[ubuntu-uk] UDS-Q in the US again

Bruno Girin brunogirin at gmail.com
Sun Jan 1 16:08:43 UTC 2012

On 22/12/11 11:39, Alan Pope wrote:
> On 21/12/11 23:55, Bruno Girin wrote:
>> In case you weren't aware, UDS-Q will be in California [1]. I thought it
>> alternated between US and Europe but that's now the second in a row on
>> the other side of the pond [2] so obviously I was wrong. Disappointed as
>> once again I won't be able to make it...
> They traditionally do switch between US and Europe, but if someone 
> makes a compelling case for it to be held somewhere different and a 
> suitable venue can be found, then that will happen.
> Also worth noting in general the service in the US is better and far 
> cheaper than in Europe. Not wishing to sleight our European cousins, 
> but for events, the US really does have venues and facilities really 
> sewn up. Just a shame that some of the venues are so far from places 
> for evenings out, but that's nicely offset by all the coaches that 
> Canonical lays on for attendees. :)
> I was lucky in Florida, the cheapest flight we could get included a 
> car in the deal, so I could drive around. Conversely in Europe we've 
> tended to have good public transport.
> Swings and roundabouts.

I'm sure there are a lot of good reasons to do it in the US. However, 
from a personal point of view, it makes it a pain in the backside for me 
to attend as I would have to either renew my passport or sort out a visa 
(I've got an old non-biometric passport, one of the last ones to be 
delivered by the French government so it still has a few years to go). 
Then again, that may be a blessing in disguise: I'm sure US immigration 
would start asking questions wanting to know why I've got a Russian visa 
in it, the same way they wanted to know why the previous passport had so 
many middle-eastern stamps...



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