Bye bye Bangalore

Now I have traded hot and dry for cool and damp, it’s about time to put my thoughts together regarding conf.kde.in. That will be a separate post though. There are also slides to upload and things like that.
I flew back with Fregl; JR had a flight an hour earlier so the three of us shared a cab. Traveling together means you can swap reading materials, so the both of us got through “Pirates! in an adventure with communists”. A (sea)worthy read.
If you get a tummy ache from airplane food on the way home, does that count as Delhi Belly? The food in India was great, although I will admit that idly for breakfast five days in a row gets a little boring. On the other hand Pradeepto was very good at picking nice things to eat each evening. I may have enjoyed the Ayodha food most.
So thanks once more to the P-man, Sirtaj, Prashanth, Gaurav, Vishesh, Kenny and all the other guys for making conf.kde.in a big success. See you next time.

Bangalore has OpenSUSE 11.4

Jos has written a lengthy blog about OpenSUSE 11.4, which was released today. Attendees of conf.kde.in in Bangalore have it, too, thanks to the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. I just installed it in a spare partition (wedged between Fedora and Kubuntu) and it looks great at first glance. Isn’t that Ivan’s wallpaper? I had only a minor struggle to get it to install in the right place and to update grub, and after that it was very straightforward.

Bangalore has many other things, too. This morning Runa Bhattacharjee spoke on traditional hues and technology, about how information technology is affecting our view of the world. Then Lydia on GSOC and Mr. Sunil Rao of Forum Nokia India about the apps ecosystem around Nokia phones. Right now Anne-Marie Mahfouf is explaining KDE-EDU (and how to contribute). She’s got a Kannada example in KLettres on the screen and about 60 people in the audience.

Bangalore in the Dark

At Frankfurt I bumped into Knut and Will, so we had a brief pow-wow on the state of the world. the state always seems to change just as you start on a trip, doesn’t it. After a long but uneventful flight (with Golman 3 as in-flight Bollywood, most excellent) we were greeted with chirping birds in the arrivals hall of BLR, and outside we got a warm welcome from the conf.kde.in volunteers. There are four hours of sleep before the day trip tomorrow. Good night.

Bangalore Approach

On a train again – the same route I take every monday to my work, but now two hours earlier and with Bangalore, India as destination at the end of the day. I am truly looking forward to the conference; I will be giving a non-technical talk and will be happy to catch some technical insight (a refresher course, if you will) from speakers like Prashanth Udupa and Will Stephenson.

The conf.kde.in crew has done a great job in keeping everyone informed and up-to-date. From a Dutch perspective India may be a bit chaotic, things are all right in the end. It’ll be wonderful.