It was really nice to be around, but the real life is stronger. TrainedMonkeyTM stops his FOSS activities. Once again, it was nice to be around and I learnt a lot.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
As many of us, TrainedMonkeyTM also left Lyon and reached safely his home and rejoiced to meet again his beautiful wife and his handsome son. How long can be five days when your heart is missing someone!
There is nevertheless something special, I would even say something magic, about the OpenOffice.org community (and I speak with a special reference to the OpenOffice.org developer community). It disregards almost all cleavages that exist in the FOSS realm. You can see during the dinner Jody seconded by TrainedMonkeyTM discussing about the relevance of GObject framework with Éric Bischoff, a KDE developer. You can see Novell/Suse developers having nice time with the RedHat one; Ubuntu OpenOffice.org maintainer teasing (I have to confess that with a big help from your servant) the Debian maintainer. You can even find Sun developers running MS Windows on their laptops ;-) A bunch of men and women, far from petty tribal conflicts, trying to have fun hacking on a project they believe in. And this is the setting that I really love and appreciate. The only negative part is that I was not able to get the www.neooffice.org t-shirt. I do not know whether it is due to the fact that I have no car ;-)
And just to add: Charles, I may understand your disappointment with some events, but NO, I AM NOT IN WAR AGAINST ANYBODY!