well, i'm back home now. the p-man and i took the day off to play some risk (he beat me ... again.. gah!), go out for brunch and generally just hang out. now that he's with me full time, it feels even more strange not to be home; i wake up in hotel rooms in the middle of the night with a panicky "where is he?" feeling. so odd.
i unintentionally didn't get much sleep the night before i arrive, which sort of sucked. but i arrived in good spirit after sleeping curled up in an airplane seat; who knew i could curl up and fit completely in the seat!
on friday, i poured pretty much everything i had into the keynote. it was streamed live across the world via the internet and several of the other release events/parties were able to tune it. the presentations are now online at google video, so that's cool. and yes, i know a lot of people don't like my new hair cut, so you don't need to tell me again in this blog ;)
afterwards it was photos with konqi and kate: a couple of great kde people had made full size mascot costumes of the two dragons and paraded about the grounds. it was awesome. second-awesome prize went to the cases of kde label wine that debuted at the sushi and finger foods dinner.
unfortunately after that it was meetings, meetings and more meetings for me. about six of us met with some of the linux kernel hackers, including Andrew Morton, and the exchange was great. we got some answers to questions we had, such as "how can we best avoid trashing the cache when opening large files so kmail doesn't have to reload all 10k emails from disk just because k3b burns an iso?" we also got a lesson in "file a bug, send some emails" which is funny because it's what we tell all of our users. i think it was great to start building some of those communication and personal bridges that are so desperately needed at all levels of the stack to make something that truly embodies the greatness of all the minds involved.
i also had meetings with various commercial interests, though i missed the ones with Sun at menlo park that apparently went swimingly. the LinuxMCE meeting at the end of the night was good, even if it did take my dinner time and leave me back at the airport at nearly 23:00. i still got in a karaoke song after arriving at the hotel, sampling some of Ade's awesome freshly baked cookies (yes, the hotel let us use their kitchen; the Wild Palms *rocked*!) and heading down to the Oasis where i met up with a bunch of the kde folk already far along the road to song and inebriation. i did my best to catch up, and i think i somewhat succeeded, though i was mostly helped by my general state of exhaustion at that point. the hot tub at the end of it all before heading off to the airport for back home was a god send.
in short, the event was awesome. the presentations rocked. it was terrific to see all the people from outside the kde project who came, got it and got excited. live streaming, press, awesome food, a great atmosphere ... i think we just raised expectations for what a release event looks like in the free software world ;) on the really great news side of things, we want to turn this event into a yearly north american even. now, we probably won't do a huge blow out like this one every year, mostly because we don't have a 4.0 every year. but we want to bring kde into the americas a lot more. so summer in europe (akademy), and winter in the americas ..
and because they deserve more than they can ever know: massive, major kudos to all the people in the the kde promo group who sweat, bled and even cried now and again to make this happen. thanks also to google and their teams for making it run unbelievably smoothly.
if you want to see complete coverage of the event, including videos of the talks, visit the following articles on theDot: The First Day of the KDE 4.0 Release Event, The Second Day of the KDE 4.0 Release Event and KDE 4.0 Release Event Keynote Now Online.
for me it was high energy, low sleep and even lower calories event (amazing how meetings mean you never get to really eat properly; though i did get in two decent dinners .. breakfasts and lunches were non-existent). so it's just good to be back home.
i'm off at the end of the week for linux.conf.au, though, so i'm going to spend this week laying somewhat low on the internet so i can concentrate on plasma, plasma, more plasma and spending after school time with p. while i'm still here.