It’s been a few years, but I used to have an OSCON tradition of getting a bunch of interesting people together for lunch, from a variety of free-software and open-source communities.
This year I’m suggesting we do the same, on Wednesday of OSCON week. Let me know in the comments or via email if you’re interested.
I’ll also be hosting a RedMonk beering, beginning Wednesday night around 9:30–10pm. Location TBD, watch the Twitters.
Update (2013/07/19): Beers will begin around 9:30pm Wednesday at Bailey’s Taproom (213 SW Broadway, which is downtown). The place is open till midnight and we’ll likely be there till then.
At OSCON, I gave a lightning talk on what’s happened in Gentoo in the past year. It was part of a big session covering about 15 or 20 different projects, and it’s been a lot of fun both times I’ve done it. Here’s the slides: [ODF] [PDF]
If any of you are LWN readers and would really like to see coverage of any specific sessions or topics at OSCON, please leave a comment on here and I’ll see what I can do.
I’m giving a short talk at OSCON next week on Gentoo’s progress in the past year. So please comment on my blog to let me know areas you want me to cover. I’m open to any and all ideas.
BTW: Anybody living near Portland got a couch I could crash on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday of next week (July 24-26, 2007)?
The deadline for proposing ideas for OSCON talks was Monday at 11:59 p.m. Naturally I clicked Submit for the final time not long before then, at 11:56 p.m. Note I said “final time,” implying more than one—I decided to go all-out and submit three ideas, in hopes that at least one will slip through. For the curious, they are
- Design and publish beautifully and professionally: How to create a professional-looking document, using Scribus and Inkscape. Many people who read this probably don’t realize I spent four years working as a page designer and copy editor at newspapers. I continue that interest today as editor of a newsletter about open-source activity for the Open Source Educational Laboratory at Oregon State.
- Community dynamics in a large open-source project: Problems, solutions and conundrums in Gentoo. The funniest (and saddest) part is when the same things begin to repeat themselves, and nobody else remembers last time it happened.
- Open-source software in the biosciences: Where we are and what we learned on the voyage: The cruel joke of scientists as programmers. As a grad student in biochemistry at OSU, I’ve had to deal with more ugly software than many of you can imagine. But at least more of it is open source now, right?
Anyone else submit proposals? I’d be interested to hear what they’re about.