on Dienstag, 5. Juni 2007, Martin Lasarsch wrote:
Instead of sending a "thank you" mail, i
wrote something in my blog:
I also did some blog entries (german, with some pictures) on
BTW: If you want all pictures I took for the openSUSE gallery, send me a
Now something different, let me sum up some things
which went good
and not that good.
[... several points shortened ...]
* booth setup
- to much unused space in the middle of the booth, we
should have a
table with chairs next time.
- "only" cboltz from the community was
there helping us. It's not
about that we don't want to send SUSE/Novell employees to the event,
we want the community more involved and such an event is perfect for
Well, I didn't feel lonely - but meeting other community members would
be nice ;-)
- no theme on the booth. One desk with "Xen for
beginners" or "How
to use the obs" for example would be nice next time.
Indeed. Henne's mail has some good ideas.
- booth look was pretty generic. We had only
stickers on the walls and a big Tux. Posters or Paper where people
can write suggestions down would help.
Yes. However the usual way should be to talk - because it's easier to
ask back if things are not clear.
- softdrink situation: we had first big bottles,
which was bad
because most drank only a small amount of the water and let it rot.
After that we had small bottles, with the same problem. Next time
give drinks only out with a name written on the bottle. Yeah, we have
problems ... :-)
I liked the LPI booth much more: They offered wine (to drink, not to
execute M$ programs ;-) , other drinks, some cheese and other small
This is a good way to make people visiting the booth ;-)
- on cebit there is a policy "no laptops on the
booth, no email
reading". I don't want to force that, but it is not very
professional: the visitors don't want to interrupt somebody reading
emails and go away ...
Yes, that's a problem. However, there were always enough people
available (aka "not at the laptop") IIRC.
And LinuxTag has more of a community image, so the laptops aren't as
problematic as on cebit which has a more "serious" image.
could be better with a table.
Indeed. And, very simple but important issue, install more power plugs
in the "back" of the booth ;-)
* openSUSE day
- no community talk this year :-(
Maybe you should give out some ideas next year. Not with the call for
papers (if someone has a good idea himself, it's even better), but if
there's no reply after some time.
- date: please not again on the first day of the
event, it's a
nightmare to get the booth running smooth and have all the talks.
There's another problem with the first day: there are usually less
visitors than on the other days. However, I'm not sure if it's possible
to change - the $distribution days usually don't change the weekday.
- make a plan how to give away the shirts or other valuable goods.
If we have them next time again for free, one plan could be: charge
5€ for a shirt and donate all the money to a OSS project or EFF, FSF
or even openSUSE (travel costs for community etc.).
Why not? (But you will need less shirts, so less people do "advertising"
Another idea would be to do something like a small quiz and give them
away as price.
Some other projects are not really happy that our
shirts are free.
Well, if they find someone who prints "sponsored by..." on the back,
they can do the same ;-))
* other ideas
- make a live irc meeting on the event, with video streaming :-)
Yes, could be cool. However, the problem is that it makes all people at
the booth busy - and unavailable for visitors.
Maybe it could be done in the evening, after LinuxTag closed its doors
- do an official irl meeting with the community,
dinner at least,
paid by Novell
I won't object ;-)
> "Frontpage" is a M$ WYSIWYG web page
Would you like some Wine with that ActiveX?
You must have a different Outlook(tm) on things, I thought it was an
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