Our booth setup at SELF 2010, complete with a 1990's CRT monitor. We kick it old school!
Celeste and I were down in the sunny and HOT state of South Carolina for this year’s SouthEast LinuxFest. Before I get started I want to send out a big thanks to the Upstate Carolina LUG. These folks have been awesome! They picked us up at the airport, took us to the hotel/conference, and were super responsive about helping us when getting the booth setup. I’d love to see these guys put in a proposal for Camp KDE at some point because they’ve definitely got the ability to organize a conference quite well!
Our KDE gaming compatriot in action
Anyhow, Saturday was a pretty long day but very productive. We had to wake up at 5:30am to catch our flight…and I am not a morning person. But after a big cup of coffee I had finally woken up and was ready to rock when we landed in SC. Lots of people stopped by the booth and all our KDE stickers, “Join the game” fliers, etc were rapidly consumed throughout day. I had to put some aside to make sure we had some left for Sunday. I had tons of great conversations with long time KDE users and met a bunch of very interested potential users as well. If I had to pick one highlight of the day though it was when a few of what I’d call the next generation FOSS community stopped by to check out our stuff. We’ve definitely got a new Kapman champion in the house!
Celeste also gave a great talk about how KDE is EVERYWHERE! It focused on enlightening the Linux community about how we’re not only on the desktop, but are also spreading our technologies into mobile, netbook, and cloud based environments. She spent some time talking about how KDE is not just software but also a vibrant community including our developers and users. Finally she also covered some of the latest and greatest features of the 4.4 and 4.5 SC releases and introduced the new “Join the game” campaign.
Celeste's bio page in the SELF program, complete with Ingo's awesome KDE artwork
After the day was over we went to dinner with a rag tag group of Ubuntu/Slackware/Zareason people to get some Japanese hibachi food and talk about the IPv4 Internet apocalypse. While I’m thinking about it, I should mention that Zareason makes some pretty sweet hardware. I was really impressed with the models they brought to the conference. Worth checking out if you’re considering a new computer purchase.
There was a reception back at the hotel later in the evening. Celeste and I didn’t stay too long but it looked like everyone was having lots of fun. At one point someone took over the microphone and was actually rapping in geek speak over top of some hip hop music. Yeah…try picturing that one in your head. It’s like explaining what it was like to see Knut do his break dancing at GCDS last year. There’s no way you can do it justice with just words
Sunday was a little bit more quiet but we still had a steady stream of visitors over the course of the day. It gave me some time to wander around a bit and actually see some of the other booths and even catch part of a talk. All things told I’d say the weekend was a great success and I look forward to hopefully visiting again for SELF 2011.