Grazer Linuxtage 2013

Every April, a couple of dedicated free software enthusiasts host a conference called “Linuxtage” at the FH Joanneum in Graz.

It’s an awesome little event that has grown organically over the last couple of years to the point where it really isn’t that “little” anymore.
Nevertheless, great management has ensured to maintain the approachable small-town feel of the conference meaning that walking through the location you’ll see everything from local seniors looking for a new challenge to Canonical employees demoing their cutting edge mobile platform.

Our very own Kevin Krammer is actually part of the organizing team and made sure that KDE always had a booth. However, staffing a booth and being responsible for literally anything else at the same time is always problematic so this year, I offered to take over the booth.

Claudia Rauch, our hardworking business manager offered to send me some t-shirts, bags and buttons to sell which were great.
Moreover, Kevin also organized a couple of KDE branded USB sticks which were a huge success.
But I also wanted something that I could hand out so that people could try out KDE software at home so I contacted the OpenSUSE promo team, which, without hesitation, agreed to send 100 freshly pressed DVDs of their newest release coupled with some additional promotional material right to my door step.


The booth itself was perfectly placed in a hight-traffic corner (apparently, it does helps to know the organizers 🙂 and I got to show off KDE to a very diverse audience.

Personally, I’ve always found it hard to quickly describe “KDE” to someone outside the FOSS world so after a couple of hours I instead ended up devising an alternate strategy: Vaguely describe KDE as a “community of like-minded people working on free software” and instead focus on a specific application: I asked people about their most exotic (non-standard) application and tried to find a KDE equivalent. Interestingly, that worked almost always and I got to show off, among others, Krita, the music editor flake in Calligra Words, Skrooge and RKWard.

All in all, it was a great event. We raised more than € 200.- for the KDE e.V., got people who had never even heard about KDE excited about it, and discussed the Join the Game program with those that already were.

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Peter Grasch