Southeast Linux Fest 2016

Southeast Linux Fest 2016 10-12 June 2016
The event was located in the Sheraton by the Airport Charlotte NC. As expected the booth location was the same as the previous years while at this venue. Booth placement plays a vital role in visibility and accessibility, thus when presentations were finished the attendees would come out and the first booth that is visible was Fedora.

Attending Ambassadors; Ben Williams (kk4ewt) event owner, Cathy Williams (cewillia), Andrew Ward (award3535), Julie Ward (jward78), Nick Bebout (nb), Hal Leggette (aelaric), Striker Leggette (strikerttd). Corey Sheldon (linuxmodder) was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

Day 1, 10 June
Our day started with the setup of the booth prior to the opening of the expo. Ben Williams had already set the table cloth and banners up the night before and scoped out the venue for the next day’s events. Julie and I showed up at 8 a.m. to get things rolling along with Ben and Cathy Williams. The booth was prepared and ready to go by 8:30 a.m. Shortly after the booth was ready, Ben and I began the strategy for the day and what needed to be accomplished. The most important item that needs to get accomplished was media production. We decided to commence producing a master copy of Workstation, KDE, LXDE, Cinnamon, XFCE, and Mate, once the media master was produced, we verified the media and its operability. I wish to thank Red Hat and Remy Decausemaker for the purchase of the duplicator and blank media, what a fantastic tool and great help to Fedora. Once the media was verified, Julie began using the duplicator producing media for distribution from our table. She first began with Workstation, producing 25 copies with 20 minutes, then moved on to KDE, LXDE, XFCE, Cinnamon, and Mate. Once patrons and event enthusiasts began showing up we were ready with enough media to get started. Julie continued to produce media for the table by tracking the spins that were leaving the table with interested patrons. To our surprise on the first day the popular media was Cinnamon and Mate. Julie must have produced 100 copies of Mate and 50 Cinnamon that left the table. Workstation and KDE were also popular and leaving the table as well. Julie continued to produce media throughout the entire day. Normally we have media that is produced and packaged for these types of events but due to the forth coming release of Fedora 24 we were uncertain on the release prior to the event. As it turned out F24 was not released and ready for our event. Southeast Linux Fest has always been scheduled close to the release cycle of Fedora, so there always has been a decision for us to either bring/produce previous release or produce new released Fedora. Just the day before we had the release information of No-Go for F24, so we then realized that we would be producing F23 media.
Also something we tried differently was to produce a few copies of KDE, XFCE, LXDE, etc…. and have that media available as well. That decision in my opinion was a success. For example we always have individuals that come up to our table and ask for Fedora KDE and all we had was Workstation, we would gladly produce a DVD or if they carried a USB create the media for them on the spot. Thus having a few copies on the table was a HUGE success. Also we had several patrons ask if they could take one of each to that they could try them at home and see what the rest of the family would like to use. This type of situation provided great opportunity in spreading Fedora into more homes and the community was successfully accomplished.

Cathy Williams comments on the Yarn Crawl;
The knitting track seemed to be a big hit. Remi, the owner of Charlotte Yarns was on hand with yarns to purchase and the kits for them learn how to knit, the magic loop and the Tardis sock/chart classes. We had a few come in just to shop which was great. Carrie Stokes and I taught 9 people to knit. Sandy of Charlotte Yarns taught 5 people the magic loop technique, I taught about 4 people to read a knitting chart and on Sunday Nicole Tobias taught lace and how to block your work to about 6 people.

We shut down the table at 5 p.m. and locked up the event box in the storage room until the next day.
Day 2, 11 June
Day two began with booth set up at 8 a.m. We noticed that the media we had left on the table after we shut down for the previous night had gone down significantly. The expo hall schedule closes at 5 p.m. The schedule showed that the last set of talks we ongoing until 5:30 p.m. with some event sponsor gatherings ongoing until approximately 8 p.m. So leaving some media on the table overnight also proved to be successful in distributing Fedora. Julie immediately began to produce more media with the duplicator, restocking the spins that were low. The event began to pick up around 8:50 a.m. with the Keynote and first set of speakers kicking off the second day of the event.
Although the day started off slower than the previous day, we still went through quite a bit of media. As the previous day also pointed out the same we all noticed that the interest was not focused on Workstation but had a wide variety of interest in the other spins. Nick pointed out that even the hard core Ubuntu folks became more interested in the other desktops Fedora provided as he talked to individuals throughout the day.
One of the high points of the day was when a young Ladd (about 7 years old) walked up to the OLPC and began using it. He was truly fascinated with what it could do. With his father standing in the background he asked if this was available outside of the OLPC. I then demonstrated the SOAS on the demonstration laptop with the updated media. Once the media ran up and we got to his age group, you could see the amazement and joy with what he was doing. His father asked if we could get them a copy of the media. Ben was already on it, and had them me back in about 20 minutes and it would be ready. We they returned the SOAS was ready and we asked if there was anything else we could produce media wise and any other questions that you may have. Truly and interested individual and the next generation of Linux users had begun.

