If running a booth is, for sure, an investment of time, energy and money (even if TSP contribute to help you), We often forget to say
how much it’s important for our community and project.
Booths makes openSUSE alive in all open source events! and it’s a great experience to live, for any of us.
Feel the beat!
I strongly believe that openSUSE has be to visible on events like KDE Akademy, Scale, Fosdem, Guadec.
It’s not a question of "Bang for the buck", than a simple obviousness:
- Fosdem : the biggest open source event in Europe (perhaps in the world) with more than 5000 hackers visiting.
- Scale : biggest event in North America with more than 3000 attendees
- Guadec : The annual conference of Gnome Hackers with lot of worldwide attendees
- KDE Akademy : This year with around 150 active contributors coming from all over the world.
The obviousness is: if openSUSE has no booth there, you just see Ubuntu and Redhat, and let’s add Debian, Mageia etc for Fosdem or Scale.
You all know how much I like our Geeko community. And when Akademy staff proposed us to run a booth, I said yes, great I will be there!
After comparing ways to go to Brno, the Geeko’s car was the less expensive, and allow me to pick the demo touch screen at SUSE Headquarter.
So I took a full week off and drive 2000 kilometers to make it happens.