FOSS Camp Prague
By barton808 on May 21, 2008
Last night I got back at 1AM from a glorious week in Prague. The first two days were spent attending FOSS camp, followed by a day off to explore the city and then Monday I attened the opening day of the Ubuntu Developer Summit (aka UDS Intrepid).
The view from my hotel room. Not bad for a Holiday Inn!
Setting up Camp
FOSS Camp was sponsored by Canonical but its focus was on FOSS in general and not limited to Ubuntu. The event was a great opportunity for "Team Sun" (composed of people from OpenJDK, OpenOffice, GlassFish and NetBeans) to present what we have been working on, meet a lot of the community players and learn about other projects. Unlike UDS, FOSS camp was in an unstructured un-conference format where people basically went up to a white board at the beginning of each day and wrote up sessions they wanted to lead:
One of the sessions that was particularly helpful was the packaging jam/tutorial that Daniel Holbach led. Also, in the OpenOffice session which Mark Shuttleworth and Zonker of OpenSUSE joined, I felt there was some definite progress made between the two OO camps. [Check out Zonker's take on FOSS Camp here.]
Overall there were about 80 folks who attended over the two days. Sun had 10 folks who attended and hailed from a handful of locations: Silicon Valley, Prague, Hamburg, Austin and St. Petersburg. Oh and did I mention that the food was really good?!
Stay tuned for my UDS day one report and pics....
Jono Bacon kicks off FOSS Camp with a sermon on the evils of alcohol, while Mark Shuttleworth looks on.
Team Sun and Daniel: (L-R) David (OpenJDK), Daniel (MOTU god), Stefan (OpenOffice), Nitya (GlassFish), Me, Marek & Alexei (NetBeans)
View from the session room.
An unholy alliance of community leaders, Zonker of OpenSUSE and Jono of Ubuntu fame.
Heading off to dinner.
Prague isn't ugly.
Beer, Absinthe and outdoor dining, who could ask for more?!
Night in the old town square.
Pau for now...