[openbeos] Re: WalterCon 2008: Change of Plans

  • From: "Dennis d'Entremont" <dennis.dentremont@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 13:42:21 -0300

On Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 2:20 AM, Jorge Mare <kokitomare@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi,
> Quick follow up on my last email on WalterCon from two weeks ago.
> I am holding the meeting room at the Red Roof Inn for as long as I can, but
> as time goes by, there is no guarantee that the hotel will keep space for us
> unless we sign the contract. We obviously do not want to make a committment
> to pay ($600) unless we know there is enough people interested in making
> this happen, so people, please speak up.
> With regards to our presence at the Ohio LinuxFest, we are in a similar
> situation. I have been contacted and was told that we are guaranteed a booth
> at the conference, but I do not want to committ unless there is enough
> people interested.
>  So, is there nobody interested in reviving WalterCon this year?

I am most definitely interested in WalterCon and would love to help but due
to my distance (eastern Canada) I am unable to help at this time. If it were
not so expensive to travel I would definitely offer my services. Someday I
hope this to change but for now I'll have to watch the *Cons from the
sidelines (unless there's one very close to where I live).

I know this doesn't help a darn thing but I just felt the need to express my


> Jorge/aka Koki
> On Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 9:36 PM, Jorge Mare <kokitomare@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Howdy,
>> This is a follow up to this thread about WalterCon 2008 (WC08):
>> //www.freelists.org/archives/openbeos/06-2008/msg00093.html
>> Unfortunately, there has been a change of plans: real life is getting
>> on the way for me, and I have had to reshuffle priorities. As a
>> result, I will not be able to do any Haiku-related stuff for the
>> foreseeable future. This means that I will not be able to be involved
>> in the organization of WC08.
>> So I am writing this message to see if those with a vested interest in
>> WC08 will want to actually make this event happen with their own
>> hands. First, let me explain where we stand.
>> In order to coincide with and potentially take advantage of the
>> exposure and participation at the Ohio Linux Fest 2008 (OLF), we had
>> chosen the weekend of Oct. 11 & 12 in Columbus, Ohio for WC08. OLF is
>> held on Sat. 10/11, so we had planned WC08 as a two day event on 10/12
>> & 10/13 (Sun & Mon). This is what we have done so far:
>> * OLF
>> We have applied for .org booth at OLF and for two Haiku talks at (Ryan
>> Leavengood & Bryan Varner). These are still to be confirmed, but since
>> OLF is a community-driven event, I expect the responses to our
>> applications to be positive.
>> * WC08
>> I have a (yet to be signed) contract for a meeting room for 10/12 &
>> 12/13 (8:00AM - 10:00PM) at the Red Roof Inn. The hotel offers an
>> adequate meeting room (max. capacity of 40 people, wifi, etc.) at a
>> reasonable price ($600 for two days), a good group rate with no
>> minimum requirements ($99/night), plus a convenient location (a few
>> minutes walk from the convention center where OLF takes place).
>> Since everything depends on securing a place for WC08, I suppose the
>> first thing would be to sign the contract with the Red Roof Inn; I
>> know that Haiku Inc. is commited to bearing the cost of the meeting
>> room, so that should not be a problem, provided that there is enough
>> interest, of course.
>> Where the planning goes from there (if anywhere), it is up to the
>> community. I personally think that a (grass-roots) collective approach
>> would be better, but that's just my opinion. I just really hope that
>> WC08 happens, one way or another.
>> Anyway, my apologies again for not being able to give you better news;
>> I was quite excited about WC08 and I feel bad enough that I have to
>> pass the ball on at this stage. But real life comes first; I hope you
>> all understand.
>> Cheers,
>> Jorge G. Mare/aka Koki
>> PS: I am not following the mailing lists, so if you want/need to
>> contact me, please send me an email off the list; I will try to repond
>> ASAP, but don't be surprised if I take a few days.

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