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Re: DebConf 2 post-mortem

On Wed, Jul 10, 2002 at 02:49:50PM -0400, Joe Drew wrote:
> It's because people like Alex, Dave and Sabira did all the running
> around for us that Debconf happened at all. Don't look a gift horse in
> the mouth.

Seriously, don't: from my experience the venue can be a right pain
if you don't have a friendly university helping you out. Finding somewhere
big enough to host however many people turn up (heck, knowing how many
people are going to turn up can be hard enough when people like to
decide to come at the last minute), with any sort of Internet access,
or projectors, or wireless mics, or convenient transport, or cheap
food nearby is either fairly difficult or fairly expensive. Linux in
general is pretty lucky in that it has so much goodwill that places like
York are happy to jump in and let us use their resources for nothing. It's
plenty silly to enjoy their hospitality for a weekend then partake in
the usual -devel bitchfest about it.

BTW, $1500 isn't even a shoestring budget for a conference, it's more
like a second hand toenail. If you want all the trimmings, you're probably
a good one and a half orders of magnitude out in your costs.

Really, if you're going for anything other than a chance to eat, drink
and be merry with other Debianites, you're better off doing something
else. The net access will always be better at home/work than away, the
amenities, activities and weather'll all be better at a nice resort,
and the talks will always be more professionally done at some random
motivational seminar [0].

(And anyway, y'all aren't seriously saying that 80 Debian hackers got
together in one place and *none* of them had a wireless access point


[0] Well, unless Rusty's giving a talk. But that probably counts as a
    motivational seminar anyway, so maybe the point stands after all.

Anthony Towns <aj@humbug.org.au> <http://azure.humbug.org.au/~aj/>
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