Last weekend I was at the Ubuntu-NL WinterMeeting in Den Haag. The day started with rolling out of my bed at about 08.00 in the morning, I’m not used to this, not on a saturday. After being under the shower I was finally awake and had my breakfast. Now my day really started. I packed up my laptop and drove to the backery, where I had ordered a lot of apple turnovers and buns with sausages (they tasted great, by the way). Then I drove in about 1.5 hours to Den Haag and picked up ablomen. When we arrived at the building where the meeting would take place, our work really started.
We had to hurry, since it was about 11.15 and the meeting was supposed to start at 12.00. I got a quick tour of the premesis from ablomen, after which we unloaded the car. We put all the drinks and all the food on tables in the room across the hallway. Then we wanted to prepare the conference room, but the first Ubuntites had already arrived. So I turned the coffee machine on and the nice aroma started to fill the kitchen. Then we had to move quite a lot of chairs and set them up, where we got some help from the people who were a bit early. Then we set up my internet connection and the screen where we pointed the beamer to.
The meeting started with a having some drinks and talking to each new arrival. At about 13.00 I presented the schedule for the meeting with a little speech. After that everybody started socializing again, which was great. Then we had a discussion round, more socializing, another discussion round, pizza and even more socializing. It was great seeing the community in action! There were quite a lot of discussions and I think we made some real progress. After the pizza, most of the Ubuntites had some conversations with eachother and went home. Who can blame them, it was about 20.00.
After the meeting, the Ubuntu-NL forum and the Ubuntu-NL IRC channel suddenly were a lot more active. What was even better, is that the people who were at the meeting, knew eachother. This gives the forum and the channel an even better ambiance, since you now know who you are talking to.
The meeting was a great success and I can’t wait for the next meeting, I just hope I will have more time to talk to everybody