[openbeos] Re: WalterCon 2008: Change of Plans

  • From: "Ari Haviv" <arielbhaviv@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 20:45:04 -0400

On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 3:11 PM, Jorge Mare <kokitomare@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> In light of the underwhelming response to topic of this message (lots
> of Haiku Inc. related off topic whinning, but little to nothing
> WC-related that could be meaningful or useful), and since my "behind
> the scenes" attempts in the last few weeks to try to somehow keep
> WalterCon alive had found no meaningful resonance, there is no point
> in pursuing this any further, at least not at this point in time.
> As a result, the plans that we had for holding WalterCon 2008 in
> Columbus in October are canceled (the contract with the hotel is
> already canceled).

Jorge, I can certainly understand your frustration.  I suggest that we
try to analyze 'what is going wrong' with WalterCon.
I think the basic problem was making the conference in Ohio under the
premise that it is the most fair because of its central location.
However, this also means that *everyone* has to travel and it is less
likely for any one person to make it.
To have a success, we need to find Haiku's center of gravity. When
Michael Phipps was project leader, the center of gravity was to the
east. Now that he is no longer project leader, not only is the global
center of gravity towards Europe but the American center of gravity
has now shifted to California. If the conference is in California, it
is more likely for more people to easily make it. This then forms a
'core' that will make it more compelling for those not in California,
to travel to the conference. People will go if there is definitely
something to go to.

And its not just Haiku fans. A California conference would attract
those who have been introduced to it at Scale and LinuxWorld. The
likelihood of a surprise from someone from Be would be greater.
Indeed, the center of gravity for the entire tech world is in

 I also think it would be a good idea for any possible conference,
including the confirmed Begeistert, to be placed on youtube. I would
like to see youtube 'bombarded' with Haiku videos to coincide with the
alpha. For example, technical presentations as well as videos that
demo the OS just as it was presented at linuxworld.

And for reference, this is the "official" BeOS demo video from Be Inc:

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