I gave a fairly long talk on “Management of KDE” in Madrid, to about 20 people. Aleix followed up with a talk on KDE Espana and then a Spanish gentleman from the Apache Foundation followed, so we had four hours of Open Source community management in a row. Now, my Spanish isn’t very good at all, but the neat thing is that I can understand a talk in Spanish on legal issues such as software patents. Verily, legalese is the universal language.

As far as Madrid itself goes, I saw an anticapitalist march while on the way to the restaurant for the research-meeting-dinner, and walked past a half dozen museums at 3:45am on a saturday morning on my way to the airport shuttle bus.

6am flights are less pleasant in actuality than when you book them, thinking “I’ll be home on time for coffee!”

I’ll say one thing for Madrid: excellent public transport. Maybe because my destinations (Madrid on Rails and the hotel next to the Anthropological museum) were chosen for being close to metro stops, but Madrid’s metro system beats, say, London Underground hands down. Even if it doesn’t have a “mind the gap” announcement. The museums look nice in the dark, too. Maybe some day I’ll visit longer than a 2×12 hour meeting and check it out.

Thanks to Felipe and the LibreSoft guys for having me over.


This saturday there’s a KDE 4.6.0 release party in Madrid. I’ll be flying out of there at some horrible hour of the morning on saturday, so I’ll miss it. 6am? Maybe. The evening before the release party my friend Felipe has got me scheduled at URJC to talk about management of KDE. I suppose that most of my talk could be summed up as “management is pragmatic, based on who has energy right now and what they’re interested in.” But we’ll see what happens. As always I’m ready to expound upon Free Software subjects of all flavors at the drop of a hat.

Making mistakes in my talks

When I give a talk, I usually take people in the audience as examples. This is why people who know me usually sit two or three rows back if they possibly can help it, or all of a sudden they’re likely to be labeled the Evil Software Corp. or something worse. "You there, you’re BSD licensed, and over on this side we’re GPL, right?"

Usually these things work out OK, but when people end up associated with companies, I do make mistakes. So the Fedora guy (not rrix, Jakub, I think) with a red hat on in the audience was my example for companies that might be concerned about the effect of the GPLv3 on their ability to ship KDE as part of their embedded products. That’s utter bollocks, though. Red Hat have been one of the bigger GPLv3 supporters throughout the process, and they ship plenty of GPLv3 products. So scratch that example, should you watch the video. Next time I’ll pick someone with a different-coloured hat. other than that, I think the talk went pretty well.

Stoke my ego some more

Last week I gave a talk at an NOiV event (NOiV is the Dutch government agency created to oversee the motion to prefer Free Software in government procurement) and today the speakers got back the evaluation results. I’m happy to have gotten good marks (7.5 out of 10) and to have had “Adriaan’s enthusiasm for Open Source” named explicitly by two different respondents as a cool thing about the event.

Now I need to change my style for any speaking I may be doing at GCDS. I’ve promised to bring the traditional (?) speaker-motivation instruments for Akademy, and I’ll need to lay off the buzzwords a little.

Enlightened Self-Interest

Yesterday I gave a talk at an NOiV event (the NOiV is the Dutch government bureau leading Open Systems, Open Standards and Open Source adoption). You can find the schedule here where you’ll find I was the closing keynote speaker (warning: both sites in Dutch). I never got around to blogging this in advance, possibly because I assume readers of my blog aren’t IT managers at Dutch local councils. It’s quite interesting talking to people in this area, because they do have long-term societal responsibility — which is something that the four Freedoms of Free Software address — and yet at the same time are stuck with interoperability and transition questions from decades of proprietary software use. So I seized the opportunity to learn more about the tax office, libraries and the police and they way they operate their IT infrastructure and software selection process. On the whole it was a pretty successful day, and I was glad to hear from several folks that they appreciated my talk. I’ll probably end up at the NOiV again in September at one of their inspirational events. That’s enlightened self-interest on my part, too 🙂

[[ As an aside, I found today, which seems to have a pretty complete view of IT events in the Netherlands. I’d never heard of it before, nor have I checked if it actually lists all the Free Software events in the Netherlands or any of the non-commercial offerings, but it seems fairly complete. There’s a DrupalJam going on tomorrow, for instance. ]]