In a totally unexpected set of circumstances, I am now at Foss.in/2007 as a volunteer! And this time is just awesome.
I missed day 1, unfortunately, what with campus placements going on. I made it here on the evening of the 4th, too late to be of any use. Joined
At this point, I should probably send out a big hello to Mary Colvig and the Mozilla folks. In addition to the tons of goodies they brought along, they threw an awesome Mozilla party last night at Opus. Thanks guys! (and here‘s proof of my loyalty. :D)
The KDE guys deserve appreciation too. Pradeepto and gang have really put in a lot of effort into the KDE project day, and KDE’s presence at Foss.in/2007 and I think I can safely say this is justified. The amount of interest in the Qt and KDE talks was quite impressive. Good show, guys!
Main Conf day 1 was … surprising. Every year we have a massive crowd at registration. But not this year. I was a bit disappointed at first. A lot of the rush of volunteering at Foss.in (this is my 4th time) is seeing a huge crowd of people waiting outside, getting inside, watching, moving, interacting. This time, however, I guess we achieved what we set out to … focus on contribution. Maybe it was just me, but everything this time just seemed more focused, like everyone was out to do something.
It’s been a tiring 2 days, nonetheless. Last night was long thanks Air Deccan. The up side was that we got to meet
p.s.: Opening an OLPC laptop is not easy. As Tom Callaway (the guy evilly grinning at our valiant effort) pointed out, it’s designed to be easy for a child and difficult for adults. You have to see it to believe it. Prady opened it in a few seconds, proving the theory. :-)