Ubuntu Summit: Inside the Googleplex
I'm at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Mountain View, California in the heart of Silicon Valley -- at the Googleplex. This biannual event is held within a couple of weeks of every Ubuntu release, to plan the features, processes and the development cycle for the next release -- in this case "Feisty" which will become Ubuntu 7.04 when it releases in April next year.
These events are an opportunity for the core developers and community people to get together and meet face to face -- most of the contributors are scattered around the world from North and South America, Europe, India and the Far East, through to Australia and New Zealand. (South) Africa is represented by Richard Weideman, Canonical's Education Manager, and myself.
The main activity at the Developer Summit is discussion and drafting of specifications for the features for Feisty. A list of specifications have been registered in Launchpad's Blueprint system for discussion at this event.