[vlc-devel] [RFC] Devs meeting

Jean-Baptiste Kempf jb at videolan.org
Wed Jul 30 08:29:09 CEST 2008


On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 03:48:53PM +0300, Rémi Denis-Courmont wrote :
> The idea of a VideoLAN developers meeting was discussed a while ago, but did 
> not go very far. In the past, most people were at ECP. That does not work 
> anymore. It also seems that FOSDEM does not really work for this. Either, 
> you're not there, or you're watching (interesting) presentations from other 
> projects, or you're explaining what VLC is, to passers-by...
> Many open-source projects have infrequent real-life meetings. I do think that 
> would be useful. And at worst, I am pretty sure it will not be 
> counter-productive anyway :)

> As regards the location, I reckon we need life support (food, beverages and 
> sanitation), a room with proper Internet connectivity (unblocked outbound 
> SSH), power, desks, seats and video projection. Given the distance between 
> all developers, beds are going to be needed for some, wherever.

> I like to visit fancy places. However, I suspect some of us don't have 
> passports. And more importantly, many of us have such work/study scheduling 
> constraints, that limits us to meeting on week-ends. Therefore, EU/CH/Norway 
> seems like the most manageable area, with Paris region as the likely optimal 
> venue.
NL is nice too!

> Then, there is the travel cost problem. As a matter of principle, I am not 
> willing to fund airline or other 3+ digits fares with my personal savings. 
> And I believe some of our contributor, especially students, would be outright 
> unable to cover such costs by themselves, should they arise. In other words, 
> it seems like such meeting is unlikely to happen without a serious sponsor.
We need some sponsor. We need some money. VideoLAN foundation anyone ?

> Comments & proposals welcome!
Google Summer of Code summit in october ?

Best Regards,

Jean-Baptiste Kempf

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