24 Apr 2006 andrelop   » (Journeyer)

FISL7.0 : Done

Ok, it's done. I'm now back at home, posting this blog entry after staying at Porto Alegre, Brazil, since April 18, attending to FISL7.0 (Fórum Internacional de Software Livre, ou "International Free Software Forum" version 7.0).

It was a nice time I had there, meeting lots of nice friends and helping in the Debian and Debian-BR-CDD booth we were running at the event.

However, it was pretty difficult to keep up and don't fall sleep, as we were almost all the time in the booth for fours consecutive days, starting everyday from something like 9:00AM till something like 23:00. Of course I attended to some talks, but the booth was were I stayed for most of the time. I'm very tired right now but didn't wanted to sleep before posting something about the event.

We had a party to celebrate the release of the 1.0 version of our local Custom Debian Distribution : Debian-BR-CDD, which is based on Sarge and aimed at brazilian desktop users. Lots of drinks, cakes and happy people in the front of our booth. That's nice when you think that FISL7.0 was an event which had something close to (or more than) 5.000 people attending.

People worked very hard to make it happen and I would like to publicy thank everyone from the team for the great release, even if I didn't helped to do it at all :-)

We heard from some people that some government people were evaluating GNU/Linux distributions for use at some specific places and it seems tha our distro was the one they picked. Great, and even better when you know that we already had some use-cases from some other government people even before the final 1.0 version.

Well, it's Sarge, only with some pre-selected packages and a nice desktop design with only a couple of backports and some already-in-trunk debian-installer enhancements. Nice to see that Debian seems to be the preferred free/libre operating systems in lots pf places in Brazil.

Thank's to all the Debian people for such a great OS :-)

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