22 Jan 2004
(updated 22 Jan 2004 at 14:22 UTC) »
I'm here at LWE. It's not been a bad trip- I had wonderful Cuban food last night at Victor's Cafe, and talking to Real People(tm) about the usability and design message is really good- when you explain what GNOME's philosophy is on usability, they really perk up and seem to get it. But I have to stop this traveling- it's tiring me out, and it's not good for my team or for my responsibilities with GNOME. Or Krissa, who is about ready to tell me not to come back next time, I think...
I did get to show off the new evo integration with Ross's blog applet and the calendar applet a bit, which was cool, and I saw Eli from the bugsquad and met Jef Spaleta of Fedora, who is hoping to do bugsquad-like work with Fedora. And I saw Patrick Patterson, Jim Gettys, and Havoc. Nice to match names and faces again- I look forward to GUADEC this year.
As far as the rest of the conference, it's pretty standard big-business-linux fare, I think. IBM and Sun have pretty huge booths, and Novell and SUSE have big presence. Red Hat is actually giving away a Porsche Boxster which currently has a large Fedora Wearing Guy(tm) on the hood. Hope it actually goes to one of the Fedora guys. ;) GNOME's booth is pretty nice- HP donated some really sweet banners that I'll post a picture of later. We're still failing on the marketing front, though- KDE won 'best desktop' from the show organizers. We need to have a really good live CD to distribute at these things, and we need to have better marketing materials. Jeff has been putting some time into this lately, but we need more help. It's a great way for non-coders to get involved. Aaron has also done some awesome stuff lately- the why gnome page needs to mention the community more, but otherwise, it's really good. Others need to help the two of them out- the list for it is here.
Anyway, show is about to start- I probably have to turn this station into something other than a blogging demo. :)
 With luck, my sore throat will deteriorate so quickly that I won't be able to man the booth this afternoon. :)
 I keep wanting to try GNOPPIX, but not having a CD burner keeps getting in my way on that one. Great to see from their web page that they are still actively developing it, though.