Throughout the day Ben had been collecting registration for the Amateur Radio exam and preparing for his talk on the same subject. To his surprise there were more attendees this year than the previous year. If I remember there were 30 registered to take the exam that day. Nick was also busy preparing for his talk and the key signing event scheduled later that evening.
During the day we fielded a lot of questions regarding installation, dual boot, and UEFI. We did experience one load problem with and interested Linux enthusiast. Ben was assisting with a loading problem with a new laptop in loading any version of Fedora. A new ASUS with Skylake and NVidia video proved to be a difficult adventure. He tried all versions and the only one that seemed to work. Ben tried creating special media with the drivers loaded so that the PC would at least run the live media. Ben was determined to figure out the issue but ran out of time, and I believe that he is still helping the individual get through this problem.
During both days the ever popular 3D printing demonstration at the Red Hat table presented by Tom Calloway (spot) always draws the attention of all ages.

As they day began to wear down, Nick was preparing for the Keying sighing as well as Ben preparing for the Amateur Radio Exam that was at 5:15 p.m. Fedora Booth was shut down at 5 p.m.
Day 3, 12 June
Normally on the third day of this event most of the vendors have already packed up the night before, but there were a significant number that did not leave. That morning there were a few more talks scheduled and a few more that day. The expo was only scheduled to be open until 3 p.m. The morning began with a few visitors and steadily increased until about noon. Most of the vendors then began to pack up for the event. We decided to stay open and did not shut down until 2 p.m. We all believe that the event was again successful for Fedora and overall successful for all attendees. As always I have a questionnaire that I have visitors fill out if they so desire. This tool also gives me an opportunity to recruit new interested people to help us out with the project. Most individuals don’t realize just how vast the project is and how they would be able to contribute. I will generate and submit a separate report for those specific questionnaires.
———Ben Williams’ Corner——–
We had several people complaining about the following issues:
a) Bluetooth not working (pointed them to the current bugzilla issues with Bluetooth
b) One Gentleman’s brightness keys would not work; we tried several things to troubleshoot
1) boot with a updated F23 Live– brightness keys worked
2) boot with a F24 live iso and brightness keys worked
Result: recommended that he remove the kernel-debug and test, handed my Business Card and have not heard anymore from him.
My Talk was listed in the Program as Hamming it up, but my Title was Amateur Radio -Past-Present & Future. I was pleasantly surprised that my first talk had 50-75 attendees.
I was also involved in registration and Administration of the Amateur Radio Exam on Friday Night. We had about 45 register for the exam and 25 showed up to take said exams, The Results we ended up 8 people earn the Technicians License, 3 earned the General Class License and 1 person passed the Extra Class Exam.
As always Southeast Linuxfest is a great show that I completely enjoy and I enjoy representing Fedora at such Linuxfest.

In summary; as usual the event was popular, informative, exciting, and as an Ambassadors we all enjoyed interacting with people and their professions. For metric purposes here is some data;
420 DVD Media distributed during the event of various spins
Talks were very well liked and informative
5 USB keys with F23 Workstation given out to genuinely interested individuals
1 SOAS produced for a very enthusiastic Ladd
Numerous GPC keys signed during the signing party

