple weeks ago. this obviously wasn't our intention when planning the meeting in trysil, but it is a good example of how one can hook up effectively with local media when there is something newsworthy to promote.
i'm in much better spirits today thanks to a good night's sleep. even though it's "teleconference tuesday" (in which my morning is monopolized by my least favourite household appliance: the telephone) i'm having a good time of it.