P0000554 Eric Raymond at Linucon 2004
Eric Raymond gave several panels at Linucon 2004 on topics as varied as "The Art of Unix Programming" and "Dating 101: Remedial Flirting".
In "The Art of Unix Programming" Eric Raymond gave a speech on the basic principles of the Unix philosophy. They are the same principles as described in the "Basics of the Unix Philosophy" chapter of Raymond's book "The Art of Unix Programming". He elaborated a little more on each rule than he does in the book. At the end of the speech he answered questions, some more, some less related to Unix philosophy. He also ranted on XML, after admitting not having an opinion about it, and expressed his opinion on Hurd.
The (almost) full speech is here: http://sf.geekitude.com/content/eric-raymonds-speech-linucon-2004
And of course, what would a Linux/SF convention be without an assumption that it's populated by stereotypical lovelorn geeks? Well, there must have been some of those -- the "Dating 101: Remedial Flirting" panel attracted 10+ people, not such a bad turnout given its early hour (10 am on a Sunday morning). Though maybe everybody in the audience was there, like me, out of curiosity about what Eric Raymond had to say on this topic, and not because they really needed help. On this panel Eric Raymond teamed up with his wife, Cathy Raymond. Their advice wasn't earth-shatteringly new, it was just some common sense tips on how to attract interesting and compatible members of opposite sex. It wasn't all that different from "mainstream" dating advice, only fine-tuned to geek-specific needs and interests. Eric also gave a few examples of his own recent flirting incidents ;-)
I attended only the second half of this panel. To drag myself out of bed to be there at 10 a.m. was asking too much of myself. Perhaps the early scheduling time reflected organizers' opinion that people who need this kind of advice can't possibly have enough of a social life to stay up late.
My transcript of the panel can be found here: http://sf.geekitude.com/content/dating-101-remedial-flirting-linucon-2004-panel