Limited Open Source traveling budget
While I am waiting for a decision about a (partly) refund of my travel expenses to Japan Linux Symposium in Tokyo, I wanted to discuss what I expect from organizations for talking at conferences.
I am doing about 6 to 8 free presentations a year at Open Source conferences, starting from now I do expect reimbursements for travel expenses if they exceed a certain threshold. Neighboring countries are not a problem, but last year I went to Argentina for only 3 days because I promised to do a presentation (which became a keynote and 2 presentations) and our holiday plans to Argentina didn't materialize.
I don't feel bad for this one time, as it was a free conference and I had a great (but short) time in Buenos Aires. But I don't have a budget for doing this every year (especially the expensive plane tickets), and I certainly feel that if it is a commercial conference (entrance fees), I should get some of my expenses reimbursed.
That's why I may not go to the Japan Linux Symposium in the end even when my presentation was approved. It's a shame because I look forward to it, but then again, I am not a Dave Jones or a Jonathan Corbet after all...
Update: My request for expense reimbursement was granted, so I will be going to Tokyo after all ! Yeay \o/