So if you live in Europe and care about free software, you should really be going to FOSDEM. The organizers did a fantastic job, and I was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of the attendees. Greg and I had a blast!

While we were in Belgium, a whole gaggle of Googlers were in Texas for PyCon. Ben Collins-Sussman reports that "Dallas was full of rain. And meat." But despite (or maybe because of?) that, he says it was a great conference and that a high point was our very own Guido van Rossum's keynotes on the past and future of Python.

The best thing about conferences is always the opportunity to meet new people. As great as the Internet is as a tool for communication and collaboration, there is still no substitute for talking to someone face-to-face. When I say that you should come up and say "Hi", I'm not kidding --- that is what we are there for! But if you missed us this time, don't worry: we'll be at plenty of conferences this spring and summer. Watch this space for more info...