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  • #16
    Actually guys, I have been pondering something along these lines for a while now. Though I haven't planned on having the time or financing until my other company is sold, plus then with the time it takes to organize a large event, I don't expect a Phoronix conference until 2010 at the earliest. But feel free to fire away with ideas... I am surprised no one brought up the idea of a moderated debate between AMD and NVIDIA and the open-source community
    Michael Larabel
    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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    • #17
      Originally posted by hmmm View Post
      The f200 is no longer in production?- I thought they just reached firmware 4.1.1?
      The firmware's being done by some of the people associated with the Pandora. GPH shuttered their doors back about a year ago now. Pandora's being developed by the UK reseller and a team of people worldwide. Which reminds me...I owe DJWillis a bit of kernel code...

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      • #18
        I am surprised no one brought up the idea of a moderated debate between AMD and NVIDIA and the open-source community
        I'm waiting to see what nvidia will announce at nvision this week - can someone please grill the linux driver experts there:

        LINUX Genius Bar at the exhibition: Spend 1:1 time with NVIDIA’s LINUX driver experts on the exhibition floor
        from http://www.nvision2008.com/Professionals/

        The firmware's being done by some of the people associated with the Pandora. GPH shuttered their doors back about a year ago now. Pandora's being developed by the UK reseller and a team of people worldwide. Which reminds me...I owe DJWillis a bit of kernel code..
        Just noticed the gp2x uk site has pandora info up - wow
        Last edited by hmmm; 08-24-2008, 12:06 PM.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Michael View Post
          Actually guys, I have been pondering something along these lines for a while now. Though I haven't planned on having the time or financing until my other company is sold, plus then with the time it takes to organize a large event, I don't expect a Phoronix conference until 2010 at the earliest. But feel free to fire away with ideas... I am surprised no one brought up the idea of a moderated debate between AMD and NVIDIA and the open-source community
          Will there be refreshments at this conference? If so, count me in!

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          • #20
            Originally posted by hmmm View Post
            Checklist:

            Take two linux gaming websites: Phoronix and Linux gamers.
            Add Linux Publishers: LGP, Igios and team13
            Nag i.d, Codeweavers and Transgaming
            Kindly request hardware manufacturers: Pandora, gp2x (Gamepark Holdings) and ATI to come along
            Start with a keynote by icculus (Ryan Gordon)
            Get Google to sponsor another Hackontest (http://www.hackontest.org/index.php?action=Root-about) specifically focused on games
            Attach an open day for the public to the event - filled with multiple stalls similar to Linux.conf.au

            Anyone else have suggestions?... Sorry about the sms talk earlier - I was typing from an ipod touch and the keyboard is SHOCKING.
            cool man, what's SMS btw? :P Is that txt msg from cell phones?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by xav1r View Post
              Will there be refreshments at this conference? If so, count me in!
              You can't have a conference without at least one free beer event.
              Michael Larabel
              http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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              • #22
                cool man, what's SMS btw? :P Is that txt msg from cell phones?
                shorthand morse-code syntax

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                • #23
                  Which is why the traditional Nokia ringtone plays SMS in morse code

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                  • #24
                    Sounds good Michael. I do think it should be a forum where any Linux game developer can go to demo and pitch their products. Upcoming tech demos/game products and have it streamed online.

                    I think that should try to reach as many people as possible.

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                    • #25
                      Isn't this what Linux Game sites are about? Granted it's not directly what ModDB does ( in terms of PR ) but it's already something.

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                      • #26
                        The biggest challenge IMO rather than getting the people to join in and talk in such a conference, is to actually generate a program of talks and forums, workshops or round tables that would be held. Have all the activities geared towards a theme or objective. For example, maybe it would be a good thing to have the first of such a conference geared toward the state of gaming on Linux and the projections of how could it be increased and who are doing things (and what are they doing) to make it bigger. I think we could also have a series of talks about the challenges involved in the different steps of the way:
                        • Since conceiving a FLOSS game (for example an open source game such as Battle for Wesnoth or Yo Frankie! - Apricot).
                        • The process involved in the evolution of the games.
                        • Challenges they faced while creating the game.
                        • Problems they encountered, etc.

                        The same for those commercial games available on Linux, and even though we might know much about the state and difficulties involved with it in forum small talk, have those who actually are in the trenches working to bring us commercial games for Linux is a whole different story. Without talking specifics, have TTimo, Icculus and Svartalf in a panel discussing:
                        • The current state of commercial gaming in Linux.
                        • The challenges of bringing commercial games to Linux, and
                        • what has to change in order to get more commercial games on Linux.

                        Add to that the opinions of people from LGP and Runesoft and what have they to say about it.

                        Invite AMD, Intel and nVidia representatives and have a forum or moderated debate (as Michael already suggested) about Graphics on Linux, and more specifically about Open Graphics, drivers, forthcoming technologies, applications for these technologies (gaming, imaging, scientific visualization) in/with Linux, etc.

                        Bring some big name software companies as well to the party, such as Google (gaming on Android?) and maybe convince these companies to sponsor the event (at least in part)...

                        I better stop now, there is not much I could do about this, but I sure as hell would like to at least attend to one such event!

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                        • #27
                          Meh... too traditional - I suggest getting the Google CEOs to formally challenge the CEOs of Intel, AMD, and nVidia to a Grand Nexuiz Contest, but they have to run a linux client on their own hardware, and the winner gets to make the second-place company write a Linux game where monkeys throw poo at a caricature of the loser, and if they don't do it Google bans all references to them from showing up in searches.

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