DebConf6

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

I got struck down upon my return from Mexico with a fever. Other than that, it was a fantastic conference – well done to the organisers for picking such a cool venue. Highlights this year (for me, anyhow):

  • The 10m jump. Bonzai.
  • Meeting Warren of MEPIS fame in person.
  • Getting to do not one but TWO Ubuntu Q & A sessions. Thanks, Don.
  • The flurry of activity around the Java licence changes. Still not settled, but still, well done to all involved for at least making good progress so far.
  • The curious geodesic-ish dome, which it turns out covers a sulphur spring (why? no idea. but cool nonetheless)
  • Sinchronizada’s. Especially in two’s. Asynchronously.
  • Mexico City Margarita’s (alas, not much to be said for those in Oaxtepec)
  • Oaxtepec Negro Modelo’s (forever to be known as “The Black Hunk”)
  • The bandwidth if you woke up before 9am
  • Tango lessons
  • Dodging the Pool Police for late night skinny-dipping. You KNOW I love skinny-dipping.
  • The mountains on the drive up from Mexico City.
  • The volcano to the east of the complex.
  • Some positive feedback from Joey Hess (along with some constructive criticism, but hey, it’s a start)
  • Lots of DD’s thanking me for Ubuntu. Don’t thank me. Thank them. And thank yourselves :-) And while you’re at it, THANK UPSTREAM! But nonetheless, thank you for saying thank you, because it’s a labour of love.
  • The view of Mexico City from the plane, coming and going. And coming. And going.

So, all in all, I had a great time.

I’m pleased that there was good discussion about the Ubuntu and Debian relationship. Overall I think we’re past the “sky is falling in” phase and into the “practical ways to improve the flow” phase, which is thanks to hard work on both fronts. I note far fewer Ubuntu bugs spuriously ending up in the debian BTS, and a lot of coordinated tracking of bugs across Ubuntu, Debian and upstream. From our side, at least, Launchpad makes it a lot easier for Ubuntu to be smart about that. Raphael and Enrico made a list of things we can do on all fronts that will improve that coordination – we’ll get to quite a few of those this year, I think. Some folks apparently grumbled in private but never showed up to the Ubuntu Q & A’s – you know who you are. Hello, folks, you don’t get to party unless you show up! To those who did – thanks for the Q’s. I hope the A’s were satisfactory – ping me on irc.freenode.net if you have more.

But mostly, it was just good fun. I’m glad that the rain and the flooding didn’t bring out the scorpions, as it sometimes does in tropical environments. My Spanish may suck but I never felt like a stranger in Oaxtepec. Or, better put, I never felt like a lone stranger. We’re all a bit touched, really, by local standards. Manyana…

4 comments:

  1. Mohnish says: (permalink)
    May 27th, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    Mark, i would like to thank you for Ubuntu cause. I know u wud be short on time, so here’s what i want to say. Please include 915resolution package, http://www.geocities.com/stomljen/download.html, in your next release so that Ubuntu can automatically detect 1680*1050 resolution. All who have purchased Dell Inspiron 6400 laptops would thank you again.

    Sorry, if i wasted much of your time. But would like to thank again for Ubuntu. Grt work!

    Thank you.

  2. Brandon says: (permalink)
    May 30th, 2006 at 4:29 am

    I had the pleasure of working in Mexico in 1997 for a few months and have been back a few times since and I have always been impressed with the friendliness of the Mexican people. My spanish is atrocious as well but on a few occassions someone actually mistook me for a Mexican for as much as 10-15 seconds! Imagine how thrilled I was to sound like a native speaker even for one word let alone that long. I’ll have to work on my blank stares as I think using them as my sole means of response to most questions posed in spanish is probably what gave me away.

  3. @ndy says: (permalink)
    May 30th, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    Hi Mark,
    fun to read about you 10m !!! I didn’t made it !! You remember ! 5m overhead !
    So, I write you because I stayed on both your speaks. But please, the next time
    don’t talk so fast. I am not a native English speaking person and it was hard for
    me to follow all you points. I know that you want to squeeze a lot of question in approx. one hour.

    Yeah! thats all. Maybe we have pleasure to eat anything together another time !!

    C U

    @ndy (aka ginotonino)

  4. jos says: (permalink)
    July 13th, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Just a tip, for an interesting day/evening.
    If you’re ever visiting the Netherlands, and you’re still into tango dancing , you may want to consider visiting El Corte.
    It is in Nijmegen (possibly the 2nd best known tango city in the world after BA, Argentine).

    gr Jos