Some of Fedora ambassadors are meeting in Hanoi to discuss about topics:
* APAC budget in FY2015 (until Feb 2015)
* Fedora Events and Activities in APAC in FY2015 (until Feb 2015)
* Swag/media produce and distribution in APAC
* Better collaborating in APAC
If you would like to join, please go to the #fedora-apac IRC channel.
The last week of this month, we are having Pycon India in
Bangalore. AFAIK, there will be quite a few Fedora folks coming to
Pycon. So, I propose to have a Fedora meetup during some free time at
Pycon India itself.
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Please review the following report in text mode, full report with photos
is located at
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FOSSNETCON_2014 or my wordpress report
Free and Open Source Software Expo and Technology Conference FOSSETCON
Event; FOSSETCON (Free and Open Source Software Expo and Technology
Conference) September 11^th through 13^th
Location; Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando Florida
Ambassadors; Andrew Ward(award3535(a)fedoraproject.org
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>), Julie Ward
Day 1 Training day no exposition
Day 2 Expo hall opened 1030 – 5pm
Day 2 Expo Hall opened 1110 – 5pm
The first day was reserved for training only for those who were
attending as training; no EXPO booths were open that day.
We arrived at the Rosen Plaza for the event at 0700 am on Friday to
setup the booth. We arrived early to field any problems
that may have presented during the drive to Orlando or with the expo
hall. Julie commenced setting up the table while I unloaded
the vehicle. We noticed that the booth was sufficient enough for only
two people to sit behind the table. Everything conveniently
fit under the table without a problem. Sufficient power feeds were
present and ready for use. We did not experience any difficulty
with the set up or area. The Fedora booth was located directly across
from the Red Hat booth and just to our right with CentOS.
We owned the corner.
There was only one expo hall for the conference. This is the first since
2009 in the area and the event coordinators first planning
one altogether. The area had ample support for everyone that was
present. As with any new event there is always going to be some
difficulty with equipment, rooms, or scheduling. We also had showed up
early enough to get checked in with the event staff and get
our registration taken care of. That is where we met our first hurdle.
They had difficulty in getting the badges to print. Seems like they
only have two machines that could print, one was being set up in the
keynote room, the other no one could log into. Minor difficulty
and it was something we could live without, eventually, the system was
able to get our badges to us and get us checked in for attendance.
We were ready to go at 9 am on the first day and already had some of the
other booth’s exhibitor’s show up at our booth.
They were really glad to see us there and had questions for us right
away. There were not a lot of O/S booths in attendance.
Ours, CentOS and Ubuntu were in attendance, as well as some of the other
folks we normally see in the area Omnibond, HP Open
source, Free BSD just to name a few. As we got rolling, John Dulaney
showed up to help out with the booth. We had our standard
run of swag stickers, pens, case badges, and I had a few Beefy
Miracles left to hand out (they were quite popular). I also had a few
other items that I handed out to those who were truly interested in
Fedora and what Fedora does for them. I gave out about 20 USB
Key’s to those who were really interested in our product. The first day
proved to be quite busy for all three of us at the booth answering
question and handing out media. Also as usual, the OLPC was running and
drew lots of attention; there were several questions on how
to get one. The Think pad was also set up to show the different versions
of desktops Fedora provides with the Multi-DVD. It also proved
useful in the acceptance of what we do. I gave out one full box of media
on the first day, and about another third of the other box on the
second day. Many of the people that stopped by the booth were unaware of
the other spins available from our website. This alarmed me in
the fact that there are many uses for the Security Spin. I use the
security spin for my personal business in looking at how secure small
business’ are and what they can do to improve. They were also unaware of
the media (graphic), JAM, and the Electronics lab Spins.
This is an area I think we as ambassadors could improve in. There is no
promotional media or fliers that would help us at the events.
I plan on using another of my personal laptops to load one of the less
known spins to promote more options. After a busy day,
the booth slowed down to a crawl after the afternoon break, we closed
up shop at 5pm.
On the second Day, the EXPO hall did not open until 1110. We were ready
to go at 10am. Although the hall was not open (publically)
people still showed up and we were ready to help and distribute Fedora.
No one else was there except the CentOS folks. I guess during
that time we had the corner on the market. The second day was slower
than the previous day but it had its advantages. We had some
repeat individuals that had more questions about other issues that they
were seeing on the install. Nothing that we couldn’t handle there
at the booth. Throughout the second day we noticed that there was not
any really new individuals there, a few but not as many as expected.
Our Red Hat Folks had talks on the second day and we had some
conversations with them on how they felt the conference went. They were
a little disappointed with the equipment issues that presented
themselves during talks. Frustration on not having things work the way it
should have to begin with. Bugs and Gremlins are always present and
hopefully the next year they will have them all worked out to make
for a smoother running conference. I had had a conversation with the
event coordinator with the plus side and the down side of what
was going on. I discussed the Hotel and equipment issues briefly. The
hotel could not have been more accommodating; there were available
snacks and drinks in a small on property quick mart, full restaurants,
fast food, and a mini coffee shop. The accommodations were more than
satisfactory (in fact pretty darn good) for a very reasonable price.
