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UTOSC — Day 2

October 10, 2009 Leave a comment

[A moment of silence, please, for my dearly departed laptop power brick. Anyone who has a brick for a Fujitsu Lifebook that they can spare, please contact me.]

[Thank you]

Friday’s edition of the Utah Open Source Conference must have been good. Reason: The day flew by.

Traffic in the exhibit area flowing pretty steadily for the better part of the day and the swag was getting into folks’ hands. Some of the questions we were getting ranged from the basic (“So what is Linux, anyway?”) to more complex (“Why does yum suck?” — No, it doesn’t, but that’s been handled in a past blog). The usual suspects are here: Open VZ, GNOME, KDE, for starters, as well as the Fedora, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu — the interesting part about this is these three represent the three roots in the Linux tree: Fedora roots go back to Red Hat, OpenSUSE’s to Slackware and Ubuntu to Debian.

Both Ian Weller and Paul Frields presented yesterday — Ian’s presentation was filmed by Scott Dowdle and should appear on the Montana Linux User Group site sometime soon.

Stormy Peters of the GNOME Foundation gave the keynote yesterday, and it was quite informative. I wish I could have stayed for the entire address, but someone has to watch the booth.

Again, with the amount of traffic and the number of people who have visited the booth, the day went quickly. I went to get lunch and realized it was 4 p.m. Not much later was the geek dinner at Mama Spaghetti’s (I think that’s its name).

[FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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UTOSC — Day 1

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

First things first, before I forget (something, sadly, that is more commonplace these days — what was I saying again?); It’s good to see that the Utah Open Source Conference, now in its third year, is growing into one of the more established events on the annual GNU/Linux (or Linux, take your pick) calendar.

The reason I say that is because after a conversation with Will Smith — the UTOSC guy, not the actor — I was surprised that the event has come quite far in only three years. UTOSC is clearly one that I am going to mark on my annual calendar.

Day 1 at UTOSC — and this is from the perspective of the Fedora booth, where I am parked — started out quietly and as the day progressed, became busier with more visitors, questions and comments about the distro.

At 12:30 or a bit later, I was marshalling the forces for a Fedora Activity Day in one of the classrooms at Salt Lake City Community College, the venue for UTOSC. I say “marshalling” because the best part of organizing a FAD is letting people who know more than you take off with it after you introduce it. Such is the case at this event, with the FAD around Fedora Event Splash, or FES. After introducing it, both Ian Weller and Clint Savage — both of whom had been working on it for several months — took the reins and we had a productive meeting that Fedora folks will hear more about going forward.

Later in the day, Clint walked in and said “Here, you’ll like this,” and handed me a box. I looked quickly inside and noticed what I thought was a . . . tent? Actually, it was the vertical banners for the Fedora booth, a new addition to the event box.

Day 2, which starts in a few hours, appears to be shaping up to be another great day at UTOSC. More to follow.

[FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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Utah bound

October 2, 2009 Leave a comment

For those of you who have a free weekend — assuming your weekend starts on Thursday (hopefully) — and you happen to live within walking, driving or flying distance of Salt Lake City, the Utah Open Source Conference is someplace you might want to be.

According to this badge, yours truly is speaking. Well not really speaking as such — although finding me at a venue where I’m not speaking is rare, unless I greak into my impersonation of Marcel Marceau — but I am running the Fedora Activity Day which, next to talks by Paul Frields and Ian Weller, is the highlight of the event (if I do say so myself).

The booth will be open for business, as usual, complete with the usual “stuff we all get” (aka “swag”) and media. In fact, I thought I had given out all the Fedora buttons I had at OSCON until I found a box of buttons in the trunk of my car, left there since OSCON no doubt.

The Fedora Activity Day, on Thursday Oct. 8, will revolve around the design and creation of a workflow for the Fedora Event Splash application. The concept is simple, but there are a lot of things to decide before getting this up and running. It starts at 12:30, but you’re welcome to stop by anytime during the course of the FAD.

Following the FAD will be a Birds of a Feather meeting at 6:30, where we’ll either socialize (one vote here for that!) and/or continue working on the application.

A running narrative on UTOSC will appear here, starting with the train trip on Wednesday — despite the derisive mocking I get from my colleagues, I refuse to fly unless completely necessary — and throughout the end of the week next week.

Watch this space.

[NOTE: This blog is also reprinted in the Larry the Fedora Guy blog.]

[FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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