||[Feb. 25th, 2007|04:27 am]
The latest in my string of FOSDEM reports.
When I last checked in, the first CentOS talk was starting -- the "Introduction to CentOS". It was a good talk. When folks started asking questions at the end about CentOS vs. Fedora vs. RHEL, I think that everyone in the room did a really good, and really honest job of talking about the differences between the three distros, and how they each have the opportunity to serve a fairly distinct market. It's up to the user (with our help) to figure out which distro best serves their needs, and go with it.
Shortly after this talk concluded, back in the booth, we sold a Fedora Core 6 PPC DVD. You read that right -- a person gave us 2 Euros, and we gave him a PPC DVD. I have photographic evidence of this transaction.
Chitlesh kicked off the Fedora sessions with his "Introduction to Fedora" talk. I was riding shotgun -- jumping in from time to time to add more information or fill in some gaps. The talk went really well. We covered the basics of what the Fedora mission is, as well as the community goals of Fedora, and a little bit of what to expect out of Fedora in the future. In about 20 minutes I'm going to give my solo talk which will really go into Fedora's 2007 plans. But anyway, Chitlesh did a great job with the slides and his talk -- there were more than 50 people in the room listening.
We did a pretty good job moving shirts, DVDs, etc. We were asking for donations, and we brought in enough Euros to help with some of the travel costs that our European Ambassadors incur, cover some of the taxi rides, etc. Basically just make the total cost of FOSDEM a little bit less than it would be otherwise. It also proves, I think, to the European Ambassadors, that it is possible to generate a little bit of revenue with the swag, and so in the future they'll be able to have their other events be a bit more self-sufficient.
We had a guy come by our booth complaining that he had been "banned from Fedora". When we actually got him to show us the website that he was banned from, it was www.fc64.org, which none of us had ever even heard of. We explained to him that it was an unofficial Fedora site, and we couldn't help him. But spot did spend a while talking to him about Fedora and VMWare.
That pretty much covered the high points of FOSDEM's first day. I took all of the Fedora Ambassadors/contributors/hangers-on out to dinner after FOSDEM -- these folks give us so much of their time and energy throughout the year, the least I can do is buy them a good meal once a year when I'm in their area. We ended up at a nice little French restaurant.
Three funny stories here:
(1) The restaurant was empty except for one other couple, having a nice romantic dinner. I felt bad that we had brought a bunch of computer folks into the middle of their dinner, and so I grabbed Chitlesh (who speaks French) and we went over to apologize. Fortunately, the couple happened to speak English, and so I apologized profusely for intruding on their meal and offered to buy them a bottle of wine. They couldn't have been nicer -- not only would they not accept any wine, they asked me a few questions about where we were from and what we were doing, and they were amazed that several of the folks here had been working together for years, but had never met each other before yesterday.
(2) The owner of the restaurant was scared, at first, of having to serve so many people. But by the end of the dinner when I went over to thank him for accomodating us, he told me that we could "come to his restaurant every day". So that went well.
(3) About 8 people (including myself) ordered a dish called "steak tartare" which was a reasonably priced dish with the word "steak" in it. We were expecting, you know, a piece of cooked meat. We ended up with some sort of uncooked steak salad kind of thing. It was amusing, to say the least. But lesson learned.
After dinner, the group split up -- we talked about some of the plans for LinuxTag on the way back to the hotel, and setting that event up as the "European Launch" of Fedora 7, since it will occur about a week after our currently scheduled launch date.
Just another standard day at the booth. I give my Fedora talk in 10 minutes, so I have to wrap this up.
We're also going to sit down with the OpenSuse folks, who wanted to chat with us, and I hope to have the opportunity for a longer talk with the CentOS guys this afternoon.