Wow. I had such a great time at FOSDEM in Brussels last weekend and met so many amazing people, it’s hard to know where to start, and I’m afraid I’ll forget someone. Please forgive me if I do!
From MoCo, it was great to see Seth Bindernagel (sethb on IRC), Chris Hofmann (chofmann), Mic Berman (Mic), Dan Mills (thunder) and Mike Schroepfer (schrep) again. Seth and I became a dynamic comedy duo, always finding new reasons to laugh. I had no idea our sense of humor was so compatible! Speaking of laughing, I also met Mark Finkle for the first time, and I really had a really great time with him, Seth, Mic, and Zbigniew Braniecki (Gandalf) during our Sunday dinner together. We were laughing so hard that evening, it was almost painful.
From Europe, it was awesome to meet Tristan Nitot, Pascal Chevrel (pascalc), Brian King, Carsten Book (tomcat), Anne-Julie Ligneau, Gervase Markham (Gerv), Gandalf, and Christian Sejersen for the first time. These guys exceeded my expectations in so many ways, and I actually had high expectations! I’m even more proud to be part of the European Mozilla movement now.
Last but certainly not least (rather the opposite), it was fantastic to meet the countless of people from the Mozilla community. Some of them were people I’ve “known” on the internet for the last six years or so, including Henrik Gemal and Robert Kaiser (KaiRo), and it was great to finally meet face to face. Others were newer to me, but still people I’d been looking forward to meet, such as StanisÅ‚aw MaÅ‚olepszy and CÃ©dric Corazza (Cedric). And then of course, I met countless of people that I didn’t know much, or at all, before the event, but really enjoyed meeting — Henrik Skupin (whimboo) and Abdulkadir Topal, just to mention a couple of them.
Of course, I was there for a business purpose as well: the SUMO talk went very well. I will publish the slides on the SUMO blog shortly.
All in all, FOSDEM 2008 really boosted my enthusiasm for Mozilla, and drained me of all physical energy at the same time, hence the title of this blog post. I don’t like to publish raw, unedited photos, so please be patient; I’ll upload the photos soon(ish).