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Since Christmas 2000, I've held an annual barbecue for the local open source hackers. This year it was on 3 January 2004.

We've always had great fun, though it's surprising how much the atmosphere differs from one year to the next, particularly when so many of the same people came. Originally it was timed to correspond with the presence of exiled SA hackers such as Kris Kennaway and Benno Rice, but this year neither of them were here. Daniel O'Connor has been here every year, and Chris Yeoh and Bernd Wulf were both here for the third year running. A new guest was David Newall.

Another guest who was missing was Coopers Beer. Some months back I started brewing my own beer, so we drank that instead, copiously: between us we managed a total 12.875 litres.

It was warm again, and though we spent some time outside (no photos), we went inside for lunch, after which the laptops appeared. That's changed a lot, too: three years ago we multiplexed four IRC sessions on a single laptop. This time we had more laptops than people, and we did interesting things with them, though not (as last year) networked games, and also no IRC.

Instead, we rebuilt computers, talked about the upcoming Linux and Open Source in Government conference, which David and I are organizing, and did lots of other things. Normally people start leaving at about 4:30 pm, but today everybody had so much fun that the first people didn't leave until nearly 10 pm. Tiring, but fun.

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Berndt Wulf, Yvonne Lehey

 

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David Newall, Berndt Wulf

 

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Daniel O'Connor, Norm Lehey, Fiona O'Connor

 

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Yvonne Lehey, Daniel O'Connor

 

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David Newall

 

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David Newall, Berndt Wulf

 

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Fiona O'Connor, Chris Yeoh

 

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Chris Yeoh, David Newall

 

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Does FreeBSD 5.0 run on Daniel's laptop? Yes. I had an old disk floating around, made on a different machine, but it booted immediately. Daniel then spent some time upgrading his system to 5.1 (a bad idea if you're using wireless networks), and thence to 5.2.

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