[CentOS] Linux World Expo - London 25th + 26th Oct 2006
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Wed Oct 4 19:16:07 UTC 2006
Dag Wieers wrote:
> I remember when I was at the Fedora booth on FOSDEM that it's hard to get
> attention with just a bunch of hardware that is doing something. Often
> what attracts people is fancy graphics or a presentation with interesting
LinuxWorld, unlike FOSDEM, is very much overshadowed by the commercial
guys - the biggest, most flashy areas tend to be the guy guys like
Redhat, IBM, Novel etc. And to quite an extent its driven by these
commercial guys. Fosdem is a very different sort of setup.
Also, one thing from last year - lots of people ask about where / how to
get help if they get stuck, so whatever handout we do - must include
some url's for help/support.
> I'm not sure how crowded it is (FOSDEM is really crowded) and what
> facilities we have. I'm thinking of bringing my laptop, either to do some
> work when that's possible or to showcase something.
We just get the stand, nothing on the inside of it - but we did get a
few power sockets. Lance has some furniture, are you going to bring that
along this year as well ?
> But it's nice to know what the punchline is going to be. If someone is
> leaving the booth, what points do we want to get through. There are so
> many things we can say that we have to stick to something simple and
> concise ? (And add to that whatever is in the context of the interaction)
My usual punchline with CentOS is simple - IF you need the support and
have big bucks to pay, goto Redhat, but all means. However, if you want
something different ( like more filesystem support, more third party
pacakges, dont want to / cant afford to pay much ) then CentOS is for
you. Another thing that really hits hard and fast is the community. RHEL
has almost zero community around it - everyone moved to fedora, and
therefore unstable / short lifespan distro. CentOS on the other hand has
massive momentum on the community side. I think its always important to
>>> I figure that handing out CD's nowadays would not be very useful.
>> Maybe not, but we do have some t-shirts and mugs
> Are there any posters or something big to put at the background ? How can
> we get a glimpse of bypassers if there's a crowd in the front of the booth ?
Standing outside the stand, in the middle of the aisle that people are
walking down - always works :)
> Versatility ?
yes, you can do whatever you like with it and not have any
change-in-support or change-in-circumstances.
> New technologies like virtualization ?
i am not sure if we want to talk Virtualisation as yet - its not really
there yet, in the core distro ( 4.5 will bring Xen, but its not due out
for a while yet )
> Ok, based on the feedback here we can refine it for FOSDEM and future
> exhibitions. It would also be nice to have a press-kit. (artwork, summary,
> facts and numbers, contact-person, timeline, new technologies, progress)
> Anything worth putting in a magazin should be mentioned in a press-kit.
> Usually exhibitions like this one have an official press-area with the
> press-kits available.
that would be nice, if someone was to start this section on the wiki, i
am sure more people would get involved and kick in.
>> Wikis seem good ...
> Can I get edit access ? :)
done! You should now be able to edit / add content ( remember the
centos-docs list :) )
maybe we should have an 'Events' page on the wiki, and then sub-pages
for each event that people are going to represent CentOS at.
Karanbir Singh : http://www.karan.org/ : 2522219 at icq
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