FISL I

FISL is underway. I did my presentation about “Developing games for KDE 4” around noon. Thankfully it was not scheduled for one of the big rooms (they are gigantic!) But I estimate that we had around 300 people or more, a good attendance, with the room completely filled. I had some trouble managing time at the end and had to skip a few examples, but the feedback was very positive. Helio Castro sat on the first row, which was great, as he could rescue me in one or two occasions! Thanks Helio 🙂 A couple of people asked about the content. If you want to check it out, the slides and support material (sample code, sample art and programs) is online here. It is in Portuguese.

I was then free to roam around the conference a bit. Lots of interesting things happening. Keith Packard’s presentation about the state of X.org was very interesting, it is nice to see the advances being made in X and the explicit support (or explicit lack of support!) given by hardware developers. Some like Intel have moved to actually sponsoring 5 developers and developing their official drivers in the X.org repository, while others like ATI and NVidia are still not cooperating with free software development. It is interesting to see what will happen in the future, and if moves like these will have an impact on the quality of drivers and market share.  But at least I know which graphics chip my future notebooks will have.

Aaron’s first presentation was delayed a bit, but it was a great introduction to KDE 4 current state. His next presentation (today) will go in more detail about the technical bits. The man really knows how to conduct a presentation, even in the short time allowed for such a huge topic. I left the presentation really excited about  the work that is going on for this release! It is going to be huge! But wait… I knew that already… Didn’t I?!?  🙂

And for those wondering why we are not blogging more frequently, the wireless setup and internet connection is not working reliably at the convention center. Guess they underestimated the impact of 4,000 people roaming around, at least 50% of them carrying notebooks and attempting to find a hotspot…