OOoCon 2006, Lyon: Wednesday and Thursday
Wednesday was the last official date of the OOoCon2006 in Lyon.
I was mainly interested in Jam and Buildbot presentations because both tools can make my life a bit
easier :-) I also went to Rob Weir's presentation to see the technical comparison of ISO/IEC 26300
vs. Microsoft Office Open XML. Interesting points...
I also met with Patrick and Ed from Neo team. Interesting technical discussion. We agreed to
disagree on some things and agreed on the rest. I explained my opinion from pure technical point of
view - we both (OpenOffice.org and Neo) look like idiots... I do not like to look like idiot though.
I wonder what are the real roots of all "problems" between Neo and OpenOffice.org. We were able to
talk (if you forget about my English communication skills) without problems, we were also discussing
some technical issues. I offered myself to be "OpenOffice.org proxy" for them and Patrick offered
his knowledge. We even had some fun - Ed gave me Neo t-shirt with the sentence "you can use it to
wash your car" ;-) Thanks!
Security team meeting (I will try to analyze the patches we apply to external libraries).
Fridrich's presentation about his personal development from newbie in OpenOffice.org into the mentor
of Google Summer of Code project was impressive - I especially like the part when he, speaking to
the people on the presentation, suddenly turned his face to camera and shouting "yes, developing for
OpenOffice.org is sweet!" Good work Fridrich!
Talking with Zaheda about the future of Mac port, localization. I was surprised to see Prague as one
of the location where Google is looking for software engineers.
Thorsten's presentation about typical C++ techniques used in OpenOffice.org was very interesting. It
was also probably the only one that finished in time. And I mean *in time*! ;-)
To sum up: many users of Apple notebooks at the conference, we have to turn some of them into
Dinner at L'Entrecote restaurants - wonderful again! Moving 200m to the other restaurant near the
town hall to catch other folks. Night walk to the hotel. Invoice for accommodation with "Sun
Microsystems" on it... 30 minutes to get the right invoice. Ordered taxi for the morning - six
cars is probably not typical order, so we had to explain it.
Breakfast in the morning, final hand shaking and taxi to the airport. Nice storm in the morning and
not that nice highway reconstruction on the way to the airport. The flight had 30 minutes
delay. Really tired after it. Good lunch with Dan, Filip, Zuzka, my wife Mirka and my son Michal.