Just a little while ago a link to the final report from DebCon7 arrived in my inbox. It was a great way to relive the thrills, chills and spills that made up the 8th annual Debian developers conference which took place this summer.
The alley between my hotel and the conference. Notice the castle in the back.
Over 400 people from around the world attended the event, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, which consisted of talks, hacking, sightseeing and lots of beer drinking. The 30 page document, complete with pictures and charts, talks about how it all went and what went on both professionally and socially. It also includes personal impressions from some of the attendees including Sun's very own Tom Marble. Although my impressions weren't included in the report, I am featured prominently in one of the pictures (I am in the top right quadrant of the group photo, about nine people to the left of the guy on the right with both his hands in the air).
Who Doesn't want to look like the Bay City Rollers?!
One of the more interesting features of the event was the Debian tartan that started out as a joke and then became a reality to the tune of 6,000 pounds. The team who designed the pattern thought long and hard about the various choices (whether before or after the tartan was created I'm not sure) but if you read the report you'll find out the significance of the various elected features.
Probably the tartan's biggest feature is that it "spells out DEBIAN in Morse code (with a correct 1:3 ratio for dots
to dashes, and for the pauses in and between letters)." The report goes on to explain that "the tartan looks
fairly conventional, but it is unusual (although not unique) in that it
is mirrorsymmetrical on only one diagonal. This is to avoid reversing
the Morse section which would
otherwise spell ANIVEU."
And to prove this was legit and not a kludgy hack, the resulting tartan is "being entered into the Scottish Tartans World Register as
tartan number 3210."
Although the tartans were available to all, they were a bit too rich for my blood so instead I decided to invest in a cool Etch-a-release T-shirt.
Spain via Argentina
Debconf7 and Edinburgh were a blast and I look forward to Argentina and Debconf8 and beyond that, the recently announced Debconf9 in the Extremadura region of Spain.
Goodbye Edinburgh, hope to see you again soon (I wonder what this tartan spells in morse code?
More pictures from Edinburgh.
Pau for now...