On 5/3/07, Simon Taylor <simontaylor1@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
ps: Is anyone else actually reading this thread? I'd like to hear some other views on whether a "Haiku conference" actually makes any sense given the current state of development of the project and the people (new developers for the Haiku project itself) we are trying to attract.
I've been skimming many of the longer posts, but otherwise I've been trying to at least keep up with the thoughts being discussed. Not being an active "developer" in the Haiku community (mostly lacking the C/C++ and BeAPI know-how) and yet being one of the technical persons - I have been anticipating the opportunity to attend a WalterCon. I live on the west coast of the USA, however, and would probably not travel any further than I can drive myself (I should have gone to the Las Vegas event, but I had to work that week...) Having followed the progress of Haiku as long as I have, I would not necessarily care for a "state of Haiku" style event. I would largely be looking for some "getting started with Haiku development" type discussions/presentations on the technical side. Possibly some discussions about what parts of the OS are going to be focused on next, and who the potential contributors might be. This is the type of stuff that would appeal to me from a technical perspective - as it would help me get up to speed and learn a bit more. For the administrative/non-technical side I would like to maybe participate in some face-to-face brainstorming sessions on "Promoting Haiku" and other stuff like that. Helping to promote Haiku (sometimes in subtle ways) is one of the few things I have found the time and ability to do over the years. I don't want to start another flame war, but I think many agree this is obviously an area that Haiku needs to work on. I believe that having some portion of WalterCon devoted to this topic could be a benefit. It would allow those who otherwise wouldn't be able to contribute code, to still participate in the event and feel like they can add value. Haiku needs to grow the community a bit - and it's not too soon. It needs developers and promoters alike. It doesn't really need users. I believe a Haiku "Conference" should attract people who want to contribute to the project, not just people who want to use Haiku. Therefore it should be structured in such a way that it can open doors and help people to help Haiku. Sort of a "Come learn what you can do to help Haiku!" type of attitude. Anyhow, that's just my opinion. - Urias