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» LinuxTag 2010 WrapUp

Sun, 06/13/2010 - 01:49

Hello everyone,

I have the urge to write a quick wrap up over the just finished LinuxTag 2010: All in all, I had a good time. Really, imo it was better than last time (granted though, last LinuxTag sucked pretty badly).

Anyhow, this time was my first shot at being a speaker. Boy was I nervous… I trembled quite badly at the beginning but got confident after a few minutes. Too many “ähm“‘s and “äh“‘s though ;-) Anyhow, I apparently did my job well enough: My talk was about KDevelop 4 - Faster C++ Programming. But yeah, I did it in German (it was my first talk on such a convention, and I was already nervous enough :P), but still - since I did a live presentation I was apparently able to impress even non-German speaking attendees by the sheer amount of visual coolness I could present :)

Really, the C++ features in KDevelop I showed are so nuts and awesome, I have to thank David and friends for implementing them in KDevelop. Great job everyone! It made my life as a speaker quite easy :)

If anyone is interested in the German talk (audio is good, visuals not really…), you can download a 23min part of the talk on rapidshare: http://rapidshare.com/files/397758262/Milian-LT2010.M4V.html (Thanks to Adrian for recording and uploading it!)

What this talk showed me in retrospect, esp. combined with the feedback I got afterwards and the recurring nags in #kdevelop on freenode, is that we are in dire need of writing documentation for KDevelop. Since we devels don’t have much time for that (and it’s boring…) I think/hope to write at least a short blog series about “hidden” features, i.e. the stuff I showed in my talk. Starting with that, I hope that one of you, dear readers, steps up and creates a proper Docbook documentation out of that :)

Oh and yeah, I had quite a few chats with the friends from QtCreator developers over at the Qt/Nokia booth. They do a quite good job at catching up with us apparently :P Well, that’s what they have their payed developers for after all ;-) One real “advantage” KDevelop has though, is that it’s inherently language agnostic. The Qt guys have of course no intention to support e.g. PHP. We otoh want that - and already do so. I had a few chats with (sometimes future) users of our PHP plugin and got quite good feedback, which I want to implement eventually. Even so, I actually started implementing the first features for PHP 5.3 support: Namespaces. If someone wants a good laugh, look at how that is designed for PHP 5.3, it must have been a drunken Windows guy that never used Namespaces in any other language before… sigh.

Anyways, back to LinuxTag in general: It was of course nice again to see so many fellow KDE developers and supporters. Also seeing the good old Ubuntu Berlin and LinuxTag crowd I “know” now after four years here, was a good thing. What I have to say is that attending a conference and actually taking the time to visit a few talks is much nicer than staying at the booth all time. Yes, sorry Eckhart for even doing some hacking on the booth, but we should all take that time for ourselves. We’ve been a large crowd at the booth nevertheless, esp. since we had the combined manpower (and women!) of Amarok, Kubuntu and KDE! And attending conferences and having some quiet time makes booth-work much more bearable. It’s not like I didn’t talk to people though, quite the contrary. But as always (esp. at events like LinuxTag), you get to talk to at least one insane person every day ;-) And after the second you kind of start to loose your faith in humanity… :P

Nice as always were the social events surrounding the fair-hours, most notably of course the “friends of Qt/Nokia” dinner that served us awesome food once again. The social event of the LinuxTag at Thursday was much better than last year (even though / because?) it was sponsored by Microsoft this year. Good job that we == KDE rocked the dance floor of course ;-) Tonight we wrapped it up with the usual Ubuntu BBQ at cbase, a nice end to an imo good event. If they can improve it some more next year by pushing the community aspect more once again, I’m confident that LinuxTag in Berlin could become as good as it was a few years ago!

Anyhow, now I really have to do some more catch-up for Quanta GSOC ;-) Good night!

