Re: Call for hosts for GUADEC 2009

Usa isn't the only country in North America. Maybe Canada or Mexico
has less strict rules about visas? It is not hard to imagine that the
Americans might feel that it is a little unfair that guadec always is
in Europe. Couldn't there be two conferences?

2008/4/22, Behdad Esfahbod <behdad behdad org>:
> On Tue, 2008-04-22 at 13:17 -0400, Og Maciel wrote:
> > Hi there,
> >
> > As I'd love to see GUADEC (as well as Akademy) being hosted in North
> > Carolina, and as this is not an official bid, I was wondering if there
> > is anyone interested in helping/coaching me? I don't have any
> > experience with this kind of activity, but I do know a lot of people
> > and we have big companies around the area such as Red Hat, IBM, rPath
> > as well as most of the Foresight Linux developers.
> >
> > Anyone want to adopt me?
> Hi Og,
> There are two main issues with having GUADEC in the US:
>   - The Big Pond.  It's just more travel to fly everyone to the US.
>   - US visa.  It's a real issue.  It's not a predictable and fast
> process like most European countries are.  It literally takes months to
> get a US visa for those of us that need one.  And many people going to
> GUADEC need one.
> For those reasons, I don't think having GUADEC in the US is practical as
> of now.  Things of course may change in the future.
> Cheers,
> --
> behdad
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>  Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
>         -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759
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