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Road Trip of the Penguins: Epilogue

February 23, 2009 2 comments

A thousand pardons — while Sunday at the Southern California Linux Expo was less busy, it was easier to spend more time in more lengthy discussions with visitors who came by the booth at SCaLE. However, while I should have updated this running blog on SCaLE, I didn’t. Further, I had the Paso Robles-to-Santa Cruz leg of the driving chores, and I didn’t get home until late (which explains why I missed the Fedora Weekly News deadline).

So now that the mea culpas are out of the way, I have to say on the whole the SCaLE weekend — from Fedora Activity Day to finish — was an unqualified success.

From Friday’s face-to-face get together where we were actually able to sit in a room with people we talk to on a daily basis on IRC or by e-mail to carrying on two- and three-conversation talks at the Fedora table during Saturday’s “rush hour” (which, essentially, was a better part of the day), I would hope that more regional events have as many attendees as SCaLE did.

Several points about the weekend:

  • I swear on a stack of O’Reilly “Intro to Linux” books that my spilling a cup of coffee at the OpenSUSE booth was a complete accident on Sunday afternoon. If Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier hadn’t been handing me iguanas to give to the kids, then that wouldn’t have happened. And, I think it’s fair to say that I did clean up the mess . . . .
  • Muchissimas gracias a Maria Luisa de KDE para el refresco, y cuando tiene la foto de tu y yo, yo quiero una copia de la foto.
  • I spoke more Spanish at SCaLE than I have on any two days since I left Miami 22 years ago, and because I lived in Japan 7 years ago, I kept mixing up Spanish and Japanese in conversation — which probably made me sound like a bigger lunatic than most people think I am.
  • One of the funniest things was to see Mirano, Malakai and Saskia sitting around the hotel room on Saturday night emptying their bags and going through the swag as if it were Halloween candy.
  • Happy Birthday again, David Maust (CTO of Tall Umbrella, our neighbor at SCaLE) — any company that give you two birthday cakes on your birthday is worth mentioning.
  • Press: We had our share of media visitors at the booth over the weekend, who spoke to Karsten Wade about matters Fedora: In order of appearance — Nathan Willis of Linux Weekly News; Kata Tanaka Okopnik of Linux Gazette; Steven Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Daily News; and a guy whose name I didn’t get. Not only this, press photographers were all over the fact that we had XOs at the booth and one child per laptop using them.
  • Cool things about SCaLE: The guys who organized it (all of them) who hosted an excellent show; the XOs at the OLPC booth, the Earth Treasury booth and, of course, at the Fedora booth; ZaReason’s CTO Earl Malmrose installing Fedora 10 on one of the company’s laptops and keeping it displayed during the course of the show (thanks, Earl!); FSF’s larger GNU stickers (as well as some of the new swag at their table); the constant activity at the KDE booth; finally meeting (after corresponding at length with) David Nalley, Clint Savage, Jon Stanley, Tom Callaway, Joseph Smidt, Scott Ruecker, Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier, Joe Smith, Nathan Haines, Jono Bacon, Gareth Greenaway, Stuart Sheldon, Orv Beach.
  • I’ll blog on this another time, but what is it with people who stop by the booth — any booth, and not just ours — just to waste time in meaningless “let-me-tell-you-why-your-distro-sucks” one-sided conversations? I’m serious — where do these people come from, and don’t they have anything better to do? As far as I’m concerned, these are mostly one-sided conversations — I just smile and nod while I wait for a valid point to arrive in the conversation (which, in more cases than not, never has the courtesy to show up).

    [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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    Weighing in on SCaLE

    February 18, 2009 2 comments

    OSCON is months away. LinuxWorld — excuse me, Open Source World — might as well be an eon or two away. What’s a person to do in the meantime?

    If you have the misfortune of living outside the Golden State, hop a plane and make your way to Los Angeles this weekend for the Southern California Linux Expo.

    If you’re within walking or driving distance, by all means you should be able to get your fix before the summer at the Westin Los Angeles Airport from Friday through Sunday.

    The seventh annual edition of this first-of-the-year GNU/Linux show is growing by leaps and bounds. With its unique placement on the calendar, its importance in the grand scheme of the Linux year grows also.

    While both Bradley Kuhn and Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier are delivering keynotes, the lineup of speakers at various sessions this year are top notch.

    For starters, on Friday Edward Cherlin talks about Open Source Textbooks, Cathy Malmrose of ZaReason talks about women’s significant and understated contribution to open source, Stormy Peters tells us how things actually get done in open source and Joe Smith talks about College and Open Source.

    (Of course, the piece-de-resistance for the day is that all day Friday, Fedora is having its Fedora Activity Day in the Midway room — stop by. And that’s before the Fedora Birds of a Feather from 7-8 p.m.)

    If that’s not enough, Clint Savage tells us about Fedora Remix on Saturday — a very cool way to roll your own — along with Brian Che on a Real Time Introduction to Linux and for the legal eagles, you might want to catch Rob Tiller talking about Patents and Open Source After Bilski.

    Of special note on Sunday — other than Zonker’s keynote — are Nathan Haines presentation entitled Growing Up Free and Akkana Peck’s Bug Fixing for Everyone.

    Speaking of bug fixing, not only is Fedora spending Friday dealing with some housekeeping items on fonts and documentation, Ubuntu is holding a Bug Jam all weekend.

    Add this to the 82 exhibitors and you have yourself a great start to 2009.

    I’ll be spending most of my time in the Fedora booth, so feel free to stop by and say “hello.”

    [Also, to those in the Silicon Valley, I hear that the SVLUG booth may need a little help in the staffing department . . . . Now is the time to come to the aid of your LUG :-) ]

    [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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