This is a non tech-talk, presenting a personal view of the Libre Graphics Meeting, from its first edition in 2006, Lyon and onwards: what it have done to unite artists, users and developers of several graphics and multi-media oriented Free Software applications.
What being able able to attend the first 6 meetings in a row, and several others, and being in the actual role of organizing the 2017 edition meant for me.
At the second half some considerations of what may have changed in work/life balance for the development volunteer artistic-oriented Free Software over the last 18 years, and considerations on what paths lie ahead, including in the face of A.I. powered tools
A personal view and feelings of what is the Libre Graphics Meeting, and what a yearly encounter can provide in terms of friendships, ideas and even some magic. A bit on ideas and topics that showed up around or in the encounters themselves, including the opportunity some of the projects had for a face-to-face yearly meeting, the idea of an exchange raster image format (.ORA). The possibility of talking with developers of like-minded projects. Small interesting projects that stalled, small projects that took off and gained the world. In short, a personal account of the meetings from the first up to the online editions in 2020 and 2021 - along with perspectives we could get in bootstrapping the physical meeting again.