This is a story of helping out a friend, which is a good thing for community members to do if they get the chance. The friend in this story is Bruno Souza. He is the current Community Leader of the JUGS Community here on java.net, and a more enthusiastic guy you'll never meet!
I've been spending time in India lately, where my pal Brian Behlendorf and I recently met a local open source activist, Niyam Bhusan (more on Niyam another day). We got to talking about the origins of Java and being Niyam he decided to spend a few hours researching on the web.
Yesterday at GU4DEC I witnessed an amazing thing. Michael Meeks, a non-Sun member of the OpenOffice.org community (he works for Ximian) asking GNOME developers to join OpenOffice.org to make contributions!
So, I finally got free to go to a few sessions, and there were two on "open source" topics which looked interesting. One was the StarOffice & Java session (I think its the only session about OpenOffice.org / StarOffice at this conference). It was in a big double room.
One of the perks of working on JavaOne is sitting up front in the General Sessions. Its a two-edged sword, tho', because if you need to get up to go to the bathroom everybody KNOWS you've left your seat.
Its the Sunday before my fifth JavaOne and already I can see that I'm gonna be really sleepy by next Friday. As usual for me BOFs, Community Meetings and nightime activities will keep me up despite best intentions and in a real sense those after dark activities are the best of what a Technology Conference can give you.