Southeast Linux Fest Event Comments;
– Well scheduled and coordinated always a pleasure to attend and work with such fantastic staff
– Hospitality rooms well stocked and a wide variety of snacks and drinks available to Sponsors and Vendors.
– Lunch was provided by SELF Staff for sponsors and vendors on Saturday and Sunday, an unexpected and welcomed benefit.
– Power and Connectivity was good.
– There was more than adequate storage and locked storage space.
– Scheduling was very efficient and supportive.
– In light of Venue problems Event Coordinator handled situations efficiently and professionally.
Venue (Sheraton Hotel) Comments;
– Most of the area outside the event rooms and venue were under construction and made it difficult to move items in and out of the event area.
– Other meetings and events were over scheduled into the area causing the event coordinators to move several talks and events out of rooms to other parts of the hotel, very UNPROFESSIONAL on the Sheraton’s part. This effected two events Fedora Ambassadors we speakers and examiners.
– Sponsor BBQ (customer paid event) catering was 90 minutes late delaying the event past scheduled times.
– Venue was trying to push the event out earlier than expected on Saturday/Sunday very UNPROFESSIONAL
Attending Sponsors and Vendors Comments;
– All were professional and helpful (including the Ubuntu folks)
– Platform and company information was readily available and accessible
– A wide variety of vendors that included data services, cloud services

Andrew Ward and Julie Ward (award3535/jward78)
Fedora Ambassadors

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Ohio Linux Fest 2015

Ohio Linux Fest Columbus OH
2-3 October 2015

This is an annual event we all enjoy attending as ambassadors. Although the expo is only open for one day we all thoroughly enjoy. This year we have sufficient Ambassador Coverage. Attending ambassadors for this event included Ben Williams, Cathy Williams, Jamie Williams, Andrew Ward, and Julie Ward. The event was scheduled for two days, day one contained various talks and lectures and, day two reserved for talks and expo hall exhibits.
Ben, Cathy, and Jamie arrived Friday afternoon to scope the location and event venue out prior to the main event the next day. Andrew and Julie arrived the morning of the event to set up and commence the day’s events. The event was located in the Greater Columbus Center downtown Columbus Ohio. The official expo hall booth was scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Although the expo hall did not officially open until 9 a.m. we were set up and ready to go by 8 a.m. As usual even though the expo hall was not open until 9 a.m. we had customers already stopping by the booth taking media and asking questions. We came prepared with plenty of media and a small selection of swag which included some pens, stickers and case badges. We held off handing out the T shirts until about 2 p.m. We also had a few ball caps left that went to those who were enthusiastic about our product.
Once the day got started we saw a slow and steady increase of visitors to our booth. During the first sessions of talks showed a few more visitors waiting for later talks were hanging around the expo hall and steadily increased as the day went on. This event usually draws a large crowd and has a loyal showing of some usual visitors that we see year after year. Every event that I have been to, it seems that the OLPC draws some attention, in fact a lot of attention. Most visitors are not aware of what is actually running on the OLPC until we explain the parameters and installed software. Several of the visitors inquired on how to get one of the OLPC’s.
Throughout the day the questions that we fielded were unique and differed from some of the other events I have attended. We received many of the usual questions that concern what’s new with Fedora, and why should I use Fedora were some of the usual questions that we all answered during the event. But one did stick out with me and the group. One visitor asked tell me why I should use Fedora over what I am already using. That question struck me that it was similar to the one we always get of why should I use Fedora. But the lead in question carried a different tone and began simple soon turned to a complicated and one sided question. Once we found out what the visitor was using as an operating system it became clear where this was heading. The individual was currently using Ubuntu and was very set in with what they had in place. I could see that this was going to be a difficult sell to get our product in their hand. Once we had got the actual reason why this individual was asking particularly difficult questions. We soon discovered that the person had become unhappy with the desktop environment he was currently using and was canvassing for a new operating system. We then began with the four foundations. Freedom was our selling point, since we offer more desktop environments than those of our competitors. Once we had this person’s ear, we began with choices and showed the various desktops available. We also demonstrated the spins available such as the Fedora labs, and demonstrated that there were various options in design, scientific and security as well. In return we asked does your current operating system offer such a wide variety, the Freedom foundation is the basis for choice and Features drove many talking points with what is available in each spin. Then we got into the First of our four foundations, leading the way for our community. Friends were our final talking point with helping each other in solving problems. Once explained that if you need help there is a vast knowledge base that is accessible through many chat rooms, ask Fedora, and the vast array of mailing lists to get help. This person did pick up one of our media DVD’s before leaving the table. If we were successful in showing this individual that there was more to offer and do with our product, we were successful in our job as an ambassadors.
The usual amount of questions for those who were already Fedora users did ask some interesting questions. In particular we were asked what the future was for Fedora. Our answer is that we were going to continue setting the example for all the others and lead.
We did manage to get some media to educational organizations during the event. A total of 3 boxes were given to three different educational organizations before the day was out. Most of our swag, T Shirts and media were gone by 430 p.m.
After a long day of talking to people, we wrapped up the event giving away approximately 300 DVD’s, 3 boxes (450 pieces) of Media for education, about 2 hundred stickers, 100 case badges, and a whole lot of Fedora knowledge.

