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Last week I was in Barcelona to present at the 10th edition of the local Jornades de programari Lliure ("Free Software Conference"). It was well attended for a local technical event and the presentations were good (though I gauge this on the slides, the audience satisfaction and audience interaction).

My two local hosts, Orestes Mas and Aleix Pol, were terrific. I was met at the train station and the travel arrangements went off without a hitch. The local food and sights were wonderful as well as I made my way out in the afternoon after plowing through work and KDE code.

(Side note: Travel by overnight train is a new thing for me, and I find myself rather in love with it. Whether this is purely due to the current novelty of it for me remains to be seen. I can say that I do not miss airports.)

My presentation was the only one in English, and I did my best to speak slowly and clearly. Hopefully I succeeded. :) I presented on a topic we've been talking about for some time but which I haven't done a full presentation on before: the concept of the device spectrum and what that means for F/OSS and KDE in particular. The slides I used, which need much work still before I'm nearly happy with them (as all first time presentations start out), and partial notes to go with them can be found here. The slides are fairly large due to the images in them (some 18MB), but that was probably to be expected.

The presentation is very much my opinionm, rather than "official KDE dogma", and reflects how I see things currently. It has a fair amount of what I'd call philosophical content in it. The essential message is: writing software for one form factor or one modality for data retrieval is phasing into history, and it is software that can successfully span physical form factors and erase data locality as an issue that will have a long term competitive advantage. This idea is based on where we are now with technology and comparing past technological occurrences (and some biological evolutionary systems) under the pretense that the future mimics the past since the systems underlying these kinds of change are largely immutable.

Anyways, I was asked to present on the future of F/OSS and so I did my best. I thoroughly enjoyed having that opportunity and look forward to more great tapas in that Catalan city by the sea.

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