GUADEC 7 - Impressions
By user12821170 on Jul 05, 2006
The 7th GUADEC event was held between 24th and 30th June in Vilanova i la Geltrú, a mediterranean town situated 45km south of Barcelona and 45km north of Tarragona, and is only 20 minutes from Prat International Airport (Barcelona).
Now that the conference is over and after fixing up the urgent Real Work (TM) in the office, I thought it is nice to write down few things about this conference for the annul GNOME users and developers.
1. This is by far the biggest conference todate numerically. (Don't have the official number, but quite estimate it is very much 400+.
2. The Conference Corner Stone sponsor is Nokia, and they sure know how to make use of the conference to promote their presence in GNOME by sending the most number of attendees (about 20) and giving the most number of talks mainly via the works on maemo.org on the Nokia 770. I guess GNOME is the all encompassing umbrella for the Open Source technologies Nokia has adopted in the hand-held 770 embedded device while Maemo comunnity (www.maemo.org) is being built up.
3. Lots of passionate debates were involved in many of the sessions, including those of performances in GTK+, cleaning up of gnome-vfs, use of FUSE (http://fuse.sourceforge.net/), Printing support in GTK+.
4. Lot of talks surrounding Python bindings for GNOME. Although this is a interesting development, this also diversifies the development environment of GNOME potentially now into C, Python, Mono, and Java (when Sun open source it). These seem to be a lot of individuals in the conference would love to out their hands in Java, one really experience GNOME hacker even spoke to me who thinks Java is much better than Mono. Of course, he is to be remain anonymous
5. The communities are really warm to Sun's present comparing with 2 years ago when I was last there in the GUADEC conference in Kristiansand, Norway. Many technical disucssions were involved, many more social interactions involving drinking Spanish beers, Swapping of personal identity card were great crack!. The day usually starts from 9.30 a.m. and finishes around 1.00 -3.00 a.m., depending which conference buses can one catch at the end of the day.
So this is the best GUADEC conference I have attended thus far!
Next year, GUADEC will be in Birmingham, England.