September 19th, 2010 von buergermeister
Finally I am home from FrOSCamp now, it was a hard weekend and I slept not much. I started thursday in the evening and picked Alex in Nuremberg arround 9pm adn after another 500km ride we arrived in the morning in Zurich. Then begun an hopeless search for an parking ground. Zurich is definitly an tourist/car driver unfriendly city. Its not that you cant find a place for you car its more that you cant find a place without paying. So on the end I used a parking place I search in the net before I started to Zurich, it was the cheapest I can find, only problem you had the right to park there for 15 hours. The funny thing was, you can pay for more there The machine took Euro money, but the automat for the tram doesnt take Euro or paper money. So if you plan a trip to Zurich is definitly the better choice to take the train or plane and make sure you have some coins for the tram.
On the end we arrived at the event place short after 8 in the morning and Bruno had prepared the booth very well. Short after us arrived Michal and Pavol from Czech, they brought an HP touch screen from the Prague office. We showed mostly the GNOME 3 preview on that machine, with the touchscreen its a cool thing. And we promised Stormy that we represent in Zurich the GNOME Project, Bruno printed a nice banner for that. On the end we had a lot of conversations about GNOME Shell more then we had showed the KDE side of openSUSE. But this we did also Bruno prepared a machine with some different virtual machines, that showed factory or KDE or the KDE netbook style. That we had some things to show brought us more visitors then our neighbors had, ubuntu prepared her booth like an selling point. There was CDs, shirts and cups on that table and behind that some guys sitting behind her notebooks.
At FrOSCamp was also FUDCon EMEA and I visited Máirín Duffys talk about Inkscape and GIMP and visited as an spy the Fedora Design Team Meeting too. The FrOSCamp had not a lot of visitors, so we had enough time for conversations with friends from other projects. On the first evening there was the Wired Dreams party as an kind of social event, I stayed with Bruno not a long time there. We went to a pasta place directly opposit the event place and after a few minutes most of the fedora guys joined us. We had nice conversations there.
For the next day we hoped ther are more visitors but on the end there wasnt more as the day before. So we had enough time for conversations again. On the evening there was FUDPub, we went there and had some fun with the Fedora people. It was nice, but I had to drive home. So it was a nice weekend in Zurich and we had a lot of fun at this event.