Posted Jan 24, 2006 0:55 UTC (Tue) by coriordan
Parent article: Suits and Patents: A Report from the GPLv3 Launch Conference
First clarification is that the discussion groups that half the audience went to after lunch were actually meetings for the committees which will, roughly, act as an interface from the public to FSF during the process. So it wasn't "now we'll give special time to important people", it was to get the members of the committees to know eachother and to work out how communication will happen during the next 12 months.
Second clarification is that while "200+ attendees" is correct, it is inprecise by 200. The room at 450 chairs and maybe 50 were empty. The steepness of the incline was deceptive. (Note: some people wanting to come were unable to get visa's or were turned away by USA immigration - others decided not to come because entering the USA carries the requirements of fingerprinting and of having personal information transfered to the government of USA).
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