This is a quick report about the Festival of
I am really tired after this event, but wanted to
deliver some hot news.
Every year there are a lot of organizations that
participate in this event, about 300. All sort of
organizations (non-profit), education, sport,
universities, associations for young people,
retired, or for children. All booths are in a big
parc, each in a separate tent.This Saturday the
sun was chinning and it was a little bit hot, an
ideal situation to have the maximum of visitors. I
have announced my association's booth, Fedora User
Group Cergy, and Fedora 15 DVS, in many local
medias, some weeks ago.
I arrived there at about 9.30 am, we were two
persons. A big surprise were there, there were 3
visitors waiting for their Fedora Live DVD.
We began at once to prepare the booth for the
event. We had a Fedora poster, some banners,
Fedora's live DVDs, some decorations and gift
(T-Shirts, Caps, mugs, stylos, goodies, ...).
There were a lot of people interested by Fedora.
Many of them had read about Fedora 15, and wanted
to test it. Most of them are students, some
discovered Fedora for the first time. Some Linux
users were there just to have a little talk, about
Fedora and Linux
There were a lot of Windows users, they think that
Linux installation is difficult for them. After a
little discussion about how easy is to install
Fedora, and the possibility to discover Fedora
without any prior installation using the live DVD,
these people were interested in trying Fedora.
Many Windows users think that using Fedora or
generally Linux is easy, the most difficult for
them is to install it, especially without losing
There were also some of other Linux distributions
users, they read about Fedora 15 on the Web, or in
magazines, and are also very interested in trying
I also visited some other booths to promote Fedora
I think that globally this event was really
positive, with many interesting contacts. I
distributed about 100 Fedora's DVD. A local radio
will invite me to talk about Fedora and Fedora
User Group of Cergy. I met at least 150 persons,
most of the time in groups, in other booths. I
have contact with two universities, here in Cergy
for an install party, next year.
The Mayor of Cergy (60.000 habitation) visited the
booth and was happy to have a Linux User Group in
At last, but not the least, i have now 10 users
for Fedora User Group of Cergy.
One last note, there were a question like "why do
you promote Fedora? Do work for Red Hat?". The
answer off course was that I'm a Fedora
Ambassador, and that i'm proud to promote it :)
PS. I'll put some photos on my web site, very
soon, maybe tomorrow.