Apparently, the Linux Foundation has not realized we're in 2014, and that video recording talks is now an expected thing for all technical conferences, just like having coffee or water during the breaks.
So, for those who are not able to come to the next Embedded Linux Conference, but were counting on videos to be posted online, here's the news: there won't be videos of this year's ELC conference.
As some of the people might know, +Free Electrons
was, for a number of years, video recording ELC and ELCE conferences and putting the videos online for free. Since last year, we stopped doing that, because the Linux Foundation progressively took over this effort. At the last ELC, the Linux Foundation was recording two rooms, and we were recording two. At the last ELCE, we didn't record anything, and everything was put online by the Linux Foundation.
So, for the upcoming ELC next week, we were obviously assuming that they would record the talks: they did it at the last ELCE, and they didn't contact us about this.
Except that +Tim Bird
contacted us.... yesterday, with the news that the Linux Foundation will not be doing any video recording effort at this year's ELC. Unfortunately with a 5 days notice before our departure for the US, it's way too late for us to organize all the hardware and logistics needed to video record ELC (especially as one of our camcorder got stolen during the last ELC...).
Why isn't the Linux Foundation interested in video recording talks? Do they fear that it could reduce the number of paying attendees to their conferences? Is there some other unknown reason? Or just lack of time? It isn't clear at all, but it is frustrating, for everybody: for attendees to the conference, because they will not be able to watch the videos of the talks they couldn't attend, for the speakers, because the impact of their talk is greatly reduced as it becomes completely limited to the audience in the room during the talk itself, and for the entire community, which looses a precious amount of useful embedded Linux content.
If you were interested by those videos, I would like to encourage you to speak up, and mail the Linux Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.+C. Craig Ross