In lovely weather-schizophrenic San Francisco, KDE once again had a presence this year. The show itself had the distributions like SuSE, Gentoo, Debian, Redhat. Oddly, SCO was nowhere to be seen. Perhaps due to a lack of product? Also present were the big-name regulars like IBM, Sun, and HP. Little blood was lost between any Gnome-KDE strife.
Users were continuously impressed by KDE, for obvious reasons. But easily the most often-asked question was "What the latest version is" (3.1.3), and the cool new features in the upcoming KDE 3.2.
All exhibitors I've asked also claimed an increased amount of visitors compared to the previous year; possibly due to the reduced obligations to employment. There also were reports of a 20% increase in early registrations.
Some of the highlights in the show include the folks from the ILOG requesting assistance in configuring their demonstration machine to automatically switch virtual desktops periodically (`while [[ true ]]; do dcop kwin KWinInterface nextDesktop ; sleep 3; done`) and KDE claimed victory (by one pip!) in the Gnome-KDE backgammon competition.
Photographs are available at ktown.
A big thanks again goes to SuSE Linux who provided the two computers and a spare table.