Contributed by merdely on from the no!-that's-good-for-the-flowers dept.
Mark Uemura (mtu@) gives us a taste of what's to come from c2k8: The 2008 General Hackathon:
c2k8 (Barbecue) - June 8, 2008, Bob's home, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
I have been asked to write up something for the c2k8 hackathon similar to what was done for the n2k8 event. Actually, it is difficult to do without individual summary reports from each developer. Usually, this comes after the hackathon is over for obvious reasons. However, several have been asking, so I feel compelled to send something.
Mark continues below with pictures and a recap of the BBQ at Bob's.
source-changes@ for yourself, but I really can't give away any secrets yet -- that would spoil the fun. I can tell you that there are some big things happening. They are worth waiting for and deserve their own individual write-ups. In fact, there are quite a lot of things that you will not see on the source-changes list but that are being discussed, worked on and/or are dependent on commits that must happen first. There are a lot of diffs that are being held back or are being tested before they get put into snapshots. At any rate, I ask that you please be patient for the summary series as they will not start until next week.
A few of us came early to the c2k8 hackathon and arrived on Friday, June 6. It didn't take long for us to congregate at a local pub. It has an amazing 360 degree view of the whole city of Edmonton. One thing that you notice right away is that Edmonton is really flat and green. Apparently there is a beautiful river valley. OpenBSD legend has it that Bob would talk about it as if it was the eight wonder of the world. The c2k8 t-shirt says it all. What I can say about Edmonton is that so far everyone that we have met either on the street, on the bus or even jogging in the beautiful river valley have been really kind, welcoming and inquisitive (more below). I love Canada because it is really a multi-cultural melting pot. Canadians accept and embrace all cultures and that is one of the interesting and wonderful facts about Canada. Do you ever wonder why Canadian flags are often worn on backpacks by so many travellers who are not even Canadian? Canadians, generally, have a good reputation abroad and there is a good chance that people in other countries have a friend or relative living in Canada. It's a great country!
Despite the rain, we were all able to keep warm by two gigantic fires set up in Larry's (Bob's Neighbour and longtime friend from University days) backyard. I have to thank Larry for letting us [ab]use his backyard for not just the barbecue but the beer hurling. I can only think that there will be a huge patch of grass in the middle of his yard that will either grow into a forest or turn brown for the summer. A big tent was also set up in Bob's backyard. He knew better than to spoil his backyard with such barbarian sports. The other thing that kept people warm was the amount of alcohol consumed. I overheard someone saying that there was one litre for every person at the barbecue. Well someone fortunate or not, got my litre but the kicker is, the beer ran out! At that point, they had to turn to stronger forms of brain cell destroying juice. Thank goodness they all have so much superfluous cells to give up that are not required or suited for OpenBSD development.
The hackathon is in full swing now with everyone deeply engaged in the work that they came to do. One thing that struck me as sad is that many of the developers who have contributed so much to the Project are themselves lacking hardware and are still working on very old laptops. There's even a box of 1GB DDR RAM sticks here for anyone who can use them. Out of a room of 60 developers, there are very few developers who actually have the newer laptops that can actually use this newer RAM. So the full box of 1GB sticks remains untouched. I am impressed with what the OpenBSD developers can do with so little. People are often working on drivers for hardware they can't themselves test for lack of hardware. If you are able to help in any way, please have a look at the hardware wanted page or if you can donate money please help by visiting the donations page or the orders page. I can't stress enough how much help we need. Most of the developers here have come on their own dime and/or have taken time off of work and away from their families just to help the Project in the best way that developers know how for everyone's benefit. How can you help?
Thank you for your OpenBSD Order! Name: Mark Uemura Order number 2008/6/6-22:1:23-8074: -> Total: CDN $340.00 + Shipping
(c2k8 hackathon summaries to begin soon)
Once again, thank you to Mark for taking the time to share his experience at the hackathon. I'd also like to echo Mark's sentiments regarding the sacrifice and effort the developers put into the project. OpenBSD continues to be awesome because of their hard work. It's very important that you get the companies you work for, your vendors, your customers, ... to donate to the OpenBSD Foundation to ensure that hackathons like this (and the project itself) can continue to grow and improve.
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