Gentoo UK 2006: success

The Gentoo UK 2006 conference is over, after a lot of fun (and a lot of hard work!).

The event was a huge success and I don’t really know how to summarize it. Attendance was great considering that we only gave short notice, about 65 people. There were several people I’d have liked to chat to but didn’t have time, I hope the opportunities will arrive again in the future.

We needed to raise some money on the door to cover our costs (alongside the donations from Grant Slater, Nick Boughton, and the Gentoo Foundation). I’d like to thank everyone for their generosity, especially as many people donated more than the £2 entrance fee — after covering the event costs, we will be sending the rest of the money to the Gentoo Foundation.

The day opened with Hanni Ali, of Kaboot and Ainkaboot. Hanni explained some of his motivations behind Kaboot, a Gentoo-based live distribution, and then moved onto the real meat: the high performance Gentoo-based clustering solutions provided by his company, Ainkaboot. Hanni only recently graduated from university recently, it is very cool that Gentoo has helped him to kick-start his career. I hope we can further involve Hanni in the community in the future.

Next up we had Tim Yamin (plasmaroo), who gave a nice talk about Gentoo’s release process and the tools involved with it. Perhaps through his youth, Tim has an interesting speaking style which keeps the audience entertained and gives something which isn’t usually found during technical presentations.

Andrew Cowie finished the morning by presenting a mixture of slides from a few of his previous talks. Andrew runs a crisis management company called Operational Dynamics. Through his experience with deploying computer systems in the enterprise plus an extensive amount of public speaking experience, Andrew gave a very entertaining and enthralling presentation about how Gentoo rocks in the enterprise and the problems faced in such environments.

We went for lunch in a nice Irish pub called The Quays. I had organised the meal with them a few days before the event (finding a restaurant to cater for 50+ people is hard, it’s really lucky that I found this place). They very kindly provided us with whole of the upstairs section and did not charge us for room hire.

After lunch, I presented a few ideas about problems with contribution flow through the Gentoo community, and started a discussion about potential improvements and solutions. This was beneficial for me at least, I’m more confident about these ideas now and I hope that we can see some more action being taken in this area.

We wrapped the day up with a few shorter sessions: Bryan Østergaard (kloeri) talked about developer relations and the recruitment/retirement process, George Prowse (cokehabit) started a discussion about the Gentoo Women ideas, and I finished off with some slides about the organisation of the event (I’m not going to be in the UK to organise next year’s event, so my aim was to pass on some knowledge and seek help).

I’m going to post a bit more about the event after I have collected some photo’s and the presentation slides and published them on the event website. In the mean time, please send any photo’s of the event in my direction.

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