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[opensuse-marketing] [Event Report] Cerea Fair - Italy
Hi all!

From Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th January 2012 has took place the
Cerea fair (VR) in Italy.
I and other members of FSUGItalia have participated at the
“Electronics and amateur radio fair” in Cerea (Verona) presenting
openSUSE to the public.

We must start by saying that, as is typical of these kind of events,
the fair has been a great success, big participation and queues in
front of the entrance from the early hours of the opening. From
rumours heard during Sunday, overall, there were about 20000 visitors.

The organization of the fair has given us a great place, the first
booth near the entrance!

In addition to openSUSE promotional material, we set up the stand with
4 notebooks and 3 netbooks. The computers were equipped with openSUSE
12.1 configured with different desktop manager to emphasize the
flexibility and power of a distribution, that can work perfectly on
the newest hardware as well as the oldest.

A large number of people came to ask us about what openSUSE is. The
computers exhibited have attracted the attention of passers, that, in
many cases, were unaware of the existence of the GNU/Linux operating
systems, and those few who knew them already, usually were familiar
only to Ubuntu.

Both categories of people were surprised to discover and try openSUSE.
In particular, we noticed that the most interested people in learning
openSUSE were those in the age group of fifty years and older, and
that, in many cases, showed a remarkable familiarity with GNU/Linux.In
detail, many of them have told us that already use Ubuntu, but they
wanted to leave it because they are not comfortable with the Unity

The most frequent question was inherent to the differences between
Ubuntu and openSUSE and what are the advantages of this second
operating system.

Before the event we had contacted representatives of the LUG (Linux
User Group) near Cerea, and during the fair, we have delivered to them
promotional material to distribute.

Because of the enthusiasm of the audience, we had to ration the
promotional material (promoDVD), because otherwise they would not be
enough for both days.
On Sunday evening we had distributed all the material at our disposal
(300 promo DVD and all flyers) and someone have also asked the

An event with such a big audience is definitely challenging and very
tiring but we have got a great success that has rewarded us for all
the efforts made ​​to achieve this participation.
The enthusiasm and interest of the people involved also the
organizers, that have proposed to us to participate in future editions
of this fair.

you can find the report (Italian/English) of the Cerea Fair (Italy).
Other useful informations are reachable here:

We are editing a video and uploading a photo gallery; as soon as
possible all the materials will be online.


Marina Latini
openSUSE Ambassador: deneb_alpha
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