Saturday started with a delicious german breakfast with ChristophWickert, SebastianDziallas and a LXDE developer. LXDE was on the table. I was trying to reboot my brain while my body was seeking for a bed. At about 09h15, I followed the Fedora wave to the Berlin Messe.
There everyone was showing me the FEL Flyers , while Mo put a Fedora tattoo on her cheek. I went straight to a neighbouring booth about FPGA, to learn more about the EDA tools they use. To my astonishment, they haven’t heard of FEL. So I gave them a basic introduction of our objectives behind FEL, from my point of view, they were not very enthusiast with it. It was the same feeling when you are asking an Altera fanboy to use Xilinx ISE to timing analysis.
I went to the KDE booth to tell them that FEL is KDE-based and that I want to learn more future power optimizations and boot time optimizations for the upcoming releases. However, I got the confirmation about a theory on KDE developers, “You will never have productive discussion with KDE developers, if you said there is something wrong about KDE.” I have this theory since I was a KDE booth member at CeBit 2007 in Hannover. I was firm on the fact that I was not only a user, but a KDE distributor as well. But the only respond I got was to ask my users to upgrade their hardware. Well, if KDE is juicing to much about Fedora (gnome) desktop, then there is a problem with KDE. I pointed the fact that RexDieter and FedoraKDE had worked a lot to improve KDE’s boot time. The discussion was not going anywhere, so I ended it and head to the Fedora booth. I was a booth staff from 12:00 to 14:00 as per ThomasWoerner’s sheet. There, I showed Mo how I used their early work on Fedora Community website for Fedora Electronic Lab’s website. She instantly pointed out some improvements and suggested a sublogo for FEL.
Then I want to fetch my FUDCon M-size t-shirt from MaxSpevack. Someone stole my M-size t-shirt and finally got a XL I caught JoergSimon and we went to have lunch with AndreasRau. It is always a pleasure to sit down with Joerg and chat with him. While we were heading to Mo’s “Fedora Community” presentation, GregDeKoniegsberg caught us on the hallway asking assistance with the beamer for his presentation. Ultimately, I gave Greg’s my laptop for his presentation and I stayed with him, while Joerg went to Mo’s presentation.
During the last 2 hours of Linuxtag, I went every electronic hardware related booth to learn more about their projects and the set of EDA tools they use. Among those were, Beagleboard of TexasInstrument, OpenEmbedded and a robotics booth. I am amazed that none knew of FEL’s existence. It is a real issue that openhardware community are unaware of the opensource solutions Fedora Electronic Lab provides. Another item on the my todo list.
I went to one of the last sessions (2nd day FUDCon) about the spins with JeroenVanMeeuven. You can read the meeting minutes here. I shared my intention of a possible migration of FEL Livedvd from KDE-based to Gnome based. After that, we headed to the hotel and then with the germans we went to eat real meat. After dinner, some of us went to the Ubuntu BBQ for which we received an invitation at the booth. There, it was very silent. I spent some quality time with Lennart, who introduced himself as the one who breaks my pulseaudio.