This has been discussed over with the GNUstep people, seems to have quite a few enthusiastic supporters.
This is a *very* geeky thought, but it strikes me that 2004-10-19 is the tenth anniversary of the OpenStep specification being published, and in my book that's as good an excuse for a party as any. Unfortunately, 2004-10-19 is also a Tuesday; however may I recommend that GNUstep/NeXTSTEP people from all over the world arrange to have parties on the weekend of October 16/17? I for one would like to meet some of you, discuss GNUstep, OS X, NeXT, reminisce about computers gone by and also have a lot of fun.
So, how does it sound? I'd appreciate any feedback. Number of people interested, locations of people, willingness to travel, what you'd like to do; and most important of all willingness to arrange meet-ups! It's unfeasible that everyone could get to one meeting but if we can arrange parties in a number of suitably-spaced locations then we'll still have a world-wide spirit; handy when considering the world-wide web came from NeXTSTEP!
I myself will definitely organise something in Oxford, England...what we do depends on what people want to do, but I can definitely promise at least one real black slab for those who have never seen one to play around, compare it with GNUstep/Cocoa, and see what we're all fussing about. And whatever people want to do, I'm sure we can find a way to do it in Oxford (or at least jump on a bus to London, for more adventurous activities....).
OK, so the date was a bit of a cheesy tie-in, but the idea's real. Meeting other *steppers, sharing information, shaking the hand of that person you've been chatting to for the last few years on the mailing list, they're all worthy goals, no? Let me know what you think.
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