[Ambassadors] Re: [Fedora-marketing-list] Ohio Linux Fest 2006 Summary

Thomas Chung tchung at fedoraproject.org
Tue Oct 3 08:48:07 UTC 2006

On 10/2/06, Jeffrey Tadlock <linux at elfshadow.net> wrote:
> The Ohio Linux Fest held this past Saturday, September 30th was a great
> success!  The booth came together very nicely - we had Fedora T-Shirts,
> Stickers, Core 5 DVDs and informational handouts available at the booth.
>   There were three of us primarily working the booth - Joe Connelly and
> Brian Pepple.  Tom "Spot" Callaway was also there, originally to hang
> out with us at the Fedora booth, but ended up working the Red Hat booth
> right next to us - though he was still a great help to us.
> The announced crowd was just over 1200 people, between presentations the
> aisles were quite packed.  Our booth saw lots of foot traffic with
> people ranging from new to Linux to having used it since Red Hat 6.x or
> earlier and wondering what Fedora was up to.
> Nearly all comments were favorable to Fedora, many people were running
> Fedora in some fashion - either on their own PCs or on servers for
> businesses they worked for.  There were a few recurring questions
> through the day, some of which where:
> * Yum is slow was one of the complaints we kept hearing.  It was a
> pleasure to let people know that there was an updated yum in Core 6 that
> was aimed at taking on any speed issues.
> * I had several questions regarding the Fedora Directory Server - mainly
> in regards to features it offered.  There certainly seems to be interest
> in this.
> * We heard what I thought to be a number of comments alluding to an
> animosity between the Fedora Project and Red Hat.  I am not quite sure
> why that thought is out there.
> * There were several questions about who we worked for, etc.  It was
> nice to reply with we were just members of the Fedora Project community
> helping out.  I think it really helped reinforce that there is a lot of
> room for community involvement in the project.
> * And of course there were lots of when is Core 6 coming out and what
> new features will be in it.
> Later in the afternoon we also had a "Birds of a Feather" session.  Tom
> Callaway was there and was an excellent and knowledgeable speaker and it
> was great to have him there.  Some of the items brought up were Fedora
> and multimedia (mp3's, DVD playback, etc), Xen and virtualization and
> new features and improvements in Core 6.
> All in all it was a great show.  Lots of fun for everyone involved I
> think.  I was very happy with how the booth turned out and I think
> Fedora was very well represented there.  I want to thank all the people
> that helped get me the materials and information I needed for this event
> - including Max and David Barzilay.
> And last but not least, here are some of the pictures from the show (I
> may be adding more as I receive them from the others):
> http://www.elfshadow.net/ohiolinuxfest2006/
> --Jeffrey

Excellent report!
If possible, please post your report to your event wiki page[1] or
link to your email report[2].
[1] http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedoraEvents/OhioLinuxFest
[2] http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-ambassadors-list/2006-October/msg00015.html
Thomas Chung

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