Because we weren’t quite exhausted enough after Friday evening, we started right into the planners meeting on Saturday morning. We had 220+ submissions, and 90 slots, so we had to a lot of winnowing.
There were a number of discussions of whether it is reasonable for certain projects to be more heavily represented than others.
We’ve traditionally had the web server more heavily respresented than any other project. This is really the first time that I’ve started to question that policy. The reasoning, I think, has something to do with the fact that most of our attendees, we think, associated “Apache” with “web server” and so come expecting HTTPd (and related) talks. I think that the attendance numbers kind of support this theory, but over the years, we’re seeing other projects’ talks more heavily attended.
It would be nice to have actual statistics and be able to make more data-driven decisions. I’m not sure what’s the best way to go about gathering those statistics, but we really need to find a way.
So, anyways, by some time Sunday morning, we had the schedule laid out. Hopefully we’ll be notifying selected speakers real soon now.