Debconf 2

Wow. Debconf 2 was great! It was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I actually got to put names to userids for many, many people. We had a big University of Waterloo contingent come down for the talks. Jim Morrison stayed over at my place; while Frank Marier, Stefanus Du Toit, and Ryan Golbeck lived in residence. And of course, Joe Drew organised the whole thing! Friday and Saturday were sleepless affairs as we chatted with all manner of people. We met Susan Kleinmann and her husband, Steven Baker who lost his knapsack, Branden Robinson of SPI, Nick Lewycky of Fresco fame, Russell Coker who presented SE Linux, Sam Hartman who asked tough questions to Michael Robertson, Bdale Garbee beloved DPL, Warren A. Layton, Joey Hess, Matt Taggart, Remi Lefebvre who spouted French at us all Friday night, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh, Amaya Rodrigo Sastre, Benjamin (Mako) Hill, Luca Filipozzi, Jeff Bailey, and a whole host of people whom I have now forgotten. Sorry!

Damian Conway

Damian Conway showed up to York University for his first seminar in a series of three. We had him here for his Friday, 5 July 2002 talk called Extreme Perl: the horror of SelfGOL.

I attended his next two as well; which were after Debconf 2. The one he held on Tuesday, 9 July 2002 at the Toronto Linux User Group meeting at the University of Toronto was entitled Life, the Universe, and Everything.

The third talk was held at the IBM Toronto Labratory in Markham which is just north of Toronto. The topic of the third talk was Perl 6: The sky isn't falling.


Henrique gave us a talk on a new initscript system. This is an IRC log, where I was typing a summary to #thug participants on It turned out fairly well, so I hope to see similar notes at the Debian mini-conf in Australia.

Updated 18 July 2003
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