Mageia has been visiting Europe

From Jehane, Grenoya, Marja, Oliver

The Mageia team has attended some major Open Source events in the last 2 months.

Linuxtag 2012

Like last year, Mageia had a presence at Linuxtag in Berlin, one of the biggest Linux and OpenSource events in Europe.

And like last year we shared a booth with the German community. At Linuxtag, we had some prominent members of the Mageia project there, some of them (Nicolas and Marja) coming all the way from France and the Netherlands.

Over the four days of Linuxtag we had quite a large number of visitors at our booth, with whom we could discuss many things about the Mageia project and the distribution – after all Mageia 2 was released only a few days before the event. In addition to those discussions with visitors, some of us used the chance to talk with representatives from other distros  as well as upstream developers.

Certainly we will be at Linuxtag again next year and we are hoping for many more Mageians to visit us there.

Photos from Linuxtag can be found in the following places: [1], [2] and [3]

Solutions Linux 2012
Even if Solutions Linux is a profesional event about Linux and Open source software, a big part is dedicated to the community. The balance was very much in our favor : half professional, half associations. Mageia had a stand in the middle of the OS booths (Fedora, Debian, Opensuse, *BSD). No talk this year, but we took time to talk with people (passing by or attendees). It was a very good event.

  • Marja — head of doc team– came from the Netherlands to see us and meet the French public: Thanks Marja for coming, you’ll always be welcome :).
  • we convinced some people to move to Mageia and start contributing \o/.
  • even though we didn’t have new LiveCD’s, many visitors eagerly accepted the Mageia 1 LiveCD’s and heard they could download Mageia 2 if they liked it. 150 LiveCD’s were distributed.
  • an amazing amount of the other visitors already knew Mageia and told they had downloaded Mageia 2 (compared to the visitors at Linuxtag).

This event was also a good opportunity to meet the local Mageia community at the Mageia dinner: discussions, trolls and food for everyone :). Around twenty people attended and shared a nice time.

13es Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre, du 7 au 12 juillet 2012 à GenèveRMLL 2012

The doors of LSM (Libre Software Meeting) closed a few days ago. After last year in Strasbourg (France), it took place in Geneva (Switzerland). And like every year, it was a pleasure to go and meet all the visitors. Lots of people stopped by to talk with us and share their thoughts about Mageia or just to discover Linux through Mageia. Some users from Lyon took some time to help us on the booth, answering lots of questions.

We have had long and interesting discussions with our neighbours from the Debian, Arch Linux and Haiku booths. And we even had the chance of doing a lightning talk (thanks to ennael for the slides) introducing Mageia to newcomers. We all hope there will be plenty of volunteers next year, to share with us these few days of meeting under the summer sun.

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4 Responses to Mageia has been visiting Europe

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  4. On Saturday the 19th May 2012 I went to the first Bristol IT MegaMeet ( at The University of the West of England near Bristol. I gave a short, unrehearsed Lightning Talk with someone I hadn’t met until earlier on at the event about the Bristol and Bath Linux User Group. Which was followed by my Mageia Lightning Talk, which ran about five minutes. Each talk could only be at most five minutes. This was the first time I had given these kind of talks. Even though neither talk had had any proper practise, I still went out there and did them! My goal, in giving the talks to the 100 to 250 people present, was to raise interest in Mageia and the LUG among the local IT and business community, university staff and students,and members of the public.

    After the Mageia talk I spoke with four or five people who were curious to learn more, one of whom was quite interested!

    Since Mageia 2 was gong to be released on Tuesday of the next week I gave out pre-release Live CD’s, on suggestion from a member of the QA team, rather than the Mageia 2 RC, or Mageia 1. I gave out both GNOME and KDE pre-release Live CD’s, I also made it clear to the recipients that they were pre-release and what that meant.

    Talk video:
    Talk slides: