Re: Disappointment about the appearance of our CLT booth

From: Michael Mohn <>
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2009 13:50:59 +0100

Am 22.03.2009 um 11:26 schrieb Jan Wagner:

> Hi Julien,
> as I'm also one of the guys running the booth (on saturday), I've to
> add some
> to your mail.
> I completly ack, that the booth _this year_ was far away from being
> perfect.
> Most reasons are already targeted. Just a short side note ... all
> people
> attending this year where also there in the last years, where it
> seems to be
> much better ... so ... it may not just be a problem of the people
> running the
> booth.

i think we all should stop pointing fingers at anyone and start asking
and answering the one question:
"how can I contribute to make it even better the next event?"

how about that?



> On Sunday 22 March 2009, Julien BLACHE wrote:
>> Andreas Tille <> wrote:
>>> There is no reason for developers to spend their time to
>>> have smalltalk with people.
>> Those two lines really sum up your whole mail: you are way off.
>> Smalltalk is exactly what we're doing in this kind of
>> exhibitions. That's called "meeting the community", the other one,
>> the
>> *users* community. If you're not interested in that, I suggest you
>> stick to high-profile technical conferences and don't run a booth
>> again.
> Knowing Andreas for a while and seeing how he is communicating every
> year at
> CLT, you where using "smalltalk" in different understandings.
>> Most people come to those exhibitions to have a look at this Linux
>> thing and ask basic questions, sometimes even stupid questions. We
>> answer them, show them our distro, walk them through some demos. If
>> they're interested, they'll want to take a CD/DVD (or a LiveCD) home
>> to try it out on their own.
> Thats exactly what Andreas is doing there ... If you did read his mail
> carefully, he is asking people, why they has the need for an
> installation
> medium and is trying to find out, if they are really interested.
> That is
> exactly what you define as "smalltalk".
>> I appreciate that you gave some of your time to man a booth at an
>> exhibition, but really, if you don't enjoy it, don't do it again.
> Judging from time spending with Andreas there, he stated many times,
> that he
> loves especially this event and even this was also my feeling.
> Even if he is working on a problem on his laptop, which assumedly
> was raised
> by a visitor, he is always so mindfull to recognize people needing
> help
> standing beside/in from of the booth.
> With kind regards, Jan.
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