Thursday, October 8, 2009

Utah Open Source Conference 2009 day one

Today was the first day. Setup went fairly smoothly. I set up wired network with the switch and two boxes Ian Geiser sent me to use, but the wired network was not working (I later connected their wired network just into one machine and it worked fine, so dunno). Luckily they had wireless in those little boxen, so that got them online to demo kde 4.3 kubuntu. I realized how important web access is to kde during that time though, the microblogging, comic, weather, etc. applets all need web access obviously. But so did ghns to get providers of comics for the plasmoid, etc. etc. I think I take web access for granted most of the time.

There was some good feedback at the conference. I heard lots of people saying they used to love kde but haven't used it since 4.0 came out. I left all those people with hope in 4.3 that they hadn't tried besides there on the demo boxen. I met a few kde fans which was pretty cool. Showed amarok, kde-edu apps (kstars, kig, kgeography, klettres to some guys that mentioned they had kids), kmahjongg, and plasma of course. I also showed kwin present windows and it's ability to filter by typing, so many people don't know about that useful feature! I can definitely see where promotion can get us many many more users testing, using, playing with and enjoying the wonderful stuff we contribute our efforts to. Tomorrow should be fun, will give more report tomorrow probably.

I think the only downer about the day was that there was a huge window right behind our row of tables, which gave so much glare the screens were barely visible. That and irc was blocked, hehe.