First off, I want to thank Google for giving out water bottles. This morning I forgot my lanyard with the name badge on it, and had to walk for forty minutes in the sun to the hotel and back. Google, you made it much less unpleasant than it could have been. Also, Nokia gave us towels and USB keys, and Intel are giving us coffee and ice-cream every day.
The flight to Las Palmas was delayed yesterday, and we missed some of the opening talks– apparently RMS was singing. But we arrived in time for the lightning talks; I heard one on refactoring, one on KDE’s triage team (which sounds like a great idea), one on improving OCR in Linux, and some others. Later I went back to the hotel and slept while other people were eating (my choice: I was quite horribly jetlagged) and then we all ended up on the roof talking about tech stuff until about midnight, when we dispersed.
There was a sign up saying “Don’t try to upgrade your system: there are 700 of us here.” The network has been getting a little overloaded. I’m now sitting in a talk about Bluetooth. People keep trying to pair with the speaker’s devices.
I will take some pictures and post them. I haven’t seen any actual canaries here, but perhaps I haven’t been looking hard enough.