[openbeos] Re: WalterCon 2008: Change of Plans

  • From: "Michael Phipps" <michael.phipps@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 05:46:58 -0400

I don't really understand why this is, either. But it was always pretty much 
true. From the very beginning, there was a lot more interest in Europe than in 
the US. That was one of the biggest surprises to me from the beginning. Even 
with all of the evangelization that we did in the US (and I think that we did 
more here than in Europe), we never really got a lot of traction. 

I *know* that there is a large market here. People *hate* Windows, both for 
its' low quality and for Microsoft's monopolistic and just out and out wrong 
business practices. The problem, I think, is that people are looking for a 
complete solution. Linux has been promising it for 10 years now and people, I 
think, just despair of anything ever coming out.

That is part of the reason that, early in the project, I pushed very hard to 
keep a low profile. I am believe in under promising and over delivering. 
Unfortunately, I also found out how the press can sometimes take quotes out of 

Anyway - I think that the people in the US who might be interested and capable 
of helping are working too many hours already at their day jobs. Like me, for 
example. :-)

-----Original Message-----
From: "Stephan Assmus" [superstippi@xxxxxx]
Date: 07/22/2008 00:13
To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [openbeos] Re: WalterCon 2008: Change of Plans


Jorge Mare wrote:

> My first recommendation to Haiku back in 2006 was to move WC to Europe. 
> The answer was a resounding "no way"; but as it turns out, the inevitable 
> is happening (the demographics are overwhelming).

It's surprising me actually. I can't really figure out why that is.

> For all intent and purposes, BG is the de facto Haiku conference, and I 
> don't think that will change that, at least not for the foreseeable 
> future, if ever.
> WC could come back to life as the US-based conference, but only to the 
> extent that the community in this part of the world shows interest in 
> making it happen; if there is indifference, then it will not happen.

I agree with you, Koki. I hope you are not sad about the current lack of 
interest from your side of the pond. Or lets say the current lack of 
motivation and or time to put in the effort. I know you had great hopes and 
plans for reviving WalterCon.

Best regards,

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