The Texas Linux Fest is a new one-day technical conference, just in its second year. I was not able to attend last year due to it being held at the same time as the 2010 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, and this year it was looking questionable also– but thanks to Gabriel Beddingfield all obstacles were removed. Gotta love the Linux community!
The conference was held at the downtown Hilton in Austin, Texas, a great central location for the state in general. Attendance of over 550 looked to be on par with expectations, as the keynote room was full.
Delivering the keynote this year was Ken Starks of the HeliOS Project. His subject was “How Desktop Linux is Shaping the Future.” I enjoyed his talk but have to admit I didn’t see much of a link between the body and the title. The talk was engaging, a bit rambling, and to me was more about improving the Linux experience for end users. Continue reading
Posted in Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Out There, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged 2011, annual, Austin, conference, event, forumnokia, Hilton, LinkedIn, Linux, MeeGo, Texas, Texas Linux Fest
I’ve had a few days now since the first-ever MeeGo Conference ended to jettison the jet lag and sort my thoughts, so it’s time to run through experiences there. This will come from a purely personal viewpoint; later I’ll do a more objective analysis of the event. Apologies in advance for the epic length.
I had a “Birds of a Feather” (BoF) workshop scheduled as well as a lightning talk, so there was obvious work involved for the presentations. The lightning talk, an introduction to MeeGo Greeters, was easy to work up. The BoF on user engagement was more difficult, as I had never conducted one before at the conference level. After kicking ideas around I decided to wait until arriving in Dublin and draw out the thoughts of friends and especially my two co-panelists Timo and Leinir. Since this was meant as a brainstorm I figured it might not even hurt to completely wing it. Barring, though, a frustrating tendency to occasionally freeze into a mute on stage or fail to edit a long talk down to lightning class.
But most of my time beforehand was spent drawing requested custom characters for the MeeGo community. Dubbed “Meegons“, the little things turned out to be immensely popular, particularly the week before I had to leave. I had decided to create badge and device stickers of them for as many people as I could. As luck would have it, high humidity made printing a real pain just prior to my flight out, but by some miracle I got everything done that I could. Continue reading
Posted in The Write Stuff, Ways of Rocking, Mentioning Maemo, Inviting Change, Great Governance, Mentioning MeeGo
Tagged LinkedIn, Nokia, Linux, Intel, netbook, MeeGo, conference, AMD, forumnokia, MeeGoConf, Dublin, Ireland, Aviva, Lenovo, Ideapad, S10-3t, United Airlines, Guinness
A great deal of useful conversation during Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit 2010 (LFCS2010) earlier this year revolved around what a MeeGo community should look like. There are of course numerous aspects to this but for now I want to focus on three only: what sort of constituency would best benefit MeeGo, how could the website structure reflect, support and encourage that constituency, and what might this mean for maemo.org.
It might be helpful for the reader to browse through threads under Community Matters at the MeeGo discussion forum, as I will be referring to points raised there. However, that won’t be necessary for a high-level perspective. Regardless, a community is actually taking shape so I think it’s time to discuss a few subjects. Continue reading
Posted in The Write Stuff, Mentioning Maemo, Views and Reviews, Great Governance, Mentioning MeeGo
Tagged LinkedIn, Maemo, Nokia, Intel, community, maemo.org, 2010, MeeGo, conference, Linux Foundation, structure, Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, Greeters, LFCS, governance, membership, forumnokia
A handful of people with ties to the maemo.org community have been kicking around the idea of a new podcast. I’m not going to go too deeply into the proposed format at this time but rather will present the technical wishes discussed so far and solicit input from the readers on how to address them.
Interested? Read on!
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Tagged conference, conferencing, Gizmo, Google, GSoC, internet radio, LinkedIn, Linux Foundation, LiveMeeting, Maemo, MeeGo, OGG, open source, OpenID, podcast, podcasting, Qt, Radiator, technology, twitter, VB.Net, Web runtime, Webex, WMA, WRT