After long times I finally have time to publish my impressions about FOSDEM 2010.
In advance I can say it was a beautiful experience.
I arrived on Friday afternoon and I met the other fedora ambassadors for the EMEA Ambassador meeting, let me say meeting face to face is worthy more thatn 1000 characters typed on IRC. It Was a pleasure to see a lot of new faces and meet again all the veterans after long time. A lot of Greeks and a lot of people coming from The Netherlands.
On Saturday afternoon I gave a speech on Groovy. It was a really base introduction starting from a Java code. The room was completely full of people, and let me say the java room were only from people really interested to, it was far from the whole event, so every person there was more interesting. At the end the talk went pretty well. I was so nervous and I made a lot of mistakes while typed my code live, I also broke it swapping missingMethodException and methodMissing().
Anyway the good news for me is that globally groovy is a technology that still gain a lot of people, considering is not anymore the hottest one (I mean the one under the reflectors, like Scala is right now).
I didn’t follow any talk, I spent all my time talking with a lot of people in particular Fedora ambassadors, to have improve my network with them. This time my english was much better and I could contribute more with my thoughts.
I stayed almost all Sunday at Fedora booth. I left it just to have help from sspeitzer to flash it with cynogemod. We dumped it and we were close to start the flash, but I needed to backup my data before so we didn’t go further. I still trying to syncronize my calendar but seems no calendar alternative applications are available on Android (and this sucks).
The social events were really amazing, we went twice to Delirium Cafe and I can say Belgian beers are amazing! I Love them!
What it will remains impress in my mind, from this FOSDEM, it will be the friendly spirit and the coperation we had. It was impressing how we managed the booth and the organization, in particular was terrific the cooperations cross-distribution we have with other guys from Debian, Centos… I believe the decision of the FOSDEM organization to mix the distributions rooms was a good choice.
It was worthy for my coming to this event, I went home with a lot of new ideas and motivations.
And I discovered that I love Brussels!
Other photos here.