25 Sep 2005 chrisime   » (Journeyer)

Back again to do some GNOMEing
Looks like, not much has happened while I was studying (I might be wrong, because I haven't been on IRC lately...). There's just now a pile of things to do regarding GNOME in Germany. Over the last few weeks I gathered some ideas what might be interesting for our guys and how they might get involved more easily.
But first things first...we have to find a new treasurer first, since Kay-Uwe doesn't have time anymore. Julius already told me, that he wants to do the job. So best thing is, to ask him again and announce it, if nobody else wants to jump in.
The other problem we're still facing is that there still is no bank account available for the e.V. Germany (and it looks like especially banks) are THE bureaucratic area. Murray found out, that we still have to go to the notary and change the names, since the persons on the board also have changed. So, I'm asking, do we always have to do that? What a waste of time and money! I'm quite pissed. Now, I somehow have to solve this matter, not very amusing.
But there are also other things which are worrying me a bit: it seems like HP isn't able to hold their (should I say) promise. It looked very good, back at LinuxTag when we spoke with them. They wanted to provide some HP laptops for fairs, so that we can show them at out booth. Those laptops are running Ubuntu. In the end it would have been good for both of us. Unfortunately, HP is a very big company and little things are a very big problem. As for now, we're on our own again, which is a bit sad, but we can manage. The e.V. is still young and there's lots of potential. Some of our guys are doing a great job, others don't care too much about it. That's usual...
The next big event is System in Munich. I hope I can be there for at least 2 days. Murray does a good job, he tries to solve things the easy way. I'm quite grateful. After System the LWE is the next big thing and personally I hope, that we'll have most of our guys there. Finally, we gonna have our general meeting there. Lots of things have to be done, I already mentioned some of them...

Boston Summit
I'm glad that I finally found a place to stay. Leon and Laura are kind to let me stay at their house. Initially, I wanted to stay at Luis place, but he won't be able to host anyone; at least I heard that.
I'm also planning to go to New York for two or three days. I wanted to do that two years ago, but didn't have time for the trip. I'm quite happy that the ride will only cost 10$ or 15$. That's really cheap. I'll try to stay at the youth hostel, finally my youth hostel card will pay off again. :-)

Writing articles
Currently, I'm working on a GNOME 2.12 article for LinuxUser. I'm going to finish it today. It already looks quite good: four or five pages about GNOME goodies for the masses. It always takes me quite some time to start writing it, but then, it's sometimes just a matter of minutes to finish a chapter. I also hope that our guys will finally start writing one of those articles. I have to ask them again. It'll work out...somehow.

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