i'm back home from the trans-pacific open source conference and am using the weekend to get down to the business of catching up with my housework. when i arrived home a small wooden pail of bath goodies awaited me with a note from t., which is just what i needed.
the event started off difficult: attendance was low, i was witness to vendors taking advantage of local efforts without supporting them in kind, local government is sadly myopic and i managed to argue twice with my mother (whom i was staying with while there) over our moral differences in the first two days i was there. i was questioning the wisdom of me having gone, and instead of coming home at the end of the day and breaking open the code editor i generally just went to sleep after prepping for my talk the next day.
but then things picked up. i went to a meeting of local technology entrepreneurs and talked about open source and KDE with a number of people there. the box of kubuntu CDs i brought emptied quicker at the tposscon conference than i expected. family life (esp seeing my niece again for the first time in years) improved, finishing off with a gourmet vegan meal prepared by yours truly. i was interviewed at my high school for their video magazine about culture and community. the last set of presentations were really well done and though provoking, such as john terpstra's "linux: the business opportunity".
but most uplifting was on the last day of the conference, following a lot of discussion on how to improve the event for next year, was the creation of the hawaii linux project. i presented the end note entitled "10 ways to get involved in open source" and jim thompson closed the event with the hawaii linux proposal: a localized version of linux done through the local hawaiian charter schools. this includes translating everything into hawaiian, providing hawaiian calendars and artworks ... the whole bit. they'll most likely be using kubuntu as the base for that as well. it was very encouraging to see not only support but action being taken in support of open source and the local people.
and as if that wasn't enough, i learned that the western samoan delegates had decided to go ahead with switching all 9000 of their educational desktops to linux. apparently they will be using the kde-based linspire distribution for this. perhaps we'll get a samoan translation of kde sometime in the future =)
audio recordings of the presentations are available online, with video to follow.