Encuentro Linux 2009 Day 1 Report

So a child of the frigid north found his way all the way to the other side of the world for yet another spectacular free software conference. This time it's to celebrate the Encuentro Linux conference 2009 in Valparaiso/Vina del Mar in sunny Chile.

Hosted at the picturesque Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, this conference has attracted hundreds of Linux enthusiasts, students, and business folks. With a view like this, it's no wonder that you often see people standing outside discussing their software, instead of the auditoriums and class rooms:

GCDS - the story so far

The Grand Canaria Desktop Summit has been incredible so far. The amount of talent and enthusiasm for Free Software has not only been amazing, but equally impressive and inspiring. The GNOME and KDE folks talking openly and discussing future plans - proving - that the so called "desktop flame war" is more or less completely gone. I really look forward to the hacking these coming days - hopefully implementing a few of the things that have been discussed this weekend myself. Also, worth mentioning is the amazing job that Nokia did with the sponsorship.

A personal post for once

This post will serve two purposes.

  1. To let me try posting with Bilbo Blogger
  2. Point out some observations/thoughts since I moved to Helsinki

If you can read this post, it means that 1 actually worked. Bravo - this is one sweet app. Automagically configured everything for me given the address to my Drupal site and user+pass. Try Bilbo Blogger today.

2...

Facebook on your screensaver.

Having just moved to a new place (Helsinki) I don't really have that much to do yet. So what do I do on a Sunday afternoon? Lazy programming - that's what!

The goal: To have facebook on my screen saver.

The result: Any iPhone page on your screensaver.

Why? Because it's so much easier/faster to write than an actual facebook applet.

What is it? It's a QWebView that identifies itself as an iPhone, placed on Plasma. Configurable with different "phone themes", and select any page you want.

KDE 4.2 Oslo release party aftermath

So, the KDE 4.2 release party in Oslo is over. We capped at around 12 people, and everyone had a great time :) We discussed free software, Qt (how couldn't we?), and various KDE technology/pillars. It was neat to see some non-trolls show up, and I'm tempted to host more small events to maybe create a local community. Concretely, this means that the next KDE Sunday (hacking/krush sessions) I'm hosting will be public. In otherwords- if you're in Oslo, then keep an eye on my blog for more announcements so that you can come and join us!

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