[Linux-aus] Travel Grant Application

Daniel Stone daniel at fooishbar.org
Wed Jun 16 16:26:02 UTC 2004

On Wed, Jun 16, 2004 at 04:55:10PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 16, 2004 at 04:18:50PM +1000, Daniel Stone wrote:
> > The beer thing was in jest; I would be giving a presentation if I was
> > over there, on freedesktop.org and X.
> Sure, but ignoring the sob stories, the only thing you told us you'd be
> doing over there other than drinking and spending money was:
> On Tue, Jun 15, 2004 at 01:13:47PM +1000, Daniel Stone wrote:
> > I would attend 
> > largely as a representative of freedesktop.org (none of our other
> > valiant leaders can go), and hopefully beat KDE into standards
> > submission.
> I was inclined to take the latter half of that as mostly a joke too --
> and the drinking beer part certainly seems a lot more likely to pan
> out than that anyway. It was all pretty non-specific, and really "a
> presentation on freedesktop.org and X" isn't a lot better. Don't you at
> least have an abstract, or even some pre-prepared slides, to offer LA
> as evidence of what LA's money is going to buy the community?

I do not have an abstract or slides - I was asked to bring the KDE
community up to speed on various projects within fd.o, as well as what
we're doing with X. So, it would include a high-level overview of fd.o
projects such as UIM and others, and an overview of all our X work in
progress, and where we hope to go with X and standards in the future.
The platform and Utopia stack would also get a look-in.

I've been relatively snowed under between my X work and exams lately, so
I've not had time to prepare an abstract. My last exam is next week, so
hopefully I can get things a little better together. I've been talking
with the aKademy crew, and they've said that they'd welcome any talk I
did on fd.o and X, and there's no real formal paper process as such
(they usually have more room for talks than offers; another difference
to LCA which some may not realise).

> I'm not meaning to imply that your trip's not worth funding, just that
> the grant proposal probably isn't focussed properly, possibly to the
> extent of causing LA legal troubles if it's a grant's made on the basis
> of nothing more than the proposal. IANAL, YMMV, IMHO, etc.

Well, if I got the grant, I'd obviously start writing my talk, for one.
Not much point in writing a talk you're never going to give. I can
assure you it would be quite valuable, and I'm willing to go back and
focus this more if it's requested. Apologies for the flippancy if it's
caused problems.

Daniel Stone                                              <daniel at fooishbar.org>
"The programs are documented fully by _The Rise and Fall of a Fooish Bar_,
available by the Info system." -- debian/manpage.sgml.ex, dh_make template
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