[kwlug-disc] Ubuntu 9.10 release party at Kwartzlab

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 5 17:10:14 EDT 2009

My take is that a release party should show whatever is new, cool, or special about the new release.

Showcase how it is better than the previous versions and how it deals with previous issues.

 Raul Suarez

Technology consultant
Software, Hardware and Practices
An eclectic collection of random thoughts

----- Original Message ----
From: Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com>
To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Sent: Mon, October 5, 2009 4:47:41 PM
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Ubuntu 9.10 release party at Kwartzlab

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 3:55 PM, L.D. Paniak
<ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:
> Can you get together a representative list of what people want to see?
> The possibilities for short demos are endless, of course.  Maybe GIMP?
> Blender?  Then spin the Compiz cube into a serial console. Then to a
> Windows VM or streaming media.
> It will probably be easier to attract people if you give them a definite
> agenda that includes something they are interested in.  Not to say other
> topics can't be covered on the fly with the power of apt-get.

I'm working on it.  If people come forward and say they're interested
in presenting, speculatively or not, that'd be a great first step.

I'm throwing together a wiki page with some ideas here:

Since this is the first time we've done anything like this, I have no
idea who will show up or what they're interested in seeing.  (Hey,
KWLUG, what are you interested in seeing?)  We might end up with
topics we don't have time for (in which case, we'll probably vote,
BarCamp style).  Or it might be totally informal.  I'm open to either.

I'm expecting lots of desktop user demos (Gimp, Compiz, Pulse Audio,
etc), but introductory developer demos (Rails zero to website in 5
minutes, quick Python GTK app, version control with git, etc.) will
probably be well received.  So long as they're short.  No more than 15
minutes, but ideally closer to 5.

We're probably not looking for server stuff.

And of course, there's a premium on showing off cool, semi-obscure
stuff.  Expect a lot of people who know the basics already.

Does that narrow it down any?

> What kind of internet connectivity is available at KWAL?

Good, but we'll probably be looking to have a repo mirror sitting on a
local box, if I can get that working.  If not, there will be CDs.

> IMO, showing off software at a release party is more marketable than
> watching an installer run at an install-fest: Hey honey, lets go out and
> get karmic installed on that old laptop tonight...

Yup, definitely.  Installfesting is low on my priority list, but it's
traditional.  We'll do it if we can get a couple people to work a
table at the back or something.

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