The event drew a fairly good crowd. I believe that throughout the day we had anywhere from 700 to 900 visit the event. The crowd did seem a little smaller than last year, and the venue was limited to one section down from the two we had the previous year. Even though smaller, the opportunity to spend more time in a one on one with people visiting the booth allowed us to explore and promote Fedora.
Some of the sponsors that were also present; HP, Expedient, SUSE, IBM, TekSystems, Pogo, FreeBSD, and Think Penguin. Fedora was represented with a vast diverse range of experience from novice to expert that really helped demonstrate the ease in which an everyday users showed they could use the applications with no issues to the experienced command line and terminal users.
I believe the Ohio Linux Fest was a complete and informative event for both linux enthusiasts and the novice computer user wanting a change from the windows environment.

Ohio Linux Fest Columbus OH

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Ohio Linux Fest PDF report

The report here contains some pictures

OLF report

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Ohio Linux Fest October 24-26, 2014 Columbus Ohio

Ohio Linux Festival, Columbus Ohio Oct 24-26, Greater Columbus Convention Center Main Venue section D.

Fedora Ambassadors report for Andrew Ward (award3535) and Julie Ward (jward78)

We arrived at the Drury Friday afternoon and got settled into the room. We then checked on the event and got our registration stuff all taken care off that afternoon. I checked out where we needed to set up. We had the table right next to the Red Hat table. We were in a good location at the end or the isle for easy access for everyone to get to. This weekend the weather was good and there was not a cloud in the sky. We were hoping for a busy day on Saturday.

We got down to the venue at 0730 to get started on setting up. We were shortly joined by the Red Hat Folks and we were all set up by 815. We noticed that while we were getting set up that there were already a lot of people walking around waiting on the first talk session. There were almost no one there yet except us, Red Hat, and the BSD people. This proved to be a great advantage to get their attention. We didn’t have anything that flashed, nor did we have any big presentation boards, we only had the product and a few simple items. That was more than enough for us, between the presentation and questions that got answered we did more than was was needed to make some hard core Debian users at least try fedora. That was a 100 percent success to us. The first talk was scheduled for 9 a. m. and we were all set and ready to go, and to say, we did. From 9 a. m. until 4 p. m. The two of us were extremely busy. A special thanks goes to Ricky Elrod (from the Dayton Ohio area) for helping out at the booth with us, an unexpected positive surprise. I had not checked the event wiki page a few days prior to the event. We left on Thursday morning to head up to Ohio, and Ricky had updated and volunteered. A great many thanks to him.

By 930 a. m. the Fedora booth was about 4 deep waiting to get a look at our table. There was many questions posed to us about why should I switch from my current O/S, Ubuntu and Debian seemed to be the hard pressed distributions. Some individuals were very hard to discuss anything concerning Fedora, but if I got through to even one of them, I felt successful. What I found interesting was even though those few individuals who were hard to convince to a change to Fedora, they still picked up the free media anyway. There were other individuals (some of them those hard pressed Debian individuals) were also asking questions about Fedora were unaware of the other media available to them as well. \

The focus seemed to be on GNOME with the default was not what they were looking for, I then explained that there are many others available to them on the DVD or for down load that included KDE, LXDE, and XFCE. That surely got their attention, so I presented that they should try it before making a judgment call on Fedora. That was enough to get those individuals to pick up the multimedia DVD. Again success in getting the word out to others about the diversity of the product we offer.

