The Software Freedom Day 2008 is approaching. The event will take place wherever you want. If you are interested, just register a team, gather a few friends, and start organizing that in your street, at a local pub, in your university, or wherever you see fit.
MySQL people are very conscious about open source, and we decided to participate to the event somehow. For starters, Sun is a sponsor, and that is a good sign that we care. But we need also to make our presence known. So the initial plan was that every Sun community would encourage its members to create a local Software Freedom Day team and participate.
However, on September 20, the designated day, 250 Sun/MySQL engineers will be in Riga, Latvia, in the middle of our annual developers meeting.
Not a problem. Since we're there, we can celebrate abroad. We have a culture of working from home and while traveling, so an event away from home does not scare us. We got in contact with the local communities, and organized a team in cooperation with
And probably more people who may have joined the effort since we started.
It's a Latvian event, with a distinct international flavor. We will gladly provide the speakers necessary to the event, and the locals will inject their enthusiasm. In the evening, a buffet will combine free software and free beer in a well tested combination.
A special thanks to Leo Trukšāns and Michael Dexter for showing us the way through Latvian open source paths. To Georg Richter for scouting the paths in Riga, and to Lenz Grimmer, for gluing all the above together.