Laws of Motion as applied to FOSS conferences

The first law of the celebrated owner of the-dog-named-Diamond states that “Corpus omne perseverare in statu suo quiescendi vel movendi uniformiter in directum, nisi quatenus a viribus impressis cogitur statum illum mutare” or in simpler words, Every body perseveres in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by force impressed. That’s what fairly sums up the reboot.

The one fallout of this should be an increase in entropy of the system, wherein other conferences would be required to introspect a bit on the focus : new_or_potential user/contributor/developer/evangelist/mix_of_all_of_them. I’d be really happy to see a change in the way the conferences align their focus and arrange their theme. Given that a closed system has a constant momentum (or, to be more precise – one that cannot be changed unless by external forces), throwing in such ideas normally generate a fair bit of healthy churn. I don’t think that the team expects that this year (of all the years) would suddenly lead to a spurt of contributions. But waiting for 2 more years (as Pradeepto hinted on the list) is not going to solve the problems of low contributions or developer base.

There has been a significant amount of heartburn on the list, this mail from Shreyas does sum it up well. A bit too late in coming – the “vision” blog/mail should have been a bit earlier, but I guess the sheer volume of submitted talks did finally light the bulb that the mail was required 🙂 In fact, if things go well, the Project Days would be expected to shoulder and deliver the significant responsibility for pushing up the contributor base in as much diverse areas of the Projects as possible. I can tell you that some of the proposers are listening. Good work folks.