12 November, 2012

Pre and post conference blues...

Heya all,

Since the Akademy conference in Estonia beginning of August I've been rather quiet as I have been struggling with health issues. After loosing some blood and undergoing a few *scopy's the people with stethoscopes don't seem too worried so neither am I but it has been unpleasant at times. Not too many tests left - an MRI and another 'scopy' in December, I hope they can give me a diagnosis by then.

It has been frustrating to have had to cancel trips to the openSUSE Summit, COSCUP, Brazil and more. And at the openSUSE Conference (my first trip in 3 months) I had to skip the evening fun - instead opting for quiet food-in-the-hotel and early bed. Believe me: not nice.

new team: 'the openSUSE team'

Luckily, I'm getting back on my feet and at a recent visit to Nürnberg I even went out a night with my new team mates. Yup, a new team - if you're following the openSUSE mailing lists, you probably have heard that already. In my two years of 'community manager' of openSUSE, I've worked with people around the company and community - but I was not really part of a formal team. Independence is nice but it also can make you take on a few things too many - I know I did. So, when it was decided to try and re-arrange things with regards to the openSUSE Boosters team, I decided it was a good idea to join the team and help it find directions. Together we can do more, and all that.

It means the scope of the former boosters team (now just 'openSUSE team') has widened: I will of course continue to care about the things I used to care about. Things like the atmosphere in the community, governance, strategy - and of course marketing, the ambassador program and presenting a friendly face to the wider Free Software world. But I'll be doing that together with the rest of the team now, not alone!

Things are quite different now, so let's see how it'll go.

Conference last month

So, the openSUSE conference was my first event since a while. It was quite awesome, with a lot of faces I hadn't seen in a while and a lot of excitement. We organized a bunch of interviews with people, which will be released over the coming months. On the openSUSE days, a few important things were discussed, results of which have been posted to mailing lists. I'm working on a summary of that but it'll take a bit longer. One thing I already managed to change: Richard gave some feedback on the 'we believe' poster and we decided it needed a fourth item. Which I added, see the image on the right.

You can get the source for the poster in our github repo.

Conferences coming

There'll be more events, of course. On short notice, I'll be at the QtDevDays in Berlin - it's practically next door and a great way to meet people. I've heard we can expect 500+ people there from all over the (huge) Qt ecosystem. It'll be interesting to talk to people outside of the usual Linux crowd: Qt has managed to grow well beyond the Linux Desktop into an industry standard for a wide variety of use cases.

Open Innovation and Open Governance

On Thursday the 15th I'll be leading a discussion session about open governance in the Open Innovation track at the 'Summit of new thinking', also in Berlin.

I'll write a tad more about that in a blog tomorrow.

For now, I have a conference to dress up for, so see you later, alligator ;-)