This conference I tried a few different ideas on how to gather
information on what users want out of Fedora and anything they would
see in the operating system. I used a simple note book to have people
write down how they felt about the software and asked if they would
write down their email address so that we could get back to them on what
they inquire, statements, or wish list/requests.
Here are the ones that volunteered to participate;
Christopher Griffith (christopher.e.griffith(a)gmail.com
<mailto:email@example.com>) Referencing GNOME 3.X
“For GNOME 3.X I would like to keep it just as it is”
This individual was quite pleased in our use of GNOME
Michael Schultheiss (schultmc(a)cinlug.org <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>)
“ I would like Broadcom Wireless Cards to work out of the box”
This person was quite frustrated with how Broadcom wireless requires
Stephan Gross (stephangrossb(a)gmail.com <mailto:email@example.com>)
“I love Fedora 20, Would love to see more integration with Open- box”
I had a great conversation with this person, he was quite happy with our
Adnan Raja (araja(a)atlantic.net <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>)
“We provide Fedora as an O/S on our cloud www.altantic.net
<http://www.altantic.net/>, we would like to be listed on the Fedora
Adnan is the director for Business Development for Atlantic.Net hosting
solutions. This one I will have to kick to our legal team.
Aaron Honeycutt (aaronhoneycutt(a)kubuntu.org
“We need Flash! Options to install non-free if we wish”
I answered this on the spot, this user was unaware that you could
install Adobe Flash and that they offered the software in various
formats for linux, i.e. rpm, and tar. We discussed this further, and the
issue was that the request was to have it part of the base installs
and that it should work after the first start up. We discussed the legal
and license process and how that effects what is included in the O/S.
Chris Crisafulli (itnet7(a)ubuntu.com <mailto:email@example.com>)
“Citrix Leacuent easier installation packages that can do better SSL
This person had some difficulty in citrix installations with Fedora, I
tried to get the specific information but could not get the details
on what he was having specific problems on.
Thomas Michrud (Thomas.michrud(a)gmail.com
“Data base package easier for users than RPMs? And a Larger selction?”
I had to kick this one to our package teams, I think he was looking for
an integration solution for CHEF
Samuel GreenFeld (Samuel@greenfeld.org/greenfeld(a)laptop.org
I would like to extend a special Thank YOU to this individual. We spent
some time talking about the OLPC. Since this person had
worked for the company that made the unit, he inspected ours and said he
would be back. When he came back he donated a
new battery for the unit and updated XO to 13.2.1 release (Fedora 18).
He also showed us the new product the company had
produced, he still preferred the OLPC over the tablet.
Summary. The event overall was productive and informative. We feel that
the event will only grow to a larger event if the coordinators
can reach out to the surrounding larger cities such as Tampa, Miami,
West Palm Beach/Ft Lauderdale, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville areas.
These larger areas in fact do have a large Linux community and would
probably travel if the correct advertising and reaching out to local
Lugs is achieved. We will definitely attend the next FOSSETCON. Here is
the pro’s and con’s of the event.
EXPO area to open earlier and possibly larger booth areas
More incentive to attract everyday users (door prizes, drawings)
WiFi (little slow)
Cost for attendance for attendees (may want to drop the price)
Resort and location (clean, fair pricing, and parking)
Availability of food and restaurants on and off site
Booth setup and amenities
Event Staff friendly and helpful
Communications (event staff) Had answers for questions or problems.
A laptop backpack
Lanyards for work name tags
And also stickers (those small ones like Windows put on laptops)
On 17 Sep 2014 20:38, Paul Mellors <prjmellors(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello All
> Wow, that's fab news, I can see these being of interest, the obvious ones I think
> Mouse Mats
> Laptop Rucksack [ I did want a RedHat one of these, but I can't see it now on the Cool Stuff Store]
> etc etc
> Paul [MooDoo]
> On 17 September 2014 18:27, Ruth Suehle <rsuehle(a)redhat.com> wrote:
>> Yes! You read the subject line correctly! We are much closer now to being able to have an online store stocked with Fedora goods. I just need some input on what we stock it with, as we'll be responsible for things that don't sell. We're only able to stock 4-6 items to start with. A few questions:
>> - What types of items are you most interested in having in the store? Think about price points, shipping weight, etc. Here's the Red Hat store if you need some inspiration: https://redhat.corpmerchandise.com
>> - Is it worth "using up" one of the items we can stock for small things like pens or stickers that are frequently acquired at conferences, or do you think there are a lot of people who never make it to conferences who would want to buy those things online?
>> - I assume at least one item will be a t-shirt. Do you want a simple shirt with the Fedora logo on it, more of a shirt design we already have, or do you want us to go to the design team and have them work on something specifically for this purpose?
>> ambassadors mailing list
I filed a ticket to ask this but hadn't gotten any feedback yet, so I thought I'd try the list. I am trying to compile a list of swag vendors (specifically for printing t-shirts, but also in general) that I could have on hand both for Fedora but also for other OSAS projects when we have events in Europe. I know lots of US vendors, but when we have European conferences, it's often handy to have things made there. Let me know who you recommend. Right now I'm specifically interested in having things made for events in Dusseldorf and Barcelona, but I'd love as many as you can contribute that you know we've used successfully in the past.