From Jehane, Grenoya, Marja, Oliver
The Mageia team has attended some major Open Source events in the last 2 months.
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 MandrivaUser.de 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.
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.
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.