From 7th to 12th of July, gaia and me participated to "Rencontres
Mondiales du Logiciel Libre" in Strasbourg (France).
It is one of most important yearly events about Free Software in France.
We represented Fedora over Borsalinux-fr (French association to promote
Around 60 persons (obviously a lot of French people but also from
Germany or United-Kingdom) came to ask some information or just discuss
about Fedora. Some of them are long term users, for many years and very
happy about Fedora. My conference about contributions of Fedora
Workstation to Free Software (in French) was followed by 16 persons and
was very appreciated by them. This conference was recorded, so it would
be available somewhere in Internet soon.
All Fedora users are happy to use Fedora, but some critics raised about
"dnfdragora" which is not reliable enough and too slow apparently. Or
some specific issues like a unavailable software "ancestris" from
official repositories or the difficulties to support smart cards for
common transport tickets of Strasbourg (they provided PPA repositories
apparently without guide for Fedora). As usual, the lack of long term
support is an issue for a lot of visitors. But for all of them, having
almost all software in the latest version is the main advantage.
Especially, a visually impaired woman explained to us that Fedora was
very used by blind / visually impaired people because Fedora provides
all required free software in the latest version. But she is using a
Debian based distribution built by Hypra company which uses proprietary
software for recognition / synthesis speech.
Of course some goodies are sold / given: T-shirt, Fedora loves Python
flyers, beginning guides, pins, stickers, etc.
We filled wiki page about this event:
If you have any question about it, do not hesitate.