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Re: FOSDEM: schedule, booth, and devroom volunteers


On Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 11:55:46AM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> This will be the schedule for the FOSDEM Debian developers' room:

Fsck, what a bunch of interesting talks. Will be hard to find time for
other things. ;-)

> Additionally, we still need to organize something for the booth. I'd
> said previously that I'd prefer not to do a babelbox this year, because
> I thought we'd already done that twice[1];

Hmmm, sounds if there exist people who have a different opinion:



> but so far I've not heard any better suggestions (or any suggestions
> at all, really).

Ehm, it's not that I suggested something to replace babelbox, but at
least I made suggestion (nearly full quote below) about stuff to staff
the booth a week ago.

On Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 05:38:05PM +0100, Axel Beckert wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 06, 2008 at 01:50:47AM +0000, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> > > I should also note that it's been suggested that we don't turn the
> > > Debian booth into a pure T-shirt shop this time around, which
> > > makes sense.
> >
> > Yup, agreed. I'll have *some* with me if desired, of course. Any
> > suggestions or volunteers for demos yet?
> I can again bring my MicroClient Jr. (aka eBox 2300, 200 MHz Vortex86,
> MMX-compatible, 128 MB RAM, 100 GB HD, max. 15W consumption, see
> http://www.phys.ethz.ch/~abe/MicroClientJr/ for pictures and details
> in German) which I had with me already at last FOSDEM.
> This year I can additionally offer to bring a matching 8" touch screen
> and a floppy keyboard (swiss keyboard layout though). Unfortunately
> the touch screen drivers are not in Etch, but I got it working. (Don't
> know about Sid yet, but probably neither.)
> Additionally I can bring a MicroClientJr SX (aka eBox 2300 SX, 300 MHz
> Vortex86SX 486SX-compatible, 128 MB SD-RAM, 160 GB HD), which is
> slower than the box mentioned above, even with those 100 MHz more and
> the better RAM. Unfortunately Etch's X.org doesn't run on it because
> it doesn't seem to support 486(SX) although Etch is officially said to
> run on 486. It has currently a rebuilt and slightly patched X.org
> running. (Would probably need a screen for that one... Maybe a USB KVM
> switch also suffices.)
> Although there are some cons of the kind that both machines need
> things which are not in Debian, they also have some pros:
> + They don't take much booth space (especially not with the 8" flat
>   screen and the floppy keyboard. ;-)
> + People are amazed that a full-fledged Debian runs on such small and
>   low-end machines. (You don't want to have an Ubuntu running on them
>   though. ;-)
> + They are neat, cute and attract people to the booth. Geeks love
>   them. :-)
> + You can play Solitaire or Minesweeper with your fingers. :-)
> + tarzeau can play nethack on them. ;-)
> Both currently run Etch, so I can promise to show Etch. But maybe I
> find time to make an additional Sid installation. Both have enough
> free disk space left.

Addition: They're probably not suitable for babelbox usage anyway
because of their speed. :-)

On Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 11:55:46AM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> If people have ideas of something we could show off this year,
> please speak up now;

See above.

I currently plan to hear talks on Sa 14-18 and Su 10-13, so I won't be
available for booth staffing during that time, but else may have time.

> Finally, I also need to figure out what to do with manning the
> booth. [...] At this point I'm considering to increase the time slot
> to two hours, but I'm not sure whether that will really solve the
> issue.

... which makes it harder to listen to a few talks for those who would
like to take over one or more shifts. Therefore I don't expect it to
do any good.

> At any rate, volunteers for the booth would be needed, and perhaps
> we can then work out something among those who volunteer to work at
> the booth. Interested parties are urged to mail me at
> wouter@debian.org

So you get a Cc this time, just to be sure. :)

On Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 03:50:56PM +0100, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> As for some passive decoration: I'll at least bring a large laminated
> "Mike Loves Debian" poster.

Cool! :-)

On Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 03:49:10PM +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
> So, if someone can provide a system and a (preferably not too small)
> monitor, I'll do the setup.

Besides speed, this is another reason why my hardware isn't a good
idea for babelbox. ;-)

		Regards, Axel
Axel Beckert - abe@deuxchevaux.org, abe@noone.org - http://noone.org/abe/

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