i thjink this is a brilliant idea.
but i think it is also important to try and get a slot on the main
conference, discussing arts and cultural uses of linux. it is not such a
radical departure for a linux gathering.
but yes, i think doing a mini-conference beforehand is a great idea.
then perhaps we could submit an abstract proposing that a summary of the
results of the mini-conference could be presented at a session on the main