Brussel and Belgian Beer

Right now i'm in the Janson room at Fosdem about to cheer Max on for his presentation. I'm following the Distribution track, which is made up of three 'major' distributions. 'Major' implies openSuSE, Fedora, and Exherbo. I guess when your website says 'Why this distro is not for you' in big letters, you automatically acquire 'major' status. In any case, i'm really looking forward to what they have to say.

Just 5 minutes ago, Joe 'zonker' Brockmeier finished up a presentation about some of the work openSuSE has been doing lately. They say imitation is the best form of flattery, and about 80% of what he presented seemed to be ripped off directly from the Fedora game plan. It's really a great compliment to our hard work that another group is so willing to pick up the same strategy. It's also great to see them continue to open up, in general, and look for more ways to collaborate between other distros and support other projects as well.

Last night was the Beer Event, and right now, i'm finally recovering. While the rest of the time at Fosdem is great for following specific things and getting work done, the Beer Event is really a great opportunity to meet other open source developers from all over the spectrum. What inevitably happens is that you go around from one room to another, and the next thing you know, you're discussing religion with two danes at 5 am, and you've lost count of how many starkbiers you've drank.

That said, i've discovered, that with my meagre 2 years of french in high school, i can speak enough french at 5 am in order to explain 'software libre' to the taxi driver. I suppose that's the only important part of any language one would ever need.