Sitting in the office of HeliOS Solutions West, the phone rings steadily with people as far away as Watsonville calling to find out the location of LINdependence 2008. What was scheduled to be a "local" installfest extraordinaire has morphed into somewhat of a regional event. Remember in the movie Jaws when Roy Scheider first saw the shark?
"We're gonna need a bigger boat?"
From the cadence of the ringing phone and the people dropping by to ask questions, I think I may echo Roy's sentiment a bit in a different way.
"We're gonna need more disks."
Truth be told, we just didn't have any idea how many people were going to show up to this first event. And we still don't really...if the phone calls are any indication of turnout we are going to have a full hall. Representatives from Fedora, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Debian will be on hand to help people with their distro. Here's the point that is really got some people upset.
Those are the only distros that we are going to present to Felton.
I've received over 20 emails in the past three days from either developers or users of specific distros who want to know if I or Larry are going to present their distros. It's amazing the level of anger and frustration they express when I tell them that I am not.
You had 4 friggin' months to get on the bus...we emailed you, we called you, we emailed you again, we posted on your forums...and the majority of you didn't have the courtesy to say no thanks or "we just don't have anyone in the area." I don't mean to sound overly harsh...it's simply a reaction to a few people who got nasty with me over this.
Now at the 11th hour you want to come play. Sorry...we just don't have the logistical capability to do it. This has been almost a year in planning and it looks like it's going to turn out better than anyone expected.
That's a good thing.
For Fedora, Mandriva, Ubuntu and Debian.
So as we set up the video equipment, servers, cameras and seating, Lindependence 2008 is on the verge of becoming a reality.
Thanks a million to those who helped make this happen. We will do our best to make sure you get the recognition you've been promised.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 3:03 PM