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Open Source Weekend - conference report 28 January 2003
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The first Open Source Weekend conference was a great event. Our group started to arrive just after 9am, and I think we were all gone by about 5:30pm. We were located on the mezzanine floor, and despite a power failure during the middle of some installs, we managed rather well with our very good high traffic location.

Our group consisted of:

  • Robert Bernier
  • Jeff Breker
  • Diane Bruce
  • Trevor Curtis
  • Jeremy Faulkner
  • Dan Langille
  • Dru Lavigne
  • David Maxwell
  • Pat Wendorf
My thanks to those that came to help. We had helpers come from Kingston (200km) and Sudbury (500km) to be at the event. We had boxes running FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and even a Mac OS/X box. We gave away over 250 copies of FreeBSD which FreeBSD Mall donated to our event. The remaining 50 4-CD sets will be donated to the Ottawa Public Library.

FreeBSD Mall also gave us FreeBSD stickers, pins, and horns (which were very highly sought after; even Tux wanted to wear them).

There were two days to this event. The first day was similar to a trade show convention and that's where we were. I was also involved in the second day, which featured a demonstration network. If you look through the picture below, you'll find that the IKEA rack is shown many times. I had one guy tell me that he'd gone out and bought one after reading about it on this website. It suited his needs. And it performed well for this event, on both days.


There are two collections of photographs that I know of:

Here are some of my favourites from the above selection:


I've had feedback from one of the commercial companies involved with the event. They were happy with the results and thought the attendance was good especially considering this was the first Open Source Weekend. I have no doubts that next year we will have more displays not to mention more people. Big events have small beginnings. OSW is now part of the annual conference scene.

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