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Road Trip of the Penguins, Part 1a

February 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Whew. After jumping through a plethora of techincal hoops, the Fedora Activity Day got underway a little behind schedule, but with a group of people that far exceeded the number of folks who signed up.

Throughout the course of the day the room varied from 12-20 people, working both on documentation and on font packaging during the course of the day. The morning and early afternoon was dedicated to docs, and the mid- to late afternoon want to font packaging. Yours truly stayed on the safe side of the street, continuing the documentation while other braver souls took on the font packaging.

Mirano spent the day with the me as Malakai and Saskia went to Disneyland. Other than a quick dip in the pool and a few laps, she spent the entire time in the Fedora Activity Day working on her own version of documentation (i.e., Neopets correspondence, I think).

On the whole, despite the fact that we got a late start, the Fedora Activity Day looks like a success so far. There certainly isn’t a shortage of people, and one of the interesting aspects of the entire event is the foot traffic that wandered in, some of whom we “put to work,” in a nice way of course.

Dinner, sleep and the first day of the expo to come tomorrow.

[FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs HeliOS Solutions West/Felton Linuxworks in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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Road Trip of the Penguins, Part 1

February 20, 2009 1 comment

Give credit for the title to my daughter, Mirano, who dubbed our mission to the Soutnern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) as such.

Yesterday, Karsten Wade and his two daughters — Malakai and Saskia — Mirano and I left Santa Cruz around 10 a.m. and pointed the rented minivan south, making almost record time down to Los Angeles until we reached I-405 (or, if your from Southern California, “the” 405), where a freewheeling freeway became a parking lot; not uncommon for the 405.

Once checked in to the Westin, the girls went down to the pool, which was talked about for a majority of the trip down, between conversations revolving around pie (don’t ask) and some math homework the girls had to take care of.

One of the great things about gatherings like this is that you put faces to the names that grace your e-mail box and faces to the people you talk to regularly on various IRC channels. David Nalley and Jon Stanley arrived at the hotel late Thursday afternoon, and just as we were about to go to dinner, we were accosted by Gareth Greenaway — one of SCaLE’s organizers — where we sorted out some last-minute details about Fedora Activity Day. On the way out, Tom Callaway walked in — another member of the dinner party added.

I’ll be updating this blog during the course of SCaLE. Watch this space.

[FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs HeliOS Solutions West/Felton Linuxworks in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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