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Re: No FOSDEM 2008 stand/devroom this year: new Plans for GNUstep-Dev-Me

From: Jesse Ross
Subject: Re: No FOSDEM 2008 stand/devroom this year: new Plans for GNUstep-Dev-Meeting & How to attract General Public?
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 06:46:06 -0600

we just got the note that they have so many project requests at FOSDEM
2008 so that they had to decide between them. And, the decision is
that we do not get a stand/devroom this time.

So, the good side is that there is nothing ot organize :-)
And everyone can decide her/himself to visit FOSDEM and is not obliged
to man the stand.

But in the recent discussion how to do better marketing for GNUstep
and to attract new developers, this is a major setback. Where else can
we easly have approx. 3000 people running around a GNUstep

Wow -- that is very disappointing news... :(

The other downside is that we had planned a Pre-FOSDEM Workshop (2
days) so that all developers from all continents could meet, discuss,
make plans for next phases etc. but still spend travel expenses only

Since Brussels in February isn't the most easy location to get (cheap)
accommodation for a larger group anyway, I want to propose that we
shift the workshop in time and location to meet somewhere near
Frankfurt (big Airbase Hub) after Easter time.

Question to the prospective overseas visitors: which timing would be
most convenient?

Either would be fine for me -- we should just make sure we plan at least an equivalent amount of time as what we had planned before. Something like a Thursday through Sunday would be optimum.

And, when looking at the Google statistics (they estimate 45 active
members on this list), the recent discussions and that I have seen
here many (new) names of contributors, I am sure we can gain a lot of
momentum - but we also must make this publically known. So, a good
question will be how to involve and ttract the "general public" in
such an event.

Another thought would be to see if there are any other large developer conventions to try to attend and make our presence known at. Does anyone have any suggestions?


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