[kde-community] FOSDEM wrapup

Nicolás Alvarez nicolas.alvarez at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 21:20:28 UTC 2016


Your reply sounds like you're taking it as criticism and it's not.
It's feedback to do better next time :)

-- 
Nicolás

2016-02-03 17:52 GMT-03:00 Jonathan Riddell <jr at jriddell.org>:
> All of your points were taken care of to a greater or lesser degree.  If it
> didn't feel like it was all covered it's because I got no help in preparing
> it.  Planning needs to start in November and last minute requests for demos
> but without machines to show it on are no use.
>
> Jonathan
>
>
> On 3 February 2016 at 19:04, Adriaan de Groot <groot at kde.org> wrote:
>>
>> On Wednesday 03 February 2016 12:58:58 Jonathan Riddell wrote:
>> > We had a good presence at FOSDEM this year.  Here's some notes while I
>> > remember.
>> >
>> > Stall:
>> > One 1 short table this year.  We had a nice setup with ODROID board +
>> > HDMI
>> > monitor (alas it wasn't a monitor which could tilt) to demo low cost
>> > computers can run Plasma.  We had my laptop for KDE neon and a Nexus 5
>> > in a
>> > stand for Plasma Phone.  a4 display stands had colour sheets describing
>> > the
>> > three projects.  Me and David brought the kit on the train (which is
>> > faffy
>> > but much easier than taking kit on a plane) with Rohan bringing his
>> > ODROID.
>>
>> Thing to remember for next year:
>>  - extra power bar (3 outlets, maybe 5)
>>  - a good charger for the phone (charging from the laptop wasn't enough to
>> keep it on all the time)
>>
>>
>> > I bought two large display banners for KDE and KDE neon which I've taken
>> > back to my house, I need to reply to e.V. treasurer about getting those
>> > paid for.  I also bought stickers for KDE (name badges and to give away)
>> > and KDE neon and have taken the spares back home.  I also bought the
>> > money
>> > box, a4 display stands, pens, tape and brought power extensions.
>>
>> The name stickers were really nice (flying Konqui) and well received. It
>> made
>> up for out lack of uniformity at the stand (like many of the other stands
>> had
>> all their peeps in the same shirt).
>>
>>
>> > We had t-shirts which Jose brought along from those left over from
>> > Akademy
>> > as well as a money box and leaflets.
>>
>> The Frameworks leaflets were really useful to hand out as a means of
>> explaining
>> "these are libraries that everyone can use in their Qt applications".
>>
>> The T-shirts were a bit of a mixed bag. Some sizes were quite
>> underrepresented. The very nice KDE India T-shirts could have sold more --
>> which you point in the sales lists.
>>
>> > Saturday sales:
>> ...
>> > We took over 300euro on the Saturday which Jose took home.
>> > Sunday we ended up with over 320euro which Jose also took along with the
>> > sales figures.
>> >
>> > Jose can you post the sales figures here and confirm the amount you're
>> > transferring to e.v.?
>>
>> Don't forget the floats added to the cash box. You may consider mine my
>> cash
>> contribution to KDE e.V. for this year.
>>
>> > Saturday party:
>> > I booked the first floor of La Paon again in Grand Place.  No sponsors
>> > this
>> > year so I took 20euro off everyone who attended.  My guess of 200euro
>> > worth
>> > of finger food seemed to work very well.
>>
>> It was a bit short of chunchy greasy bits, though. I would have liked
>> something warm (or maybe I wasn't paying attention and it all got gobbled
>> up).
>> From a social perspective, perhaps an introduction could have been held. I
>> *think* I knew everybody there, but would have liked a moment to
>> double-check.
>>
>> > We had 22 people pay for food,
>> > less than last year I think which is to be expected since it was charged
>> > for.  After food was served I used the extra money to buy an additional
>> > couple of beers for everyone.
>>
>> The best and fastest way to get served was to hand the waiter a 20 and say
>> "beer". That meant no change, no fuss, no muss. And five decent beers.
>>
>> > We had three talks in the Desktop room (more than any other project I
>> > think) which were well received, KDE neon, WikiToLearn and CMakeDaemon.
>> >
>> > A telegram group was useful to keep in contact with people throughout
>> > the
>> > weekend.
>>
>> Yes, the group was very useful. Also note:
>>
>>  - there are *two* locations in Brussels with an Ibis Hotel next to a
>> Novotel
>>  - Grand Place is very large. A better meeting spot is "in front of Le Roy
>> on
>> Grand Place"
>>  - get a hotel around La Brouckere, it's very convenient for evenings and
>> for
>> gettting to the venue.
>>
>>
>> Some things I personally think would improve the stand:
>>  - double- and triple-check who is going to be at the stand. I know this
>> is
>> hard at FOSDEM. I tried to be there a bit, and felt confusedly guilty
>> about
>> also running off to talks or to hang out with Paul.
>>  - if you're *not* at the stand, it might be better to congregate
>> elsewhere.
>> We often had a knot of KDE-branded (e.g. name-sticker) people in the
>> corner --
>> me included -- who weren't accessible because of in-crowd chatting. That
>> looks
>> a little unfriendly.
>>  - Remember to arrange floats (change for in the money box) ahead of time.
>>  - Make a pot of money at the beginning of the day. Appoint one person
>> runner
>> to get water/coffee/sandwiches.
>>  - I should have asked for a "what's the spiel" explanation at the
>> beginning
>> of the weekend. It took a while before I heard -- from Rohan, Dave and Jon
>> --
>> what that phone-thingy was and how to explain the Odroid. Also for
>> old-timers
>> like me, a reminder of terminology. Like: "Here we have Plasma Desktop
>> running
>> on low-powered (not cheap!) hardware. Here we have Plasma Desktop plus a
>> bunch
>> of KDE Applications running on a laptop. Here is Plasma Mobile on a Nexus
>> 5."
>>
>>
>> General thanks:
>>  - general (3-star) thanks to Jon for overall handling this year's FOSDEM
>> presence
>>  - major thanks to Rohan and Dave, who seemed to be there all the time and
>> always smiling.
>>
>> Funny bits:
>>  - GNOME ran their demo machine off of my laptop's power cord all weekend.
>>  - Dave knows that I have Dave-commanding glasses that I can glare
>> through.
>>
>> [ade]
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