Slides from RMLL (and much more)

July 11th, 2009 by lucas

So, I’m back from the Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre, which took place in Nantes this year. It was great to see all those people from the french Free Software community again, and I look forward to seeing them again next year in Bordeaux (too bad the Toulouse bid wasn’t chosen).

The Debian booth, mainly organized by Xavier Oswald and Aurélien Couderc, with help from Raphaël, Roland and others (but not me!), got a lot of visits, and Debian’s popularity is high in the community (probably because RMLL is mostly for über-geeks, and Debian’s market share is still very high in this sub-community).

I spent quite a lot of time with the Ubuntu-FR crew, which I hadn’t met before. They do an awesome work on getting new people to use Linux (providing great docs and support), and do very well (much better than in the past) at giving a good global picture of the Free Software world (Linux != Ubuntu, other projects do exist and play a very large role in Ubuntu’s success, etc). It’s great to see Free Software’s promotion in France being in such good hands. (Full disclosure: I got a free mug (recycled plastic) with my Ubuntu-FR T-shirt, which might affect my judgement).

I gave two talks, on two topics I wanted to talk about for some time. First one was about the interactions between users, distributions and upstream projects, with a focus on Ubuntu’s development model and relationships with Debian and upstream projects. Second one was about voting methods, and Condorcet in particular. If you attended one of those talks, feedback (good or bad) is welcomed (either in comments or by mail). Slides are also available (in french):

On a more general note, I still don’t understand why the “Mondiales” in RMLL’s title isn’t being dropped or replaced by “Francophones“. Seeing the organization congratulate themselves because 30% of the talks were in english was quite funny, since in most cases, the english part of the talk was “Is there someone not understanding french? no? OK, let’s go on in french.“, and all the announcements were made in french only. Seriously, RMLL is a great (probably the best) french-speaking community event. But it’s not FOSDEM: different goals, different people. Instead of trying (and failing) to make it an international event, it would be much better to focus on making it a better french-speaking event, for example by getting more french-speaking developers to come and talk (you see at least 5 times more french-speaking developers in FOSDEM than in RMLL).

I’m now back in Lyon for two days, before leaving to Montreal Linux Symposium, then coming back to Lyon for three days, then Debconf from 23rd to 31st, and then moving to Nancy, where I will start as an assistant professor in september (a permanent (tenured) position).

5 Responses to “Slides from RMLL (and much more)”

  1. didrocks wrote on 07/12/09 at 7:32 pm :

    It was really nice to meet you at RMLL. Thanks for this good time and kind description of ubuntu-fr’s actions. ;)

    Have a nice trip to Montreal!

  2. huats wrote on 07/12/09 at 7:53 pm :

    I am quite confident saying that the ubuntu-fr team was happy to know you !
    Thanks a lot for these nice words on our work, enjoy your next few trips !

  3. Tester wrote on 07/13/09 at 6:29 am :

    Not scheduling it as the same time as Guadec+Akademy or any other international conference is probably a smart idea.

  4. david m. wrote on 07/16/09 at 12:10 pm :

    À propos des RMLL peu mondiales : tu n’as que trop raison.

    Bien cordialement,
    d.

  5. Guyou wrote on 07/27/09 at 1:09 pm :

    Is there someone not understanding french? no? OK, let’s go on in french.

    Tout comme toi, je pense qu’il serait raisonnable d’assumer l’aspect Francophone de la manifestation. Au final, je me demande si cet adjectif “Mondiales” cela ne déssers pas un peu l’évènement en le faisant plus présomptueux qu’il n’est.