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The Wizard of OSCON – Day 2

July 23, 2010

First things first: There is a Wizard of OSCON. I’ll reveal that person’s identity — without having to go behind the curtain — at the end of the blog (and no fair going straight to the bottom).

The second day followed the same playbook from most large shows. Following a tsunami of people on day one of the exhibition, the second day of the exhibition is more tempered and there are less people. But there’s an up side to the latter, specifically that we’re able to talk at length about matters Fedora.

Being chained to the booth — and I say that as if it’s a bad thing, but it’s not — I was unable to go to any of the sessions. Not a problem there, since talking to people in the booth is a lot more enjoyable. So dealing with questions about Fedora, introducing the distro and talking to people about FOSS suits me better.

The people come in waves, thanks to the sessions, no doubt. The folks who visited the booth for the past two days, as they do at all large shows, come in a wide range of experience levels. Fielding questions from “What is Fedora?” to the most detailed questions about the kernel — passed off to someone more experienced, of course — the range of questions and the ever-increasing number of people reflect that FOSS is gaining a healthy glow in the grand scheme of things.

Best SWAG: Overall, the SWAG at the event has been good. Three items stand out and I’ll rank them from third to first. Finishing third would be the Firehost playing cards, and you might ask why the Firehost toilet paper wouldn’t rank until you actually used it (nice idea, bad execution, Firehost).

Finishing second, and most would consider this the winner, would be the tattoo sleeves from Rackspace. You put this sleeve on your arm and, assuming you’re skin tone is a range of pink to white, you have an arm covered with Rackspace tattoos.

The best swag of the event goes to Chisimba, a South African outlet at the show. Since South Africa just hosted the World Cup, they brought Chisimba.com vuvuzelas. Orange vuvuzelas.

And now we’re off to meet the wizard: The one person who always makes OSCON work for us — the one who pulls administrative rabbits out of hats and who is a textbook go-to person — would be O’Reilly’s May Munji. Thanks, May, for making the shows a great experience for those of us toiling in the booth trenches.

Tomorrow: The OSCON epilogues.

[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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  1. July 23, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks for ranking our swag. 🙂

    I must say that the TP quality was mandated by the OCC. So if our sponsorship wouldn’t have been involved, the quality would have been the same. Great event though.

    Chris Drake – CEO
    FireHost Inc.

    • July 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      Hey, Chris — Loved the playing cards; using them, even. Again, the only problem I had with the TP — which I used at the show since they were in the bathrooms (nice coup to get the venue to do that, by the way) — was that it was a tad rough, which I’m told by other sources as well that for printing purposes might not have been helped. But great outside-the-box thinking, anyway.

  2. February 2, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Glad you enjoyed our chisimba.com vuvzelas! Sorry for the late comment, but only saw this now…

    Next year, we will aim to impress once again. We kinda pride ourselves on our swag 😉

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