ApacheCon video

November 3, 2008

If you cannot make it to ApacheCon, streaming videos of the keynotes will be available for free at LinuxPro magazine. Selected other sessions will be available as well, for a fee.

Laissez le bon temps rouler!

November 1, 2008

cdg-waiting.jpgI’m on my way to ApacheCon US 2008 where I’ll give two talks. One of which is not ready yet so I’m making good use of my travel time ;-)

I don’t know if terminal 2E in Paris CDG is new, but it looks quite good with all the wooden paneling. Doesn’t make the journey shorter (2 stops and about 17 hours if all goes well), but at least it’s quiet, there’s power and Boingo works.

Call for papers – ApacheCon Europe 2009

October 21, 2008

The call for papers for ApacheCon Europe 2009 (Amsterdam, March 23-27) is open, proposals must be submitted before October 24th. Don’t miss it!

Financial assistance for ApacheCon US 2008

September 26, 2008

The Apache Travel Assistance Committee is looking for people who would like to attend ApacheCon US 2008 but need some financial support in order to get there.

See their information page for details.

Pre-ApacheCon meetups work for me!

April 15, 2008

sling-18-minutes.jpgI was at the JCR meetup last Tuesday before ApacheCon, and we had a good time! Many thanks to the organizers (that’s mainly Arjé) and sponsors.

We were about 25 people at the meetup, some of them coming just for the day (which is fairly easy from most parts of Europe due to good flight connections to Amsterdam), the content was improvised on the spot in unconference mode, with audience turning into presenters as needed. Some slides are available on slideshare. My own slides were created while listening to other presentations, so they might not be as polished as you’d expect…but they worked!

I think having those meetups right before ApacheCon is a good thing – the pre-conference hackathon has somewhat lost its interest with the growing number of projects (we need a K, we need a Z ;-), meaning that there’s not much interest in people from all projects getting together to work, it is more small groups of projects that get together.

In Amsterdam, the ripoff (my personal opinion) prices charged by the Moevenpick hotel for most everything caused the meetups to happen in a nearby building, I don’t think that’s really a problem as people can meet during the conference days anyway. Having meetups colocated with the conference would be better, but it’s not a requirement in my opinion.

What do you think, did you attend a meetup? Do you think pre-conference meetups should become an ApacheCon tradition?

Open Source Collaboration Tools are Good For You! (really)

April 10, 2008

Really? Well my talk at ApacheCon is done and went well, so that’s real at least.

Someone commented that it was good and depressing at the same time. Their company has all the tools in place but doesn’t get any added value, due to using them in the wrong way, or not consistently enough. Good to hear that my talk at least maps to real life ;-)

Moving from the previous talk‘s bare metal approach to a higher level “what are the real issues that we’re solving” approach was a good idea – people are aware of our tools today, we don’t need to explain what they do as much as before.

Free ApacheCon live video

April 7, 2008

I arrived in Amsterdam this morning, and already met quite a few friends and colleagues, looks like the start of a very social week.

If you aren’t luck enough to be here, live videos of all keynote sessions are available at http://streaming.linux-magazin.de/events/apacheconfree/.