What would a trip report be without a story about how I did something stupid, nearly leading to personal disaster? Last month, I regaled you all with my tale of losing my Red Hat credit card for 24 hours, fortunately recovering it from the restaurant without any incidents or erroneous charges being made.
Yesterday's route from Prague to Chemnitz involved a train transfer in Dresden. Halfway from one train to the next, I realized that I only had my suitcase, and not my briefcase (containing my laptop, and everything I need to do my job). My heart stopped beating, and I sprinted back down the train tracks, and managed to recover my briefcase from the car just before the doors closed and it continued down the road to Berlin, where I could have picked it up at FUDCon. Disaster averted, but only just barely.
Clearly something has happened to my brain since I turned 29 that has impacted my ability to get from point A to point B without inadvertently leaving half my possessions behind.
Fast forward to the present, where I'm reporting live from day 1 of Chemnitzer Linux Tage 2009. This is my first trip to this event, and I have nothing but great things to say.
The energy at the event is fantastic -- it's a very strong community event -- similar to FOSDEM -- but in a much larger space, which allows for many more projects to have booth space, while also still running a large number of concurrent speaking tracks and workshops.
Joerg posted a picture of our booth, which has been busy all day. I've mostly left the booth duties to the German speakers, but I did help one guy get his USB key properly formatted for use with Linux, and I had a few other conversations with folks coming by the booth who spoke English.
We have a projector at the booth, which has been really great for showing people different Fedora web pages, and that I want to use at FUDCon Berlin and LinuxTag to direct people from our booth there to the various talks that we'll be giving in different locations.
As always, we have a fantastic crew of Ambassadors at this event: Joerg Simon is the leader of the event, and he has such a charismatic personality at the booth, it's a pleasure to watch him interact with people. Robert Scheck and Sven Lankes have been doing a great job at the booth, especially when I started to try to speak to someone, and then had to turn to them to take over for me in German! It has also been great to see Simon Wesp, and Jens Kuehnel again.
Christoph Wickert has probably been the busiest Fedora person today, because he is giving a talk about LXDE, as well as a workshop. Klaus Knopper mentioned LXDE & Fedora during his talk about Knoppix, and this triggered a rush of people to the Fedora booth who wanted demos. We even switched the window manager on the computer hooked up to our projector to LXDE, and the computer (which was quite old) started running much faster than it was previously, with KDE 4.x. I'm really pleased (both for Fedora and for Christoph personally) to see his hard work with the rest of the LXDE upstream paying off.
Aside from having our standard booth, speaking slots, and community folks here, the Fedora Project is an official sponsor of Chemnitzer Linux Tage, and I am pleased with this decision. It is an entirely volunteer-organized event, and the individual projects that want booths can get in for free. It is also one of the most well-organized events I have attended, and their organizational team deserves a lot of credit.
There is a small public computer cluster here that is running Scientific Linux, which is a Red Hat Enterprise Linux rebuild, and therefore downstream of Fedora.
I'm going to head back down to the booth now, attend a talk later, and the social event tonight. I give my talk on Sunday, and apparently I'm joining Joerg and others for a segment on Radio Tux.