Sunday, November 9, 2008 2008

I just returned from 2008, a Free/Open Source conference in Kuala Lumpur. This is the first open source conference I've attended after many years since FOSSCON in '03, which MIMOS gave up on afterwards (epic fail there, MIMOS).

It's great to attend a tech conference again after a long absence from conferences in general. I met some awesome folks, listened to some talks, and ate some good food. Fun times. Here are some pictures.

Yoon Kit gives his keynote speech, which describes the wicked web of drama around ISO voting for ODF vs OOXML.

Colin Charles of Sun/MySQL and Daniel CerVentus of

Toru Maesaka, the memcached guy from Japan.

Toru Maesaka and Fajar Priyanto from IBM.

Pia Waugh giving a talk on the OLPC XO. She's a consultant from Australia, and knows kung fu (seriously).

This is the first time I've seen an OLPC XO in real life. Pia dropped these a few times, demonstrating its toughness to a shocked audience.

Here I am, posing with an OLPC XO. Some of my friends on IRC joke that whenever I get disconnected (which happens a lot on the lousy internet connection I used to have at USM), it's because I needed to crank the power on my OLPC to charge it up again (very funny, guys).

This was taken at the speakers' dinner. From left is Yoon Kit, Han and Pamela Fox. Pamela is from Google (how cool is that?).

Here's James Morris, a Linux kernel hacker from Australia.

James Morris speaks about Fedora Kiosk Mode.


curutari said...

"Yoon Kit gives his keynote speech, which describes the wicked web of drama around ISO voting for ODF vs OOXML."

Anytime this is going to be made into a motion picture?

hussein said...

You'll have to ask Yoon Kit that.

cawanpink said...

did u get the chance to hack the olpc while u had it for a brief moment there?? =P

hussein said...

No chance. :(

aizatto said...

should have stolen the olpc, and hidden it in your bag!

hussein said...

Now that wouldn't be nice Aizatto. These laptops are for the kids. Don't steal from kids!

Jerome G. said...

I have 2 of them at home and prototype B2-1 unit :P

In case you have a potential project for the OLPC XO-1 machine, let us know so we can see how we can provide you with a developer unit.

Wawa said...

i missed the conference.

the problem was there was no one to look after the 3 kids while we are away.

btw, the olpc looks kewl.

mnajem said...

i just knew that the keypads of OLPC are small, thus only useful for kids.