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Re: FOSDEM: schedule, booth, and devroom volunteers



Hi,

Sorry for the very very very late reply to all of this; stuff
intervened, and then just when I wanted to post a reply, some router
decided to die on me, taking my mail server's internet link with it.
Grmbl.

Anyway:

On Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 06:39:23PM +0100, Axel Beckert wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> 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:
> 
>   http://www.perrier.eu.org/weblog/2008/01/29#sl2008-1

Heh. Perhaps :-)

(and it's not such a bad idea, actually.

> > 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.

I think I missed that. Sorry.

> 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.

This looks like an interesting idea, actually. If you could bring those
with something interesting installed on them, that would sound nice.

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

Hehe. Right.

> 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.

Well, at this point I haven't even received many offers to be at the
booth, anyway. I did receive offers to man the talk introduction thing
(too many, in fact, which is always good), so people: please speak up,
FOSDEM is in less than two weeks.

-- 
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