» LinuxTag Day One

Wed, 05/28/2008 - 15:29

Like last year I’m again standing at the Kubuntu Community booth at this years LinuxTag. Just now I’ve attended the keynote held by Aaron Seigo, ambassador of the KDE project. It was a very interesting talk which covered topics like Internet-Mobile-Desktop interaction, security, effects, Nokia and more. The most important parts roughly listed are:

  • you’ll one day be able to use the same (KDE) applications everywhere - Marble and Plasma for example already just compile and work on mobile devices
  • the internet will get much more embedded into your everyday applications. Marble with OpenStreetMap & Wikipedia support or Amarok with its storage backends (Lastfm, Jamendo etc. etc.) are good examples in this regard.
  • KDE4 is much more accessible than KDE3 thanks to QAccessible
  • security and privacy is not forgotten! This is free software, don’t forget that. Plasma Applet packages will get GPG signed (just like the DEB packages in Apt). And you have control over what data is send where - no Stasi 2.0 here!
  • Nokia is actively supporting KDE, fear not! And of course never underestimate the power of the Free Qt Foundation.

All in all it was a very good presentation with good questions - very informative! I’m totally going to check out kde4daily now - KDE 4.1 is impressive!

Just on a sidenote: LinuxTag is going well but Kubuntu and Ubuntu did not get any CDs shipped by Canonical which is a shame of course… Nevertheless the social aspect of this fair is awesome again - you get to know so many people and meet some which you’ve talked to over IRC for ages. Yesterday we went to a bar at Hackescher Markt with the KDE and Amarok guys and had a few beers, tomorrow will be the social event, which was absolutely humongous (to use a word Aaron teached me yesterday ;-) ) last year. And on Friday we’ll go to a restaurant with the Trolls (just like last year - thanks for the invitation!) and maybe go into a Karaoke Bar afterwards. Great! And of course on Saturday there is a Ubuntu Grill at the C-Base, organized by Ubuntu Berlin - neat! Last year that was a great finishing to a good fair.

If anybody wants to drop by we are in hall 7.2b, booth 124 (together with Amarok). If you need a free ticket, just send me an email (mail@milianw.de). See you here!

» LinuxTag 2007 - it's over

Mon, 06/04/2007 - 21:17

Oh no, it’s over! No more LinuxTag for at least a year. It was such a good event, I can’t tell you!

I’ve been standing at the Kubuntu-De.org booth with czessi, \sh, serenity, coastgnu, emonkey and monika and it was a pleasure working with them! It’s great to get to know all those people from irc in real life! Additionally we had support by the Amarok team (gnux, sven423 and nightrose) and especially apachelogger - a loud howl goes out to you guys (and gal nightrose)!

Apachelogger and Emonkey Emonkey, Serenity, Sven and Gnux

But I must not forget our booth neighbours: Ubuntu, linux4africa / Edubuntu and OpenOffice - thank you so much, I looking forward to share a booth place with you again sometime! A thanks in particular goes out to linux4africa for sharing their coffee machine with us - I fear I would have fallen asleep otherwise ;-) And thanks to O’Reilly for giving away free beer, there is nothing better when you have a hangover…

Hangover at the LinuxTag? Yes! It seems like we nerds and geeks now how to drink: Pretty much every night I went to a bar or something with my fellow kubunteros and amaroks, it was so much fun talking and drinking with you! The LinuxNacht social event in particular has been a very great event — we stayed until the beer was empty and the vins (including Jono Bacon) started dancing! Also a huge thanks to Trolltech for inviting us to dinner at Friday - and thanks for the cute shirt ;-)

Last but not least I want to thank hacktick and bullgard4 for planning the Ubuntu BBQ which was also a huge success for ubuntu-berlin in my eyes. Yes, we should have had more food but hey - who should we know that so many people would come?

I think it is not very suprising anymore that I got an average of 3 to 5 hours of sleep each day. Sure it was damn exhausting but that’s nothing to how much fun I had - the first six days in a row I could make geek jokes and people around me not only understood them but also laughed about them!

PS: A special thanks goes out to czessi for putting so much effort in the LinuxTag - without you my experience and that of the others would not have been that straightforward and easy!

» LinuxTag and RealLife

Tue, 05/29/2007 - 17:46

Today started the LinuxTag for me with some construction work on the Kubuntu Community booth. It’s interesting to see how such a conference is being set up.
If you come to visit the LinuxTag drop by for a talk about Kubuntu! We are at booth 12/36.

In other news I was looking for a job and just today got a confirmation of Systematrix. I’ll start next week and the working conditions are great. Seems like my RealLife (TM) is working pretty good now, lets see how it evolves with becoming a student later this year.