The morning was going by so fast, we both felt exhausted by 1030 a. m. I had 300 multimedia DVDs that came with me and by 1030 a. m. they were all gone. Lucky Nick Bebout had mailed to boxes to us that arrived at 1145 a. m. In the mean time, the Linux Pro Magazine that featured Fedora to replace the old windows XP came in quite handy. The magazine included an in-depth look at the Fedora, and a installation guide for novice users. This was a wonderful tool for us to use, made great advantage with novice and mid range users, and which in turn we also handed out all of the magazines that we had. I believe that we had over 400 of the magazines and every one of them went. The last one left the table at 4 p. m. I also had approximately 40 USB Keys from the last two events, since I had no multimedia DVDs at the time I handed those out also turn out to be a hit at the table. I would ask a question along the nature of what they were currently using and why, I would then ask what would make it easier for them to at least try Fedora, I got a wide variety of answers but when they found that I would hand them a USB key, their attitude changed quite quickly. Even though they were happy with what they had, a simple USB Key turned things around.

One the resupply arrived, we went through another entire box that approximately contained 150.

Some of the other vendors in attendance was Chef, HP, Linode, POGO, the Local Ohio Python Group just to name a few.

Since the day began we were ready for anything that could be thrown at us, I believe the attendance was approximately 2000 if not more. Since before the booth opened we began to see a steady inflow of people. I can only speculate but here is what we believe that was given out, about 450 Multimedia DVD’s, 60 pens, over 500 stickers, 300 case badges, 200 small Fedora pin on buttons, 40 USB Keys, 60 t shirts, all of the LinuxPro Magazines (about 200 or so, maybe more)2 ball caps, 50 tattoos, and the last of the Beefy Miracles. For some reason our booth again seemed to be the most popular in-site. Julie noted that the more items that were on your table for presentation or the more SWAG definitely attracted more people to the tables. In this case she kept a stocked table ensuring that the attraction to the Fedora table continued.

Julie also noted that the facility did not provide enough trash receptacles throughout the venue. To get to a trash can we either had to leave the area or go to the other side where there was one trash can which half was dedicated to recycling materials.

Some of the questions that were asked about Fedora were quite common and some were not so obvious. For some people changing from what they are already using is not an easy task, but for others seamless. There were a few questions that concerned me but I believe they were answered. The most difficult question to answer came about the back support of previous releases. They did not want to be tied to a 12 month or so required upgrade. I pointed them out to our website and towards fedup. The biggest concern was the moving of data back and forth to satisfy new loads of the O/S. That seems to be the main concern of the faithful users of Fedora I spoke with. They were for the most part unaware that they did not need to keep moving data off the machine, but of course I recommended a back up prior to executing just to be safe. There were more than the fair share of “why should I change from my current O/S (Debian,Ubuntu) to Fedora”? We did our best to answer everyone of those why should I use Fedora questions, but even those hardcore other distribution people still picked up one of our Multimedia Dvd’s, funny how that works.

One person during this event stood out with a few questions. A man from the western part of Kentucky wanted to know if we could give him a few multimedia DVD’s so that he could bring them home to his part of the state. He was a local television broadcaster (media personality) with the local TV station in his area. He also asked that if he contacted us would we be willing to send him more of the DVD’s. He proceeded to tell me why. This person was trying to get his community involved with some new ideas in computing. There has been a lot of job loss in his area and a lot of really down people trying to get out of and try some new ideas for jobs, hobbies, and skills. I was more than happy to aide him in is request. He also asked if there were to be an event scheduled in his area would we as Fedora be willing to attend (invited). I let him know that we could surely ask when the time came to make the invite for Fedora through the website or get a hold of an Ambassador to get the request on the schedule. This may turn into a good opportunity to distribute more and help others learn about Linux.

We had a lot more than usual stop by and tell us how much they loved Fedora. We kept getting compliments all day long about how Fedora has been such a great Operating System for them. That was quite pleasing to hear. This was a very successful event for Fedora. I am looking forward to going again next year to Ohio Linux Fest.

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Free and Open Source Software Expo and Technology Conference FOSSETCON

Free and Open Source Software Expo and Technology Conference FOSSETCON
Event; FOSSETCON (Free and Open Source Software Expo and Technology Conference) September 11th through 13th
Location; Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando Florida
Ambassadors; Andrew Ward(, Julie Ward (
Day 1 Training day no exposition
Day 2 Expo hall opened 1030 – 5pm
Day 2 Expo Hall opened 1110 – 5pm
Attendance; 500+
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 like to 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 ( 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 (
“ I would like Broadcom Wireless Cards to work out of the box”
This person was quite frustrated with how Broadcom wireless requires manual configuration

Stephan Gross (
“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 product

Adnan Raja (
“We provide Fedora as an O/S on our cloud, we would like to be listed on the Fedora Website”
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 (
“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 (
“Citrix Leacuent easier installation packages that can do better SSL handling”
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 ( CHEF/Docker/ETC
“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 (
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.

