Well, here I am. Internet access has been both really scarce and really expensive all week. Now that I'm at the conference, access is abundant and free, but of course I've been much busier here. Ah well.
Borken: Lost in Translation
It has been fun, though. This conference is really neat: compared to others I've attended I'd say it's less technical, less coding-oriented, and more general-purpose, which ends up attracting a bigger audience. There are lots, and I mean lots, of booths representing different projects, which is something missing from OLS and less pronounced at Linux-Kongress. What's good is that it's an easy way to meet people working on these projects, and so there are constantly tons of people milling about.
KDE and Gnome: Together at last!
My talk on WvStreams attracted a smallish, but very sharp audience. I got some great questions, some new things to look at, and a few promises to try WvStreams and let me know what happens. Stirring up interest and enthusiasm is fun.
A good, worthwhile trip, overall. Most people here speak at least some English, and I speak at least some German, so it's not hard at all to have real conversations with people. (Avery has been doing surprisingly well with his hand-waving and facial-expressions method of communication.) The point of conferences, as pphaneuf says, is not to attend the talks, although if you get something out of them that's great, but to meet people, learn what they're working on, and see where life takes you. Hard to argue with that.
Meanwhile, I will try to get all my pictures from this conference (and from CodeCon too) up without any too-horrible delays. We'll see. Flying home tomorrow.