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[opensuse-marketing] Fwd: Follow report on Utah Open Source Conference
  • From: Stephen Shaw <sshaw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 08:22:17 -0600
  • Message-id: <AANLkTi=MzF22=e8L2kfrZ-xXqDKoJ_tueLB1ohx_PMGo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
This is something I wrote to an internal ML and was asked to forward
it to oS-Marketing.

Cheers,
Stephen

| Just wanted to post a follow up report on our experience at the Utah Open
| Source Conference this past weekend (Oct 7 - 9).
|
| First, I'd like to thank Alan and Darren for the time they spent at the
| booth.  Its nice not running a booth by yourself :)
|
| The MVP of our booth would have to go to the suse studio team and their
| kiosk.  I think I talked to more people this year than I have the last 3
| years combined.  Looking back on the last several conferences I've attended
| the top question asked, with some variations, is "Why should I use openSUSE?"
| or "What makes openSUSE better than Fedora or Ubuntu?".  With the kiosk the
| top question became, "What is this?".  There was a very positive response
| with many compliments to the project.  By the end of the conversation many
| commented on the fact that they hadn't used openSUSE in a while maybe they'd
| try it again".  It was definitely a draw for those that hadn't used linux
| before.
|
| There were also those that were, are, or might be future customers of our
| enterprise products that we were able to talk to as well.  I believe that
| this benefited both the openSUSE project as well as our enterprise products.
|
| Mike was great enough to donate bags to the conference again for the 3rd
| year now (if I remember correctly).  I've had many people come up and thank
| us for supporting the conference and providing the bags.  It feels like the
| attitude towards us is becoming more friendly, so a huge thanks to Mike for
| this.
|
| Also, a big thanks Alexia for helping put this together and providing all of
| the swag and making sure everything arrived at the conference.  And not to
| forget the warehouse crew for helping us and giving up part of their
| Saturday.
|
| All in all, I think the booth was a huge success and highly recommend having
| suse studio kiosks at future conferences.
|
|
| Thanks again to all,
| Stephen Shaw
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