[Ffmpeg-devel] Re: Linuxtag 2006

Måns Rullgård mru
Fri Feb 3 17:02:09 CET 2006

Diego Biurrun said:
> On Fri, Feb 03, 2006 at 08:51:25AM +0000, M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
>> Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski <dominik at rangers.eu.org> writes:
>> > I'd very much prefer to have a booth. If we don't, I probably won't come.
>> OK, that makes it two of us.  What days are you available to help out
>> with booth duties?
>> Any others?  Diego?  Roberto?
> I'm glad that finally somebody else is taking the initiative to push
> this forward.  I will be there for the whole duration of the event and I
> will help you with the organization.  So will Roberto.

Great.  I've registered the project on the Linuxtag website.  It's
shouting at me for not providing a German description of the project.
Is that a requirement?  My German isn't quite up to the task, I'm afraid.

> Now that we have a few people committed to being there we should plan a
> bit what we want to showcase at the booth.  Remember that the booth
> should not just be a get-together for us.  The booth should have a
> purpose and be informative and attractive for the visitors.
> My personal ideas are that we should try to have a bit more to offer
> than last year and try to get a bit of hacking done.  I think both
> things can be accomplished.  Our booth from two years ago was better
> than the one last year if we take into account that we were doing it for
> the first time.
> So what can we do?
> * NUT will hopefully be finished by then and we could try to showcase it
>   as good as we can. We could hand out free samples of NUT-encoded files,
>   we can have some flyers or info sheets about NUT comparing it to other
>   container formats and there could be beamer presentations about it once
>   or twice a day.

Sounds like a good idea.  I should read up on the NUT spec myself.  Would
someone with a bit of NUT involvement volunteer to draw up some slides/posters?

> * A beamer playing multimedia content should be available.

Yes, that's more or less essential.  Is anyone willing to lend one?

> * Put up the obligatory MPlayer poster, but also something more, maybe a
>   diagram that explains the inner workings of multimedia players/files
>   or NUT-related stuff.

Who can print large formats?

> * Live-CDs, we wanted to make one last year, it did not get finished in
>   time..

How far did it get?  Are there some rotting bits on someones hard drive that
could be revived, or is it better to start afresh?

> * Collect donations, sell CDs with multimedia software on it.  We were
>   asked about this constantly the last two years.  Download seems to be
>   nice, take away better...

We could burn these on demand, and avoid wasting blanks.  We need permission
from Linuxtag to sell stuff.  I included a request for this in the project

> * On-stage fixing: Why not have people bring in their broken samples on
>   CD and we try to fix them immediately.  No guarantees of course, the
>   complexity of playback fixes can be arbitrarily high, but I'm sure we
>   can pull off a few bug fixes.  Telling people about workarounds will
>   also make them happy.  We wanted to do this last year, but didn't
>   manage due to lack of organization.  LinuxTag would love this, they
>   wanted to add this to the list of available highlights last year.

Good idea.  I'll bring a few DVDs that are strange in one way or another.

> * Try to make the booth a bit more open and welcoming.  The tables and
>   notebooks should not be a barricade between us and the visitors.  I
>   imagine a few of us standing talking to people and maybe sittind down
>   with them in a corner and a few others explicitly hacking in another
>   corner.  So if somebody prefers to have less interaction, this is also
>   possible (assuming of course that it's not the majority).


> I'm sure we can come up with even more ideas, this should be a start.

Just keep them coming.  No idea is too bad to suggest.

M?ns Rullg?rd
mru at inprovide.com

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