Eliberatica

by Mithrandir

The last two days I participated at the third edition of the eLiberatica Open Source Conference. This time, it was held at the Politehnica University of Bucharest and many students were present there.

Though this has nothing to do with coding, I will post here a summary of the events held there.

First, the side notes about the conference. In the first day I’ve bought myself two books, one of which I wanted to buy for a long period of time: Real World Haskell. Thanks O’Reilly for the opportunity.

Because the conference was held in an academic campus, there were some inherent problems: the wifi connection was poor, after a while the microphones started malfunctioning, there was (in the second day at least) a lack of water at the end of the day.

Anyway, this year, the confernce was held in three tracks, in parallel. One of them was presenting OpenAgile and I didn’t attended there. The others were divided after the midday break, before that being one single track. The benfits of this division are that one could chose a pleasant presentation instead of a boring one. Yet, there were some talks in parallel on both tracks which were at the same level of attractivity. I had to make my mind sometimes.

Now, the list of the articles. The first speech was a political one, boring like all of them. Yet, the second was one of the greatest. Though he came only under the form of some GBs of video, Richard Stallman did a great job and his speech inspired many of those present there. His speech contained some hatred towards Microsoft and some of those in the room wanted to see the Microsoft presentation after the break.

However, when the presenter came to speak, the room was filled at less that 10% capacity. They presented their Silverlight technology but I couldn’t test it on my Kubuntu because something was broken in the Moonlight. They presented their open source portal yet, all in the rooms saw it with skepticism. Then there came the questioning phase of the presentation.

This event was preceded by an article saying that Microsoft was fined $200M USD for violating Open Source paten. Yet, their representative didn’t make a valid point about it and deniedn any knowledge of the event. Seeing this, no one else asked any question and the Microsoft bashing ceased. Unlike the last year where there was enough enjoyment in this, this time it all went unnoticed. Allow me to say that this was bad. Also, it was very bad that the presentation was in Romanian so that no one could correct the wrong informations passed to the students present there. :(

Then, there was SUN presenting their new storage system. A very good presentation and a contest with prizes at the end of it. Too bad that their booth outside the conference room was empty (as a side joke, the only one saying there was Andrei Soare, former GSOC student; the joke being that soare means sun in Romanian).

The IBM presentaion was boring so I went back to the Mozilla one. Which was interesting enough. At least, until microphones started missbehaving. However, there was no loss for the quality of the presentation, the presenter really knew what he was doing. Poetry and Pragmatics. A nice presentation indeed.

How can you make several geeks laugh at every slide of your presentation? Simple enough: use startrek screenshots to draw the attention and convey your meanings. I forgot who presented it but it was a very good one.

These were the main events in the first day. When the presentation was too boring, many in the room twittered about the event. You can do a search for eLiberatica to see real time rants about the event.

The second day began with Valer Mischenko who presented the Microsoft Trick for making money. His presentation was ended with Make {code you} love – not war!. You know the meaning of it.

Then, there came the great presenation of the second day: Danese Cooper (open source diva) started talking about successful Open Source Events trying to encourage all of us to make the changes toward an open world in the future.  At the end, she talked about women in OS and IT and showed some valid points about it.

Afterwards, there came Monty Widenius, preseting his MariaDB. Short, concise, without extremes. Teaching to always release something which is usable.

Afterwards, the entire Rosedu team moved to the second track to see Tibi’s presentation of Ceata. We were followed by some friends and by some persons from the outside of the country. However, I think that they regretted their change of rooms because Tibi spoke in Romanian and there were no translators this year. The presentation was intereseting yet not well organized: Tibi told us about his past as a programmer and the differences he encountered between trying to close your code permanently (which he had done in the highschool) and opening it for everyone (doing this for two years allready).

We moved back to the main track to hear again the diva. This time, she introduced a game: lightning talks: in 3 minutes, the speaker would have to speak and present something he likes most. Th only requirement was that the presentation should last exactly 3 minutes. The purpose of it was self-evident and I am proud that Razvan got a slice of those 3 minutes. :)


This concludes the most important topics at the eLiberatica event in this year. While I was bored I debuged my E85 engine and I can say that it will end in time with few bugs and at a competitive level.

See you next time.

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