Re: "professional" debian booths (was: Re: booth planning LinuxTag)

From: Alexander Reelsen (
Date: Wed Jun 20 2001 - 17:20:46 CEST

  • Next message: Stefan Gybas: "Re: Comments on CD images v4 (was Re: new CD images (II))"

    On Wed, Jun 20, 2001 at 02:27:19PM +0200, Michael Meskes wrote:
    > On Wed, Jun 20, 2001 at 01:23:06PM +0200, Joost van Baal wrote:
    > > I didn't mean that literally. Sorry for being unclear. What do you mean
    > > by 'looking more professional'? Wearing the same Debian Tshirts maybe?
    > For instance that would be a good idea.
    Are you serious? This is gonna be a Open Source/Free Software pavillon
    (choose whatever you like) booth and not Uncle Sam's army show... :)

    The best would be to like yourself and not like someone you should look to
    others to. This is no professional advertising, but free one.

    > > I believe the fact that Debian booth people are non-paid volunteers
    > > gives less room for things like booth policies. (Which doesn't mean we
    > > couldn't agree on such a thing, of course.) The fact there generally is
    > > less money for a Debian booth than for e.g. a HP booth, also contributes
    > > to the difference in appearance.
    > Sure. It should look like an open source project and nothing else but the
    > booth should look friendly enough that business visitors won't be afraid to
    > come by. My impression last year was that there were lots of freaks at the
    > booth who mainly talked to each other. If I had less knowledge myself I
    > would probably have been afraid to even ask something. And the answer would
    > probably have been to technical anyway.
    The problem was the amount of people rather than their t-shirts I presume.
    Furthermore I don't think visitors think of debian people as daemons when
    walking past the booth. But anyway, the problem with too much people just
    exists, and we need to get it straight this time.

    > Note, that this is mostly a gut feeling, nothing against anyone special.
    > I think on most trade shows we have a crowded Debian booth, but it is mostly
    > crowded with Debian people. I would love to see it crowded with non-Debian
    > people who then can see how good the Debian system is.
    That's why Joey created the Debian Chillout area aka the debian day i
    guess ;-)...

    > That's what I meant with professional.
    IMHO a completely wrong approach, but that really depends on the point of
    view (I don't have that much real business experience, it might come from
    that. I'm used to such a "professionalism").

    MfG/Regards, Alexander

    Alexander Reelsen       GnuPG: pub 1024D/F0D7313C  sub 2048g/6AA2EDDB         7D44 F4E3 1993 FDDF 552E  7C88 EE9C CBD1 F0D7 313C
    Securing Debian:

    -- To UNSUBSCRIBE, email to with a subject of "unsubscribe". Trouble? Contact

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Wed Jun 20 2001 - 17:21:27 CEST