At the request of KDE's representative for North America, George Staikos, and thanks to the sponsoring granted by Plum Comm. Canada, the organizers of the Toronto LWCE, I was able to go to Toronto on April 25th, and to give a three hours tutorial: Why KDE for the desktop and a one hour conference:
Take a Hold of the Rapidly Maturing Linux Desktop.
I also wanted to run a KDE stand, but it turned out not to be possible for me (given work-related constraints) to stay through both days as required.
My tutorial and conference didn't gather full rooms but I think the conference as a whole was a bit less active than usual. I found the experience interesting nevertheless. After the tutorial, two engineers came to me from Xerox, who showed to me the new printing driver dialog that they have written for Linux, which their colleague, David Salgado, had already mentioned to me at the Atlanta printing summit but didn't have the means to demo it to me.
Also, the president of a local software development company (Advidi of Nepean, Ontario), came to me after the tutorial and told me I helped him a lot to make a better idea and inform his choice for a development framework. I strongly hope that I helped him choose KDE ;-).
Many of the attendees were eager to take home one of the Kubuntu CDs that Jonathan Riddell had kindly delivered to me beforehand.
On the show floor, the usual commercial players were present but I only saw a small number of stalls for free software or community organisations. John Hall was at the Linux International booth but I didn't find an opportunity to meet him and make my greetings. Of the KDE people, Waldo Bastian was there and he did presentations on Portland and ODF in the on-floor conferences series.
Overall, it was an interesting experience and for me an occasion to re-confirm the high profile of Free Software in general and KDE in paticular here in Canada.