2004 Linux Symposium, The End
Since I was lazy to start writing down OLS'04, I just post what I wrote on keynote. I will go back and write about talks I attended later.
After the entertaining key-signing party, was the keynote. Keynote was to be addressed by Andrew Morton
, the 2.6 kernel maintainer. Rusty Russell
who did the keynote last year, introduced Andrew and welcomed him. Andrew is more than forty years old which is heck a lot for such a hacker. He's a very easy East Asian looking guy, with kinda blue eyes.
Well, the keynote was in plain talk, no slides, no eye-candies, etc. He basically went over how system software is developed in companies and the new model of development of the Linux kernel and stuff like that.
Then Andrew Hutton, the organizer showed up, thanked everybody, and noted that Andrew is expected to introduce the keynote addresser next year, when he also asked him to stand up! With a bit of wonder, he was good old Dave Jones. And it was now about the prizes. The guy from CE Linux Forum told us how by Canadian laws, winning people have to pass an skill test
. Unlike last year, this year there were just three prizes, which with their test questions they where:
- Sharp Zarus with internal Camera and 256MB Flash
Q: Square root of binary number 100 expressed in binary?
- Sharp Zarus with internal Camera
Q:Square root of binary number 10000 expressed in binary?
- Pioneer DVD Recorder, 8 hours recording...
Q:Square root of binary number 1001 expressed in binary?
Then I just jumped out to hotel, took a shower, packed my stuff, made a couple calls and went out to visit an old friend.
It was around 11:30 that I joined the sponsored all-drinks-free pub-night that was started at 8PM and was going up to 4AM, like the past two years, at Black Thorn Cafe. They had this cherry kinda beer on tap that Telsa recommended and was great. So I basically just had something fast, emm, two pint of Rickards Red, half a pint of the other beer, two shots of something, that's all I
guess, and waved “goodbye...see you next year” for everybody... Headed to the hotel, took a taxi, and right now I'm almost in Toronto. The battery of this Vaio is almost dead these days. Wasn't like that, but is. Goes from 100% to 5% in just fifteen minutes. Got to buy a new battery :-(.
See you next year :-).