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ohio linux fest, and a little piece of fud [Sep. 30th, 2007|06:39 pm]
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We had a great day at Ohio Linux Fest. Jeff did a superb job as the point person for the booth, and it was great to see a bunch of Fedora folks in attendance.

Karlie gave a really interesting talk about how FOSS developers pay their bills, and apparently her kids had a good time playing with Seth's OLPC.

I was happy with the way my keynote speech went, and I received compliments from lots of people throughout the day. Drew Curtis of Fark was hilarious, and Bradley Kuhn's closing keynote was excellent. I'm glad he had the afternoon slot though -- I would not have enjoyed having to spend all day worried about giving my speech. Better to go first and be done with it. :)

There are at least two video recordings of my speech, one on a camcorder in my suitcase and one on a camcorder belonging to Friend of Fedora and fellow Raleigh-area resident Matt Frye. Assuming that one of them is of good enough quality to post, I will do so. I would enjoy having the larger Fedora community be able to see it.

Finally, I just wanted to send a quick hello out to Nayyar, who never made it to the show. Nayyar, I don't know exactly what the issues you had with your visa were, but I hope they weren't because of anything that we (meaning Red Hat) failed to do in the letter that we sent, etc. I'm sorry you didn't make it to the show. It would have been great to see you again (and there were quite a few people who told me they were interested in hearing your talk).


In other news, someone emailed me a link to an "article" written by a guy who, in his bio, tells people that he is a member of the Microsoft Featured Communities, whatever that is. I don't want to re-link to it and help its Google ranking, but he (a) refers to me as "Maxie", (b) calls me a "mouthpiece of the Fedora Project", and (c) calls the larger free software community a group of "Freetards" which is clearly offensive (both to the free software community and to anyone who knows a disabled person). Then the "article" closes with a link to the Microsoft Vista Subnet. Again, whatever that is.

It's kind of amusing to be swatted at by a guy on a website that claims to be the "independent voice of Microsoft customers".

The best part, of course, is the single comment in response to the article that can be summarized as follows: "Max is right and you are wrong".

From: (Anonymous)
2007-09-30 11:49 pm (UTC)

Ohio Linux Fest

I enjoyed meeting you and i did enjoy your talk and helping at the Fedora booth

Ben Williams
Fedora Ambassador
Fedora Unity Contributor
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[User Picture]From: spevack
2007-10-01 12:02 am (UTC)

Re: Ohio Linux Fest

It was great to meet you too, Ben. I hope our paths cross again IRL. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-09-30 11:53 pm (UTC)
ps The Battleaxe says "you need to learn to knit";)

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[User Picture]From: spot
2007-10-01 12:37 am (UTC)
Fedora shirt:

Certified Freenius

On the back:

Picture of a short bus, license plate "VISTA", side of the bus says "Microsoft Featured Community Schools"
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[User Picture]From: spot
2007-10-01 12:38 am (UTC)
(Fedora logo on the front)
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-10-01 12:51 am (UTC)

Thanks for Supporting Us!

On behalf of the entire Ohio Linuxfest planning group, I wanted to extend our gratitude for your keynote speech at OLF this year. Your talk was fantastic, right on target and set a great tone for the rest of the conference. After we recuperate and hire some starving students to enter all of the feedback data, we'll send along the information. Thank you to you and the entire Fedora team for helping to make our fifth anniversary an incredible event!

Gregory J. Boehnlein
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-10-01 02:06 pm (UTC)

I want the t-shirt...

"Max is right and you are wrong"

(fedora logo)

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From: whoz_yo_momma
2007-10-02 08:45 pm (UTC)

Me Too

Order two tees for me -- one medium and one extra large.
And a cap for bad hair days.
Very cool.

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From: (Anonymous)
2007-10-01 08:00 pm (UTC)


Mr. Spevack,

I just wanted to pop in and let you know how much I enjoyed your keynote at the OLF. I was a little worried when I first read the description, but I think your last minute decision to change the topic worked out wonderfully. Your talk was really enjoyable and enlightening. I can also say that it was inspiring.

I haven't been a Fedora guy in the past, but with a guy like you in charge, I have to try it now =)

Thanks and keep up the good work,
Lonnie Bowe
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[User Picture]From: colindean
2007-10-02 01:02 am (UTC)


Excellent talk, Max. I enjoyed it.

Colin Dean
Writer, ThinkComputers.org
Staff, Pittsburgh LAN Coalition
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[User Picture]From: nicubunulj
2007-10-02 06:09 am (UTC)

link to the article

You can link to that "article" and don't give any Google juice by using rel="nofollow"
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