Equipment issues
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.

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Southeast Linux Fest 2014 in Charolette NC


Recently I attended the event representing Fedora, Please note the file above, it describes our experiance

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LINUXCON North America New Orleans

Please read my report from the Linuxcon North America held in New Orleans LA


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ILF Report PDF file


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Indiana Linux Festival 26 & 27 July 2013

This years event was held in the Wyndam West Hotel in Indianapolis in on the 26th and 27th of July 2013 . I arrived at the hotel on the morning of the first days events. I met with the event Coordinators Michael Schultheiss and Matthew Williams. Fedora was the first sponsor to arrive and I got to pick the spot where I wanted. So, I got the best spot in the area. I set up the booth in the place where you could see us from the registration table and when you walked into the vendor isle Fedora was right in front of you. The first day was scheduled talks at more of a corporate level administrators and a very nice talk given by Terry Bowling (RED HAT Indianapolis) on tailor fitting Fedora and performance tuning. Attendance the first day was approximately 50 and spent most of the day in the talks given by Terry. What a phenomenal person, he did not get a break all day. I discussed with him on how well the response was from his talk and how everyone who visited the Fedora booth was eager to get started and picked up the free media. The first day there were only three booths set up initially, a forth was set up mid day. The first day booths consisted of Fedora, RedHat, Digital data Recovery and Forensics certification Company and Expedient to get things rolling. Although it was not busy, I had plenty of time to produce our latest release F19 in preparation for the following day.

I got started bright and early on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. to get things rolling. I continued to produce various F19 media for distribution later that day. The first events were scheduled for 9 a.m. and the first customers of the day showed up at 8 a.m. There was a vested interest for Fedora, with many of the questions about the difference between Fedora and other open source distributions. I was quite please to point out the various desktop environments offered by Fedora. The response was quite overwhelming for most customers that were not aware of what we did. There also was a vested interest in the other various spins we offer. I started taking names and requests for various spins customers wanted. I produced specific media and USB iso’s as requested. The attendance was slow to start but progressed as the day progressed. The showing was approximately 200 through out the day. Free BSD, the Central Indiana Linux local users group, and a representative from the Ohio Linux Fest showed to promote their products and events with a total number of booths now at 7. The Fedora Booth was by far the most popular and most prepared for this event. Through out the day i did meet some interesting people, mostly users but a few stuck out, I had a few that were interested in taking enough media for their entire students in their class. I was quite happy to provide. Almost every person that stopped at the booth took both a F18 and a F19 media that I produced.

Many of the users that stopped by were pleased with the current version of Fedora they were using and were not aware of the improved functions in the later releases. As I stated earlier most of the users were not aware of the various desktop environments available with Fedora. I was prepared to show various environments and where to down load them. There also was a vested interest in the security spin from a few individuals. After showing the full program listing from the download site, they were sold and requested media. I was more than pleased to provide. When the day was done, I was down to a few pieces of media and a little bit of swag. Again I would like to state the Fedora was by far the most visited and prepared booth of ILF.

Talks were productive and interesting. Terry Bowling was by far the most interesting and attended. My talk to my surprise had one third of the attendees for the afternoon. I feel good that out of the five talks going on during that time I had one third in mine alone.

After the day ended I decided to talk to the coordinators on how they thought things went and any feedback they wanted from the vendors. There were some pros and cons to the discussion. At the beginning there were some scheduling conflicts with the hotel which resulted in the shift from April to July. From the discussion I realized they always try to offset Ohio Linux Fest by six months, but the Hotel was not available in April this year so that started a chain of events that resulted in a July schedule. Many of the vendors did state they were planning to the Ohio event and did not plan on attending ILF until last minute. The coordinators were quite aware of the website short falls that I talked with them previously. They did assure me that the next years event will be planned earlier and were very pleased that Fedora was present. They also were quite surprised that I came prepared to meet the needs of the event and that I promoted Fedora with such enthusiasm. I thanked them for their comments and told them that I will look forward to attending next years event.

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Indiana Linux Festival

Getting ready to go to ILF

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