Even this morning I didn’t wake up early because I still felt sick (I already know this sore throath won’t abandon me untile I go back home).
I had a light breakfast at 10:30 and then I finishes uploading some pictures and published articles on my blog I already had written before.
While waiting to attend a session, I found Mark Shuttleworth around and I congratulated with him for the effort he is putting into Ubuntu. Without a similar distribution, I’m pretty sure that Linux would not be so popular today.
We had lunch at 13:00 as usual and after that I attended a couple of presentation. The first one on Eucalyptus, then “Cooking Recipes” for Ubuntu and another one dedicated to Wine. The Wine session was so funny! They had a little problem with video projector and all the images appeared with a blur effect so that you could think to be drunk 😉
After these sessions I had to go back to my room since I didn’t feel very well, but I was able to attend “Unity’s relations and dependancies on GNOME” thanks to audio streaming, IRC for asking questions and etherpad to take notes.
I attended also “desktop-dx-o-unity-a11y” where there was a discussion about the state of Unity and what can be improved before Oneiric release. Lot of work has to be done yet, in particular about accessibility.
Last session of this day, a Q+A with Mark Shuttleworth. The session was very interesting! He replied to all questions coming from the public and from IRC.
This day at UDS started a bit late for me, since i woke up pretty sick (damn air conditioned!!!). I did not follow any conferences in the morning. I relly wanted to follow the Wayland one, but when I arrived the room was already full and it was almost impossible to enter, so I decided not to enter.
I attended “What’s wrong with UDS and how we can fix it” session before having lunch. We discussed the possibility to improve all the session in general, for example giving them a proper order so that a team can first discuss some API interface, then another team can discuss how to design them.
We had another wonderful and tasty lunch, even if I didn’t eat so much, but food was very good anyway.
During the afternoon I followed an interesting track: “Recommend music based on current song playing or on users media library“. We discussed the possibilities to implement a music suggestion service, based on user’s tastes.
I spent the rest of theconference time writing these blog posts and uploading pictures.
After the sessions we had the Linaro Showcase: lot of demo running on Linaro and ARM processors. I was really impressed by a robot with Kinect that was able to follow people recognizing their faces. During the showcase there was a very nice dinner.
After dinner I went out with my friend Manrique Lopez who is here in Budapest for another conference, so we decided to meet for a good beer.
Before coming back to the hotel me, Marco Trevisan and Andrea Azzarone had a nice talk with Jorge Castro. He really make us feel part of the Ubuntu family!
My day started at 7:30 with a very nice breakfast! I was alone with just another guy this morning, in a very big breakbast room.
After it I grabbed my badge to avoid queue later and went back to my room to wake up Marco Trevisan (he was still sleeping 😛 ).
The keynote was opened by Jono Bacon (the Ubuntu Community manager), followed by Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth. The most interesting (and tweeted) part of the keynote was “how to prounounce Oneiric” (Oeniric will be the next Ubuntu release).
The keynote finished with a bit late, so all the other tracks were shifted forward. I followed “Unity 2D Oneiric Improvements“, it was interesting because there were some Nokia/Qt guys and they looked very interested in helping the Unity 2D team and collaborating with them.
Now following “Shaping a strategy for Ubuntu user assistance“, I just had the possibility my involvement into helping people that require Ubuntu assistance.
The lunch has been very tasty, I had the possibility to eat some local recipes, not bad at all.
After lunch we had a short session on Qt. The version 4.8 is going to be released in a couple of months, while 5.0 is announced to be released in 1 year from now: it will be almost code-compatible with 4.x, it will have an improved support for Qt Quick and QML.
As last track of the day I decided to follow “Personal Cloud“. Not a perfect track, since the person who should have been here was only talking with us using Skype and it was more difficoult to hear what he said.
At the end of this day there was the “Meet & Greet” party, sponsored by Freescale and Openstack. They offered a dinner and we had some good music after it.
I left from Firenze with my friend Marco Trevisan, to go to Ubuntu Developer Summit in Budapest. We changed flight in Rome where we met also Andrea Azzarone. Unluckly Alitalia losts Marco’s baggage, so he’s still waiting for it.
We arrived at the hotel at 20:00 more or less where we met other people of the community. There are lot of italians at UDS. Most work for Canonical, other were sponsored by.
I met Marianna Raffaele (one of the UDS organizer… yeah, she’s italian too!), I had to explain her a little problem I had with my booking (nothing bad) and she managed to help me. She also gave me a very nice guitar plettre with Ubuntu logo. Thank you Marianna for this!
We went out with Jorge Castro to drink some beers (he offered me one, thanks Jorge!!!) and we met lot of other Ubuntu people. A really amazing start!