Re: Disappointment about the appearance of our CLT booth

From: Michael Mohn <>
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2009 14:04:54 +0100

Am 22.03.2009 um 10:21 schrieb Julien BLACHE:

> Andreas Tille <> wrote:
> Hi Andreas,
>> 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.
> 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.
> Even on Solutions Linux, which is a professional exhibition, those are
> the people we see most at our booth.
> Enthusiasts make up for a small part of the people we get to see, and
> they come see us for a variety of reasons: saying hello, meeting the
> developers of their favorite distributions, giving some feedback on
> stuff they've done, telling us about Debian installations we couldn't
> even dream of, getting their laptop fixed, getting some help on
> packaging something, ...
> That's what these exhibitions are for.
> 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.

i completely agree.
that should be, what is done on a fair. a lot of community work.
get the people to remember you (and the project) as friedly, helpful
and aware of the problems and so on.



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