I’m at the airport waiting for my flight to New York and then Boston. I’ve already been through airport security and got questioned on the names of my siblings, language, school, etc. etc. and in only another few hours, I’ll be attending the GNOME User Experience Hackfest- my first open source event of any kind.
The hackfest was arranged by Owen, Federico, and Vincent and will be taking place at the Novell/Ximian office in Cambridge. The goal, as Owen and Vincent explained, is to come up with polished ideas that will drive GNOME desktop development for the next two years. There’ll be discussions on a whole range of topics from applet frameworks to semantic desktops to eyecandy and usability and everyone is encouraged to suggest other new ideas.
Following the hackfest, I should be able to attend at least two days of the GNOME Boston Summit. This will also be a first for me, and I’m excited about the possibility to meet even more people that I’ve only met online until now.
It’s almost time for boarding and I’d like to get a quick bite to eat, so I’m going to end here. Based on the list of hackfest and summit attendees, I’m certain that excited and perhaps only half-comprehensible updates will follow over the next few days as ideas form and contagious excitement catches on. Even if you’re not attending the hackfest, be sure to follow GNOME Planet and let us know what you think.