"The OpenOffice.org conference celebrating the tenth
birthday of OpenOffice.org started in Budapest yesterday morning.
Here are some first notes from the field.
"The opening session was a cool moment, both for the location
(the Hungarian Parliament) and for the content. We started in the
very hall of the Parliament. Incidentally, the first thing I noted
there has nothing to do with OO.o but is a general problem of the
FOSS and programming worlds: of about 150 people in the hall, no
more than 10% were women, even if OO.o and FOSS users aren't
certainly 90% males, are we? But I digress.
"The official conference brochure starts with a welcome message
of the ODF Alliance Hungary noting "how appropriate it is that such
a conference takes place in a region filled with resonance from the
collapse of the totalitarian regime of the former Eastern bloc"
that is an example of closed society replaced by a much more open
one, and in a University that is based on an open society vision,
open to improvement whose values evolve through trial and error,
just like OSS."