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Bi-Annual Release Party for an Ubuntu Release
We had a great release party and thanks go out to all the attendees and both presenters as well as the Holiday Inn of Waterloo for hosting the event. We had a booth stationed outside of the conference room showcasing Ubuntu variants on multiple computers. Thanks goes out to System76 for their demo laptop as well. We had a mirror repository setup in the main room for anyone interested in upgrading on site.
Our first presenter Donald (Ducky) Newel discussed the 'Freedom of FOSS', which focused on what Free and Open Source software is and why it's important. He explained the benefits of the open source model by highlighting how it affects the average computer user and demonstrated many examples that users can benefit from. There was a lively question and answer session towards the end of the talk and it ran over the allotted time.
Next up on the program was Elizabeth (pleia2) Krumbach, who gave an inspiring talk on Who Uses and Contributes to Open Source Projects and how you can too. She focused on how anyone of any skill level can contribute to Open Source by simply getting involved. The key points were that you don't have to be a programmer or guru to contribute in meaningful ways that can help grow the community. We had another lively question and answer session followed by pizza and drinks.
Demo System Setup
Sweet Laptop from System76 and a EEE Rockin the Karmic
Everyone loves the EEE
Lots of good conversations
Karmic Koala, 9.10 @ Holiday Inn, Waterloo, NY
Holiday Inn Waterloo
2468 Rt 414 (Mound Road)
Waterloo, New York 13165
date: November 8th, 2009
Public Awareness Event: 1pm until 3pm
Pizza Party: 3pm until 5pm
room: deleware Room
amenities: free wireless
Donald (Ducky) Newel, Freedom of Foss
Elizabeth (pleia2) Krumbach, Who Uses and Contributes to Open Source Projects (And how you can too!)
Reception, pizza and soda served.