Magnux77 with Daniel were there representing Mageia. He reports:
It was hot, in all the meanings of the word, a real jolly atmosphere, noise everywhere and nicely sunny. With Daniel, we laid out the T-Shirts, pens, USB sticks, two laptops for Mageia demonstration, a 2002 antiquity running Mageia to prove that if it no Windows, it can Mageia, and a 24inch screen for a Mageia LibreOffice Impress exhibition on Raspberry-Pi. Our booth was next to La Mouette and l’Autre Net. Behind us was April, Framasoft, The Ordis Libres.
Admittedly, many people walk past us without even seeing us, there are so many things to see, to read or to hear, not to mention savour. But the ones who did stop and wonder already have the idea that GAFAM isn’t just for their good only. A little vignette, amongst others:
Madam and Sir, holding each other up to support themselves in the face of adversity, have a quick look all the booths, but none of them really catches their eye. They talk together, hesitate, look here and there again, are ready to go away, discouraged, when suddenly, Madam gets worked up, stands and says a little louder:
“But I am still eager to know!”
“To know what, Madam?”
“Well, computing, it pisses me off (with a wide smile). I bought a pair of shoes on the Internet, and now I got advertising everywhere for shoes, on my screen, in my messages and that pisses me off even more (no more smile)”
“Then, I would like to know why, how is it possible”
After a small discussion, they don’t look ready for me to about Mageia right way, then I decided to take them to our friends from Framasoft so that they can start to defend themselves against the GAFAM.
But for many people who were sensitive to our arguments, and likely to adopt Mageia, the difficulty was the installation with backup and partitioning. Of course, we our e-mails, MLO address (the French forum), the GUL (Linux user group), but it is not enough, of course… To all of you with whom we exchanged, don’t hesitate to contact us again for help, to get an idea on how to, or to find help in your area of France.
– dtux in Lyon, in his workshop Libre PC
– magnux77 in the East of Paris or on the French-speaking forum MageiaLinux-Online (MLO).
For International users, we have many other support forums available.