Sadly, the overall quality of the annual LinuxTag event seems to be going down hill. In the four years that I have been trekking to northern Germany for LinuxTag, this year seems to have been the worst. In talking with others who have been regular attendees to LinuxTag even before the event took place in Berlin, they all agree that LinuxTag 2012 wasn't the best.
The number of booths, the companies and developers in attendance, and the quality of the actual talks all seemed to be on a decline. Most of the time I and others were simply sitting by a coffee stand to catch-up since most of the schedule was less than interesting. For being Germany's premiere Linux/open-source conference -- unless counting CeBit -- this was a disappointment.
openSUSE beer and Fedora hot dogs -- see that article for more details on the Beefy Miracle food and the openSUSE "Old Toad" beer from Franconia. There were also Ubuntu pickles again, but the quality of that Saturday Ubuntu BBQ was much better than last year -- and much nicer weather!
the unlikely sponsors of the event. Besides Microsoft tossing in money, sponsoring part of the evening reception, setting up a Microsoft Blogger Lounge with cafe, and other forms of partnering with LinuxTag, two other somewhat unusual names to see here were Nokia and Oracle.
open-source ARM Mali driver is coming along with the Portal Companion Cube now running. Other mobile news was that the Facebook Phone will run Linux. OpenGL ES 3.0 will be here this summer too as some other mobile Linux news.
the release of Dragonfire and Hellfire.