[Linux-aus] Event overlaps - and what to do to avoid them in the future

Paul Shirren shirro at shirro.com
Fri Nov 11 10:56:34 EST 2011

On 11/11/11 6:49 AM, Donna Benjamin wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-11-10 at 22:15 +1100, Kathy Reid wrote:
>> For instance, what's a girl to do if she's into PHP and Drupal, hacks
>> her own knitting with Lilypad Arduino, is into leadership of open
>> source and happens to be organising linux.conf.au? :P
> However proximity to LCA is one of the drivers for AdaCamp - Val herself
> will be in town

+1 calendar but...

While the overlap might be frustrating Donna has hit on the driver. 
There are people flying in for one event being shared around with 
several other events. They might not be able to take a month off work to 
attend non-overlapping events. This makes the travel more worthwhile and 
is maximising their time. It sucks for locals but realistically having 
uber FOSS gurus fly in every couple of months to a different event 
probably isn't as practical as a summer festival drawing all the big 
acts and spreading them over a few different stages.

I live in rural isolation. Even Adelaide looks exciting from here (na, 
just kidding). How can you have too much going on?

It isn't like there isn't other great stuff throughout the year. OSDC is 
on in Canberra next week. Would be great if there were a couple of other 
things on there, it being Canberra and all. I guess Ruxcon is on in 
Melbourne following on from OSDC which is a good example of the sort of 
scheduling your taking about though would be better if they could have 
been in same city. I don't think anyone travels to Australia or New 
Zealand to be stuck indoors for two weeks. Going any more than a weekend 
past a week long event is probably cutting into peoples sight 
seeing/diving/surfing/mountain climbing/travel back to work time.

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