April 26 and 27
|Welcome to LFNW!|
, Bellingham, WA
turned its nerd factor up to 11, and openSUSE was there
, and to make sure everyone had a lot of fun!
This was the 15th anniversary of LinuxFest Northwest
, and the both the organizers and attendees made it clear why this event keeps growing every year. At last count, there were 1500 attendees
; and for the first time openSUSE had a wealth of enthusiasts volunteering in the booth to make sure we could help everyone get in touch with their inner Geeko
and Caleb Gebhart
, local advocates, were on hand in the booth most of the weekend, showing two very different sides of openSUSE: Adrian is an avid Python and Qt developer, and has no problem walking anyone through a problem. Caleb brought his gaming laptop, and made the point that gaming on openSUSE, especially through Steam
, is as fun as it is easy to setup. Carl Symons
, of Community Tech NW
stepped in when we needed an extra smiling face in the booth.
|Hangin' with Jon 'Maddog' Hall|
Taking a more professional turn, Peter Linnell
, Technical Specialist for SUSE, and Bryan Lunduke
, SUSE's social media manager (and all around ridiculous guy), fielded questions, shared swag, and made sure 'Big Geeko' got lots of love. Bryan and I collaborated on "10 things you'd love about SUSE if you only knew..." which drew an audience of about 150! Peter was able to attend as well, and help out with Q&A, and Michael Miller, SUSE's VP of Marketing and Global Alliances
joined the audience as well. Michael hung out at the booth after for a while, where we all got so spend a little quality time
with Jon 'Maddog' Hall, Executive Director of Linux International
(and grumpy grandpa to all of us Linux users). Peter Linnel wrapped up our presentation track with a deep dive into OBS
on Sunday, to another full room.
|Presenting with Bryan|
Speaking of the "booth", that just really doesn't do it justice. The openSUSE Lounge
was a popular place
, what with the comfy chairs
, lots of friendly people
, and free Lime JeOS
for everyone! When it came time for Jakob Perry
, long time LFNW organizer, to give an interview to Slashdot
, they couldn't find a more comfy spot to hang out!
|Even Ubuntu folks get hugs here.|
When it was all said and done, we handed out 100 openSUSE 13.1 promo DVDs
, gave away a dozen SUSE USB sticks
to the World Famous Raffle
, and made countless origami penguins and chameleons (including special orange, blue and red ones for those other distro booths ;-)
We're already looking forward to LFNW2015
, where we're sure to have even more fun than before!
|Everybody loves openSUSE!|