Alright, first of all I would like to excuse for reporting this late about the FLISoL in my area.
I could not spend the whole day out there, since my dad role required me the morning to take care of my daughter (girlfriend got a job on shifts), so I just got there in the afternoon. Anyhow, I did make sure plenty DVDs where there since minute one, a good LUG friend of mine included one disc along with each registered person's folder.
My talk on Contributing to openSUSE as a non developer person had a rather crowded room. I spoke of what is openSUSE, where the project stands right now in terms of community infrastructure and useful technology / tools for beginners, and how to get/build openSUSE (our downloads methods and using SUSE Studio there). Since I targeted regular users with few knowledge and experience on Linux, people attending fit right there the most. I got questions such as:
- Differences between SLEx and openSUSE. - How to become an openSUSE Member or Ambassador. - Why one *should* start using openSUSE instead of Mint or Ubuntu or eventually any other distro out there. - Default desktop.
It was so cool to find people asking me for DVDs at the install room, and I assume some of them will end up actually testing or installing the green on their machines. I must say that we did not have many machines to install, and we regret about not having much marketing out there and the heavy rain the night before. Shame on our local LUG!
I strongly believe there are many ways to improve the Ambassadors program. I recall seeing a event report template we should fill-in after each event, and believe me I was thinking about that as well. I can say I had plenty of material to show but still I am not sure what's the best mode to redistribute material within the country. I know everyone else has their jobs and personal life, but it just makes it hard when openSUSE is not close to the top of priority list.
Overall I got good comments on openSUSE, covering and achieving the project's goals. Only con I heard (and can remember) is how slow Zypper is compared to aptitude or yum or pacman.
Well that's my report. Again, my excuses for the long time after the event.