I went along today to my first open source hack afternoon,
a regular language/platform agnostic hack group that’s now meeting at the Artifactory.
It was a hot day today, with dark orange skies from the fires up near Mundaring,
and when I got to the Artifactory there was a bit of a delay in getting inside
and so we sheltered in half a metre of shade against a hot wall for a little while.
We had a pretty good room with an portable air conditioner that made it just about a bearable temperature (and provided white noise, in case that’s useful).
Stephen brought a projector, so we could share things more easily.
I’m looking forward to next month—and maybe more people will come! Maybe it’ll be nicer weather.
The annual DokuWiki hackfest is on in a month or so. Wish I could go. Will do next year.
It’s going to be held in the brilliant-sounding LinuxHotel in Essen, Germany, from Monday 29 July to Sunday 4 August.
There’s been a bit of stuff written lately about grumpy meanness and less-than generous interactions in various open-source communities, and I certainly agree with some of that. I’ve experienced it in some places, but certainly never in the DokuWiki world. Everyone seems just rather normal there, and friendly. (Some of the terseness in the Kohana forums, for example, isn’t! Not that collaboration doesn’t need critique, but it also needs kindness.)
Last year’s hackfest sounds like it would’ve been fun. A chap from Southeastern Railway said:
The Hackfest is just starting to wind down and as the only ‘user’ here for the whole weekend it has been a fascinating experience. I am the host on this occasion and we are a big user of Dokuwiki which is the core application in our technical document management system, some 40,000 pages and 20,000 images.
I have been involved with technical document management for many years, in both aviation and rail. DokuWiki is the first really successful document management application I’ve implemented. Our user base has taken to it with ease and we continue to find new and innovative things we can do with the software.
There’s to be a Wikimedia meetup this weekend; hurrah to that. How better to rekindle (and why did Amazon have to steal that word?!) the passion for helping write and build Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries, Libraries, Newspapers, Textbooks, and Universities — than drinking beer on a Saturday afternoon?! None! I say, none at all.
(I might be two days late with the birthday wishes, but that’s only because I’ve been too busy partying…)
On Saturday afternoon more than a dozen Wikipedians turned up to Little Creatures to raise a toast to ten years of Wikipedia. There was beer, t-shirts, discussions of intricacies of Wikipedia (none of which, for once, had to be prefaced with an explanation of what the flippin’ deal is with editing), and a broadside infiltration from — of all things — a Reddit crew who had heard about the free swag.
So happy birthday to Wikipedia, and thank you to everyone who came on Saturday for rekindling my enthusiasm for all this. I’m excited about the possibilities for some sort of collaboration between the Fremantle Society and Wikimedia projects. (More on that, later.)