Am Donnerstag, den 06.05.2010, 13:40 +0200 schrieb Michael Loeffler:
On Thursday 06 May 2010 10:54:25 Klaas Freitag wrote:
It would be a great opportunity to get members of all DEs (GNOME/KDE/Meego/LXDE/XFCE) and look at ways we can work together and learn from each other in an aspect that affects us all.
Yes, I think openSUSE is an excellent place to bring the desktops together.
Realistically I think we can mostly expect contributors at the conference, so I would make this the primary target group. This includes non-programmers, so packaging/OBS/testing/kiwi/bugs are certainly good topics. I'm not sure about pure users. It might be nice to have something in the program to address them as well, but from my point of view this shouldn't be the main focus.
I completely agree. Last year we had the "open day", I liked it, but I think it was not too crowded. The most related this year is the "Home Track". An option would be to change it to "User Track" for example. Along that we would have to make more marketing around that. What options do we have for that?
We can't expect users travelling from far away to the conference. Therefor I think we need to beat the drum locally - we need need to inform local education facilities (schools, universities, LUGs, adult education centers, professional schools etc.) and local press. And the user track or day need to tell its benefits very clearly - "What do I learn there when I attend?"
Last year we made some failures with openday.
First I would call it open day because the door is always open! Second first the talks was announced in english then they changed to german. Thats funny because as the people registerd the conference they read iit is in english and the change the found not out.
As I said in the planning meeting last time. We should make from friday evening and the whole saturday a more user related program.
It is not true that users not travelling far away. Michl u know I visit a lot of linux events here in Germany. There are always people from "far" away. At my last launch party there was a guy who travelled 240km there and there was Stefan Majewsky from KDE he travelled 80km from Dresden and Steffen Birnbaum he travelled 80km to.
How far users travel depends really at the program. I dont travel to Nuremberg that shows me a Jan Weber some computers with openSUSE on it. I dont travel for one talk (except the topic is very interesting for me) but when there are mor talks the interest me so that I have a reason to stay the whole day, then I travel 240km to Nuremberg ;)
P.S. I read last week not my mails maybe that answer was given, I have to answer a lot of mails now and dont have time to sort out which answer is given. The FOTU/TOFU quotes that happend here make it not easier to find out ;) Maybe there come some more mails from me to this topic