The Weekend of September 28-30th I attended Ohio Linuxfest in Columbus Ohio as an Fedora Ambassador. I have attended the last 6 OLFs and as always it was good to see old Friends and meet new ones.
We (me and Cathy Williams left our house for the trip to Columbus. As we entered WV it started to drizzle rain, but we would never have guessed what we were in for up the road. After going over Flat Top (one of the tallest mountains in WV) we were suddenly in a 3-4 inch per minutes downpour that lasted all the way to Charleston before letting up. Traveling up a 70mph going 45mph is no fun. And of course you have those drivers that didnt know better that would pass the pack of drivers that had already hydroplaned enough to slow down would be passed by the pack 5 miles down the road with the other cars being in an accident.
Getting in to Columbus and checking into the Drury. We hauled the Event box and banners and media over to the convention center. Where we checked in to Ohio Linuxfest and got our wristbands (this year they did wristbands instead of badges). At that time we found Rob Ball the sponsorship co-ordinator to locate the Fedora Table. The Fedora table was located on the end of the hallway closes to the hallway.
Going back to the Drury, I sat down to program my Ham Radio for the local VHF repeaters in the area. went outside to test my programs I ran in to the crew from The Linux link Tech show Podcast. Who are a fixtures at Linux Shows in the past years as well. At 7:30 we hooked up with Jeremy Sands (From the SouthEast Linuxfest Conference and went to the mongolian grill down the street to be join with organizers of the Indiana Linuxfest and the LLTS guys from above. After Dinner several people were going to the party but we had had a rough day and decided to make it a early night.
Up at oh my gawd 630am, we ran down and eat breakfast at the Drury, During Breakfast we got in to a discussion with a lady named Denise who had brought about 20 Students from the Indiana Tech School to the conference. Then we grab the rest of the swag and head to setup the Booth in the Expo area of OLF And as always our booth is next to the Redhat booth and it was to see Thomas again from RedHat. About 8am Sarah White showed up and wanted to take pics on how to setup the booth and she also brought an Raspberry pi and keyboard mouse and huge monitor for the display. Not having ever set up the Beefy Miracle I let Sarah that privledge by 8:30 we were all setup and ready.for the 9am opening.
As always It was a pleasure for me to work the booth and deal with a wide variety of questions as:
Whats with the Hotdog?
After several of these i was starting to get a little horse so i would hand it off to Rickie (codeblock) to explain.
lots of questions about Fedora and our relationship with RedHat Linux to the technically problems that i love to deal with from being a helper/op in the #fedora channel in irc.freenode.net. to lots of questions about the XO The One Laptop per Child computer. While i answered questions on one end of the table Dan answered questions about the raspberry pi on the other end while Rickie would work on keeping to table full of swag.