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OSCON - the Wrap-Up 49

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lisah writes "NewsForge's Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier has been reporting from OSCON all week and wrote a great wrap up of the event. He even had the foresight to take along a video camera while rubbing elbows with some of what Brockmeier calls the 'leading minds in open source.' Caught on tape: Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, Python creator Guido van Rossum, Jeff Waugh of Canonical, Greg Lund-Chaix of OSL, and OSCAMP 2006 organizer Brandon Sanders."
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OSCON - the Wrap-Up

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  • He even had the foresight to take along a video camera while rubbing elbows with some of what Brockmeier calls the 'leading minds in open source.' Caught on tape: Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman, Python creator Guido van Rossum, Jeff Waugh of Canonical, Greg Lund-Chaix of OSL, and OSCAMP 2006 organizer Brandon Sanders.

    That's great that he caught Guido van Rossum, but no video of Chris DiBona and Karl Fogel?
    • by xonker (29382) *
      Sorry, no. I have some additional video interviews that will be up this week for individual stories, but none of Chris or Karl. Note that O'Reilly didn't allow video of the actual sessions (like the executive briefing), or I would have just set the camera up on a tripod for all of the sessions that I attended. I really would have loved to have shared Eben Moglen's keynote from Friday...
      • by CanSpice (300894)
        They allowed it for a couple of the sessions I was in. One of them had an O'Reilly staff member in it, and a guy asked her if he could tape it and she said sure, as long as he didn't interfere with the actual session.
        • Okay, let me re-phrase: When I got my press credentials, I was told that videotaping sessions (presumably for making public) was not allowed. I'm sure O'Reilly wasn't policing the conference, but I did talk to O'Reilly's organizers and re-affirmed at the conference that they weren't allowing reporters to videotape sessions for use.
      • by khendron (225184)
        O'Reilly itself taped all the keynotes. Anybody have any idea whether O'Reilly will release their own tapes?
    • Chris DiBona has grown a beard, which he says gives him a more "evil" look. Since evil and Google don't go together, he probably didn't recognize him.
  • *focus* (Score:2, Informative)

    by Awod (956596)
    Ok, I'm tired of getting modded 0 and 1 this post will be 100% serious for the TFA solely because my jokes weren't funny enough. Here it goes: Useful Info~ If you're interested in getting involved with kernel development please visit: http://kernelnewbies.org/ [kernelnewbies.org] which is run by Kroah-Hartman. An interview with Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python: http://www.newsforge.com/blob.pl?id=1a2eb8656310db 65fa03461a41a91866 [newsforge.com] and finally Jeff Waugh, the creator of Ubuntu and the newest edition which will be tal
  • by Bing Tsher E (943915) on Tuesday August 01, 2006 @10:04PM (#15829048) Journal
    Open Source needs to be about broad teams of user/developers. Not about luminaries and celebrities.

    The heros of OS are an inspiration, but I think they'd rather have a team of peers to work with than a sort of paparazzi experience.

  • Guido van Rossum? Doesn't the U.S. have a trade and travel embargo against Cuba because of him?
  • Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier

    I wonder if he has any relation to the infamous Zonk on /.

  • First of all, may I please express my thanks for a great conference!

    Because of work requirements and having returned from the OLS (Ottawa Linux Symposium); my attendence at Oscon was limited.

    The few BOF's that I did attend were very much worthwile. I attended the open source in medical BOF as well as the embedded open source BOF. I did bring home some good information from both as well (hopefuly) leave behind some good information on my own.

    This, by the way, is my fourth Oscon; I started with the first one in Portland in 2003. As I live in Portland, I have no problem attending this since I don't have to fork out for travel (yecch!) or hotel.

    Which comes to my sentiments on the venue. Oscon, this year, like last year, was held at the Oregon Convention Center. Prior to that, it was held at the Marriot on the waterfront.

    I really wasn't going to mention this, but I need to be blunt here. I think that the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) has perhaps the worst soul for any place that I have been to! This is the place! Oscon, the convention, is fine! I only feel sorry they have to use that place.

    The Oscon's of 03 and 04 were at the Marriot, which was a much nicer venue. True, they outgrew it, but it still had a much more intimate, nuturing atmophere for this event. I felt very comfortable during those Oscon's than the last two. There were very nice places to 'hang out and chat with others between sessions and in the evening.

    What immediately punched me in the stomach about both Oscon 05 and this one was the forboding atmosphere of the place.

    This was especially true when I arrived for an evening BOF on Monday night. I arrived at about 7 PM. When I walked into the building, I felt like I just left civilization. There were no people around! The feeling was very eerie. I felt like that I really did not belong there! I had a badge and was properly registered; that was not the problem. I just had a very cold, forboding feeling. I really wanted to turn around and run, not walk right back outside.

    I walked for what seemed like hundreds of feet without seeing another soul. That's right; not another person! Finally, I came across a security guard who looked like he wanted to run, not walk, out of that building like me. He did not challenge me, but he did point me to where the BOF's were taking place. Hundreds of more feet without seeing another soul later, I finally came across a few people. I did find the BOF. It was a group of 20 odd people right smack in the middle of nowhere in a huge cavernous hallway whose' air conditioning kept it at about 40 degrees.

    The next day, when the exhibits were open; and there were people; it still felt very alian and lonelly. I have longed for the atmosphere back at the Marriot. I just could not get the will to 'hang around' and socialize with the folks I saw there. I lasted about 1 and 1/2 hours at the exhibits before I had to get the **** out of there and outdoors.

    I came back another evening for a BOF. This one was in one of the rooms; it was better than my first one. But, when it was over (at about 9 PM), I just had to get out of there. I know that if this were somewhere else, I would have stayed around and talked with the others.

    One thing that I have noticed is how quickly the place emptied out after the last regular sessions let out. This was far different from the experience that I had at OLS, which was in Ottawa. Both were technical conferences with BOF's in the evening. At OLF, people hung around for the BOF's and socialized afterward.

    I have been at other functions at OCC and I get the same feelings for each one. It's OCC; not the event. I have also talked with others and have found some agreement with my feelings.

    OCC is very oversized. It's built for stuff that Portland would never catch. If it were about 1/4 it's size, I think it would have been a lot better. Oscon, great conference it is, is almost invisible in that vast space.

    To those of you who put on Oscon; I can't, and won't b
  • "OSCON"? WTF? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    NewsForge's Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier has been reporting from OSCON all week and wrote a great wrap up of the event.

    How about telling your reader WTF the news are about? You know, something like this:
    NewsForge's Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier has been reporting from OSCON (please insert "OSCON" definition here) all week and wrote a great wrap up of the event.
  • I'd enjoy it if readers would like to take a look at my coverage of the event for IBM developerWorks. I think I interviewed some interesting people, and generally report on a number of sessions Slashdotters might like. Look at:

    http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/da vidmertz [ibm.com]
  • Hm, somehow I made Zonker leave my session. I don't know whether I feel proud or depressed!

  • this i a great summary bravo!

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