it's the third day of fisl and we somehow ended up sharing a cab with stallman on the way to the conference centre. he's staying on the same floor of the hotel as us and as we walked to the elevator to go down to the lobby to catch the next bus he informs us that the last bus trip has been cancelled and that there are no more bus trips scheduled until the evening. ug! so we grab a taxi with another fellow (who kindly paid =) and chatted. i was sandwiched between zack and stallman as we talked about kde, free software, kde-look.org (frank, i need to chat with you =) and graphics hardware. stallman was impressed that we now use the term "free software" on our home page and that we are working more closely with the FSF.eu. he did live up to his hard-line reputation, of course, but it was a pleasant ride in. once we arrived people started asking to take pictures with him, for which we charged 5 real each. ha.
yesterday afternoon went very, very well. both zack and i spoke to packed rooms of 300+ people. there were many questions, tons of interest and a stream of pictures and handshakes. we made some good local contacts as well, including some acedemic researchers, students working on multimedia software, a fellow working on semantic desktop technologies (who i have to hook up with mandriva's efforts) and several local kde-based distributions. i even fixed a bug in kicker for one of the distributions at their booth: they are using a rather obscure feature that allows one to avoid kbfx for a fancy kde button altogether (i added it specifically for that purpose ;) but the text color feature wasn't working properly. it was a 3 liner fix and they were pretty happy and impressed to get that kind of service. i joked about travelling the world just to fix people's bugs ;)
we've met a lot of great people from the local enthusiast community and look forward to partying with them tonight at a bbq.
p.s. if you're vegetarian and visit this area, you may wish to bring some food with you ;)