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FLISOL 2010 GYE – Some Late Numbers and Experiences

June 3rd, 2010 by

I know, I know… it is a bit late ( more than a month ) since FLISOL took place in Guayaquil-Ecuador this year… but a lot a time consuming activities have stopped me from reporting some results. Even though more than a month have passed, I think I should let you know what happened.

Compared to previous years, the event of this year was relatively smaller. An approximate of 200 people assisted, from which for the ~80% it was their first time that assisted to FLISOL, 50% of visitors had not used or heard about FLOSS before, ~13% were below 18 years old and ~75% were between 18-35 years old.

There are 3 things that I would like to point from this year’s event:

  1. Most of the event was organized by the new members from Kokoa ( ESPOL’s Free Software Community ), who I send my congratulations since it was a very good start. They were just newbies and took the challenge of organizing the biggest FLOSS event in town. As an old Kokoa kore member I know how difficult can be to organize FLISOL, and I can say those guys did a good job.
  2. One of the rooms that caught most of the attention of the visitors was the gaming room. It mostly attracted the young visitors from different genres. I think that gnu/linux is a niche that has started to be exploited in the gaming area. Personally I have tried some games since the very first time I had openSUSE (SuSE Linux back then) installed and I have seen how good known titles and good quality indie games are coming to gnu/linux. I think that with openSUSE GameStore , some gamers and developers from the openSUSE community we can try to promote our lovely green as a good platform for gaming.
  3. Last but not least, I would like to say thanks to Jarflex, ESPOL’s Digital Culture Club, Ecuagamers and all the people who contributed to make this event possible.

Summarizing, this year it was seen a collaboration between different groups and enterprises somehow related to FLOSS that , locally, was not seen before. This might be a further step of what was started in 2007 when we tried to take FLISOL from a FLOSS installation festival for FLOSS enthusiast to a FLOSS event that will catch the attention of people of different ages with different interests.

Until the next post people of the openSUSEsphere…


PS.1: Some pictures by: @sarahjessi, Kmeng, @_abejamaya , Jarflex and Ecuagamers
PS.2: If you are interested or have some ideas related to openSUSE gaming [site] please write a comment or contact me.

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3 Responses to “FLISOL 2010 GYE – Some Late Numbers and Experiences”

  1. Since this event I decided to use openSUSE, as I had years as a user of Ubuntu, openSUSE has been an excellent GNU/Linux distribution!


    Desde este evento, me decidí a usar openSUSE, ya que llevaba años como usuario de Ubuntu y para qué! estupenda distribución de GNU/Linux!

  2. jaom7

    Que fue Guillermo.. que chévere que al fin estes del lado de la fuerza (jaja es broma), ya sabes, cualquier duda o cosa que necesites no dudes en preguntar o en escribir en alguno de los foros (kokoa u openSUSE).

  3. jaom7

    Haha, I am not sure why I answered in spanish… well the translated answer will be something like this

    “Hey Guillermo, what’s up?, It’s cool that you are know in the side of the Force (haha, just kidding) any doubt or anything you need do not hesitate to ask or write in one of the forums (openSUSE or kokoa)”.