After 18 hours of travel, I was not impressed to find out that whilst I had made it my bag was slower and still in Madrid. As far as I know it still is. I'm hoping that when I get back to the hotel this evening that I have new clothes to wear. Would be nice.
That little speedbump aside, it's been a great visit thus far. Met up with a couple of KDE hackers, Jonathan Riddel and Richard Dale, as well a bunch of truly awesome local individuals. Here's a couple of pictures from last night's dinner (at 23:00 =) right after getting to the hotel last night:
... and as you can see, I was wicked tired by the time it was all done last night:
We (the dozen or of us that were at the dinner) did manage to have some rousing conversations about the islands here, Free software, KDE and the issue of lack of vision (and what that means) in the Free software desktop world. I'm learning that people simply do not understand what having a common vision means (it's often confused with unrelated ideas like "picking one project" or "identical implementation approaches" or "centralization"). Once the concept is properly understood, I find people agree quite strongly with the idea, so maybe that's the issue.
Some of the guys really liked my analogy of pushing a big ball. I'll have to use that in a public discussion at some point.
Today some of us went and met with a group of local entrepreneurs and local officials to take a tour of the local Kubuntu-based distribution used in educational environments on the islands:
They are doing some really cool things, but also need some additional things.
I also talked today with a fellow who had wanted to work on adding language selection to KDM (and seems to have ideas for other such things with KDM) but had been waiting for a rather lengthy and undirected discussion on bugs.kde.org to get sorted out so he knew exactly how to implement it ("should it show the languages in English, or translated into their native languages?" .. "should it show all available languages, or just certain configured ones?). I suggested he look at the discussion as an advisory thread but to just implement what he wanted, starting with the basic and obvious feature and go from there, but certainly not to let an unending discussion impede him. That, apparently, was all the permission he was looking for.
Interesting how so often the barriers to participation are not technical.
I'm due to give my first presentation of the conference in a couple hours here. Meantime I've been compiling, doing email and started a bit of hacking. I had to set up an ssh tunnel to get my email, though, as they are blocking pretty much everything except http and ssh here. Meh. "They haven't build a firewall strict enough to hold me yet!" is what I say ;)
p.s. I've been using capitals in my blog entries for a couple weeks now. Besides a few of my friends asking if everything was alright given my sudden finding of the shift key ;) none of the complainers have said a damn thing. You ungrateful *$#!s. ;)