Warpstock Europe 99
A small history and preview
By: Christian Hennecke (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Warpstock has been a real success in the USA so far. Since most European OS/2
users didn't have the opportunity to attend many were left wondering if a similar
event could be created in Europe. Last year the local german TeamOS/2 user groups
decided to try this in a joint effort, but Warpstock Europe 98 was canceled due
to organizational problems. What did survive this attempt was the german OS/2 news
and Warpstock information site Buntspecht.de
that has been providing the german speaking OS/2 users with the latest news since
then and the wish to make Warpstock Europe reality.
Well, finally this wish IS to become reality in the time of 1. - 4. Octobre 1999
at the University of Bochum, Germany! (And by the way, we don't consider its international
acronym BUG an ill omen!) Entry is free! Meanwhile we have over 300 registrations
including people from the Netherlands, Denmark, France, Italy, Switzerland and ...
Saudi-Arabia!!! So this is truly going to be Warpstock Europe.
A few months ago contact between the user groups and the university was established
by Olaf Cichewicz, an OS/2 user who is working at the faculty of physics and deserves
our thankfulness for carrying a huge load of organizational work and being one of
the main persons for contact. The university will provide us with an infrastructure
that is ideal for such an event. After the place and time had been confirmed a new
website for information, registration and feedback was set up: www.warpstock.de.
Slowly, but increasingly faster offers for lectures and workshops dropped in. By
now the timetable is almost filled.
One thing that we learned from trying to convince companies to exhibit at Warpstock
Europe is that we will have to begin organization earlier next time, some months
earlier. We didn't think of the time the companies will need to decide, plan and
invest part of their budget into exhibiting. Another is that even ISVs making OS/2
software (which I think proposes some enthusiasm) decide whether to attend or not
at least partly depending on economic analysis. So the question is "Will exhibiting
pay?". Well, judging from the negative reaction we got from a few companies
I'd say that the image factor is a bit underestimated and/or that some are selling
so much that they think it's not important any more.
So what will be really going on at Warpstock Europe? First there is the exhibition.
Several companies and organizations are attending, among which are:
The second part are sessions and workshops. There will be two to three parallel
blocks consisting of up to 5 session-units of 45 - 60 minutes and 1 workshop unit
of 2 - 3 hours per day. All sessions and workshops will be offered twice during
the four days, so everyone should have the opportunity to attend everything she/he
wants to. No matter if you are a normal end user, a power-user, a developer or interested
in building a LAN for your company, the wide range of topics offers something for
everybody. Here is a selection:
C.E. Fischer Buchverlag. The publisher of
the only printed OS/2 magazine in german language and also the developers of Xelia,
an upcoming office suite with WPS enhancements and a browser.
Deckarm. A german software distributor.
Deckarm will come with an IBM e-business booth.
Mensys. The big software distributor.
OS2.org. The folks maintaining a growing OS/2 information
and news web site. It includes e.g. a hardware compatibility list, discussion forums
for the latest news, SoftWhere? (a list of reviewed OS/2 software) and a helpdesk.
ROM Logicware. The company that brought
us the wordprocessor Papyrus and recently released a new version of their office
suite for OS/2.
S&T Systemtechnik. A german company specializing
in measurement know-how and automation of industrial processes.
the german TeamOS/2 user groups
If you are interested in attending Warpstock Europe 99 please register via its homepage - http://www.warpstock.de/en/index.html
to help us planning. The following addresses should be used for contact:
OS/2: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Markus Specht, maintainer of Bunstspecht.de)
The OS/2 Workplace Shell and extensions (Christian Langanke, developer of Animated
Mousepointers for OS/2)
Win32 programs under OS/2 with Odin (Achim Hasenmüller, member of the OS/2
Netlabs Odin team)
Everblue - running X-Window programs under OS/2 Presentation Manager
Problem Analysis: When it traps and hangs... (Frank Meilinger, maintainer of the
"OS/2 large customer list")
Using StarOffice under OS/2: Producing a thesis (Werner Roth, maintainer of a StarOffice
expert web site)
A guide to OS/2 within the Internet (Andreas Linde, maintainer of OS2.org)
Aurora: the OS/2 e-business Server (Oliver Mark, IBM Global Services, PSS NW delivery
WSoD Remote Client Connection (Dennis Sposato, IBM Network Computing Services Division's
Rapid Deployment Team, Austin, Texas)
The OS/2 Netlabs and its projects (Adrian Gschwend, maintainer of OS/2 Netlabs)
XWorkplace - The new Workplace Shell challenge (Ulrich Möller, developer of
Physical Device Driver Development (workshop) (Frank Meilinger, maintainer of the
"OS/2 large customer list")
I'm looking forward to see you at Warpstock Europe 99! (Or otherwise I hope you'll
attend Warpstock Atlanta 99 or Warp Expo West!)
Christian is a student of geography at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (the place
where Warpstock Europe 99 is happening) and an OS/2 user since Warp 3.
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