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Road Trip of the Penguins, Part 2b

February 21, 2009 2 comments

. . . or not 2b, that is the question . . .

SCaLE day one, officially and expo-wise: Doors opened at 10 and throughout the course of the day it was a constant blur of people stopping by wanting to talk Fedora, wanting to talk GNU/Linux, wanting to talk about just about anything. Prior to the doors opening Tom Callaway and Jon Stanley had the booth in order when I brought down the Event Box and media, though I know that David Nalley and Clint Savage also had a hand in getting the booth ready on Friday.

Malakai, Saskia, Mirano and Shaun had an assignment that they performed flawlessly: That was to promote the Fedora and Red Hat presentations that were going on, their mission was to hand out fliers and go around the exhibition area and guide people to the Fedora booth. This is an assignment the four of them tackled with gusto. In fact, the girls came up with a chant:

The best thing about Fedora is freedom,
If you have a computer, you definitely need ‘em.

And clad in Fedora shirts, the four of them circulated the expo floor handing out fliers and chanting the newly coined phrase.

Prior to SCaLE, I had made arrangements to meet folks with whom I had a long professional relationship but have never met in person. One person fitting that bill is Scott Ruecker of LXer.com, whom I finally had the chance to meet and have a lengthy conversation with — GNU/Linux user to user and journalist to journalist. Not only this, it was good to see those I see often, like Frank Turner, a regular at Cabrillo GNU/Linux User Group and Felton LUG meetings who made the trip from Santa Cruz County.

Also on hand in SCaLE is ZaReason, the hardware specialist from Berkeley. Cathy Malmrose of ZaReason presented a talk on Friday on women in FOSS which I wish I could have attended, and Earl Malmrose, ZaReason’s CTO, got a Fedora 10 live CD and installed it on one of the ZaReason laptops. Would this be a sign of things to come? I don’t know.

The press stopped by the booth as well. Karsten Wade had a lengthy interview with Steven Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Daily News about the Fedora community, and also Nathan Willis from Linux Weekly News stopped by for a lengthy interview as well.

Media and stickers flew off the table during the course of the day, and as soon as I can process more of the blur that occupied most of the day, I will have more to say, which will probably 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, Chapter 2

February 21, 2009 Leave a comment

A quick wrap for Friday: Again, Fedora Activity Day started slowly and gained momentum throughout the day. I will leave the degree of success to be debated by those who attended and those who look at what was accomplished, but from my vantage point it was a success.

Clint Savage’s son, Shaun, joined the entourage in the afternoon, giving Fedora a foursome of youth to tackle the show floor with their exuberance which hopefully will translate into visitors at the booth. Saturday morning, the girls — Mirano, Malakai and Saskia — are at the pool at the moment for their pre-SCaLE swim.

Meanwhile, I sit with XOs to the left of me, boxes to the right . . . and I suppose that means I should lug them down there, now that it’s 8:30 and the floor is open to exhibitors.

More to follow.

[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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