* I saw John Gilmore win a well-deserved FSF Award for the
Advancement of Free Software.
* I got to spend time with the intrepid gnash developer Rob
Savoye again, whom I knew of for years (his legend precedes him)
but I'd rarely had a chance to see in person regularly, until
* I met so many young people excited about software freedom. I
can only imagine to be only 19 or 20 years old and have the
opportunity meet other Free Software developers in person. At that
age, I considered myself lucky to simply have Usenet access so that
I could follow and participate in online discussions about Free
Software (good ol' gnu.misc.discuss ;). I am so glad that young
folks, some from as far away as Brazil, had the opportunity to
visit and speak about their work.
* On the informal Friday sessions, I was a bit amazed that I
pulled off a marathon six-hour session of mostly well-received
talks/discussions (for which I readily admit I had not prepped
well). The first three hours was about the challenges of software
freedom on mobile devices, and the second three were about the
nitty-gritty details of the hardest and most technical GPL
enforcement task: the C&CS check. People seemed to actually
enjoy watching me break half my Fedora chroots trying to build some
source code for a plasma television. Someone even told me later:
"it was more fun because we got to see you make all the
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