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The openSUSE Project had a community booth at LCA

LCA2011event report edit

  • LCA 2011 happened from mon 24 to sat 29 of Januari 2011.
  • Location: Brisbane, Australia
  • openSUSE Ambassadors: Jos Poortvliet, Tim Serong
  • Event Details
    • It is a well organized and quite professional conference. Biggest sponsors HP, IBM, Intel and Google. Budget about $700.000, entry fee from $60 to $600 (depending if you're student, hobbyist or professional and if you get early bird registration (50% off). There are about 1000 people there, mostly semi-regulars, few students. Most of them quite technical and experienced.
    • Arrived Tuesday night, Wednesday first day of the conference for me but the conf starts on Monday with small sessions.
  • results
    • At professional networking meeting got to talk to a few people, got one in contact with Bretzn team to talk about payment systems for openSUSE's appstore and someone else on OBS.
    • Attended talks, among others by Red Hat/Fedora ppl Learned about Koji and how it is about 5 lightyears behind on OBS :D
    • Got in contact with a few local (open)SUSE people, will try to help them to set up more of a community in AU.
    • Realized many people want to spread openSUSE but don't know how. They used to have local Novell contacts but those disappeared (layoffs, personnel changes) and now they're lost. I will try and get them motivated to become openSUSE ambassador. Need to expand our ambassador program, communicate it better and work with the local Novell/SUSE offices, integrate their work with local (open)SUSE people and the ambassador work! This is what Red Hat and Canonical do better.
    • Spoke with keynote speaker Mark Pesce, will try to get him as keynote speaker for Desktop Summit (if not maybe suse conf!)
    • Had a meeting with Fedora Project Lead. We discussed cross-distro collaboration. There will be a discussion panel on that on FOSDEM lead by him and the Debian project lead, I will join them.
  • Communication
    • Novell/SUSE was 'fairy penguin' sponsor (A$ 1500). This was noticed by a few people.
    • Blogged daily about LCA & other stuff (blog aggregated on an LCA planet) and tweeted several times. Also linked with Facebook.
    • Gave a 90 second lightning talk (24 slides about SUSE Studio) during the closing ceremony which earned me a t-shirt (winner best lightning talk). Resulted in ppl coming up to the booth all Saturday to say they would check out openSUSE and SUSE Studio (again)
    • Held a booth on Saturday together with Tim, local Novell/SUSE employee and openSUSE volunteer. Answered many questions.
    • Created 1 A4 poster with the marketing team to get geeks' interest, gave away about 40 and used it in booth area
    • Gave away 150 DVD's, rest is with 2 local openSUSE ppl now.
  • Conclusion
    • This conference is certainly worth going to but needs more marketing materials and more people, a team!

Common Questions Asked edit

  • openSUSE still alive? (answer: more than ever :D)
  • Why would I use openSUSE and not XXXX? (because we're cool, see A4 poster)
  • How is the takeover stuff doing for openSUSE? (see my interview with Jeff Hawn)

LCA2011 Resources edit

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