Well, there wasn’t a Day 1 for me (I got to the hotel too late to follow the first day of the meeting), so that is why I’m starting on day 2. To start, I need to say that I had never been to a sprint before: I am already accustomed to meeting for real someone from online, but for all the attendants, they had been just names or nicks on IRC. That means I was a bit nervous.
The first encounter worked out pretty well, actually. I went with the others to have a dinner out, and I got to talk to “famous” KDE people such as Troy, Lydia, or Jos. I also had the nice opportunity to meet up with my fellow forum administrator neverendingo, and we discussed a bit on how to improve the forums. In short, the evening was really nice. I even got to see a N900! I thought I’d never see that. A very nice piece of hardware, I’d say.
The following morning, aside a little incident (the other people forgot about me!) I walked up to KONSEC where the meeting was held. While Cornelius led the discussion (the Dot will have more details in due time), I worked on helping out with a promo booklet the team is making. I’m used to writing, but writing in an appealing way to a less specialized audience is much harder. Thanks go to Jos who got me on the right track.
Then part of the people moved to another room to discuss about getting new contributors to KDE while I stayed with Jos and Stuart to work on other material. It was a little draining, but very productive overall. I am actually happy to be part of this, for a change, rather than passively reading about it on the web. It’s nice to give something back to your favorite project, as little as may be.
Lastly, we went out for a dinner in an Indian restaurant (nice food, not too much though), and we went back (with Eckhart showing us innovative ways to get back by changing multiple subway trains). And here I am, writing a small report of this day.
It’s been a very positive experience so far. I finally saw more people who use KDE, and they’re also both fun and nice. Now it’s time for bed, I still have a good half of a day for work before I get back.
Luca Beltrame KDE · LINUX