Monday, February 23, 2009

SCALE and GNOME and Tux and cakes

Just got back from a busy weekend at SCALE 7X. There was quite a lot to take in, and despite the downturn in the economy (or perhaps because of it) there seemed to be even more going on this year. With all the changes in situations, I was the only person representing Inkscape this year, so camped out with the GNOME guys. Ted was there, but literally next door manning the Canonical booth. He came in last-minute to give an Ubuntu talk, and was very busy. I'll do some follow-ups with details, but had to at least get a quick note up, along with some info on that visitor to our booth there...

We whipped up this little cupcake guy to hang out in the booth and perhaps get a little more interest from people walking by. Unfortunately the table was so full of good monitors that he kinda had to hang out back a bit. He did garner a bit of interest, then and the end of day one he met his fate :-) . There was some good GNOME traffic and interest, but Inkscape managed to get quite a bit going on there too. It also probably helped that right next to our setup was the other booth running World of Goo.

OpenSUSE was just behind and around the corner from us. Aside from other things, they were notable for two main points of interest to Inkscapers. The first item was Joe Brockmeier's keynote on Sunday. I think the main takeaway there is that the main problems for FOSS projects are no longer technical (our stuff is solid and works well enough), but rather is in getting the word out about the project. The second reason of note is the openSUSE Build Service. It's part of the infrastructure they are building out, but all are welcome to use it, and it builds for all "major" distros. Additionally the architect who talked with me said that it could build Win32 targets (though no Mac as of yet). That struck me as potentially helpful to take the load off of our current overloaded guy.

Well... that's probably all I can pull together without a bit more rest and tought. So in the meantime I can say.... om nom nom nom!

3 comments:

califmom said...

Aw, sad penguin. Now I'm hungry for cake. Penguin cake. Any cake, really.

T. said...

poor Tux. I feel badly for him. And for his floating head now inhabiting my kitchen. He isn't going to haunt me in the middle of the night is he? Boo! Gimme back my body...

T.

flyinglogicmonkey said...

I still say we should have made him out of red cake. But that would probably be too disturbing. Bodiless penguin with red insides sounds like a horror movie. Or maybe my latest nightmare...nah.