just found out, that Iron Seed - one of my favourite games from the early 90 - is Open Source now - and that it runs perfectly with Fedora and DOSBox.
If you still like the 90´s Demoscene Style - this game is worth a look ;)
Even if i loved it, i never could really master the game, because of my poor english skills at that time, but helped me to improve on it ;)
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
thanks Robert Scheck for the extensive Event-Report
Hello everybody, even quite some time has already been passed after Open Source Days 2013 in Copenhagen (Denmark), I would like to spend a view words about it. I flew on the day before the event from Stuttgart to Copenhagen (interestingly it is more cheap to spend a night in a hotel than to simply fly a day later). At the early Saturday morning, I moved with our swag and booth material to the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) - one of the largest business schools in the whole nordic area (15.000 students, 900 employees). As in the years before, the team of the Open Source Days did already do a great job: They completely set up the area for booths, thus we were able to pick our table there. And in difference to my very first Open Source Days (OSD) event in 2010, they meanwhile have commercial exhibitors right next to the community guys. This is really a great improvement from my point of view Of course, Mads Kiilerich was also around. He is from Copenhagen and (from my point of view) he would be a great Fedora Ambassador, but he refuses to get one while focussing more on technical stuff. Nevertheless he is really a smart guy, who knows how to talk proper about Open Source, Free Software and Fedora. He also talked to quite a lot of the people in Danish, while I had to ask visitors to speak in English. Even I my Danish understanding is improving, it's still far from good enough to get everything or even from regular free speaking. Shopping without outing as a non-Danish person works usually if I don't get any "new" questions asked While setting up the booth, I recognized once again that we should have a more tiny roll-up that could be carried within regular baggage. All roll-ups I had easy access to would have been treated as bulky baggage with an extra fee. Unfortunately the LED projector/beamer wasn't helpful because we were not located next to a wall. Nevertheless, the blue Fedora tablecloth, an OLPC XO, two Raspberry Pi and a bunch of Fedora DVD, pins and swag did the job as well. Stickers were unfortunately not allowed due to experiences from previous years (I didn't see any abuse in the year they were allowed). I did not imagine, but the OLPC XO still attracts visitors to come to the Fedora booth - of course they are more focussed to the hardware. Same is also applying by the way for the Raspberry Pi. Most of them didn't knew the status of Fedora and ARM, so there was many news for visitors. Compared to my first Open Source Days participation the number of Fedora users growed, but this is subjective not objective as I do not track that. There also was a larger number of visitors who at least tried Fedora in the past, but did not like it for different reasons (most common ones are SELinux & systemd). In the afternoon, I had my talk "How the Fedora Project works". And it was quite funny to see that some Red Hat guys attended the talk. We ended up with a larger Q&A section where Fabio answered a nice amount of more Red Hat specific questions patiently. When I give such a talk the next time, I will ask for an own Red Hat guy before... But the most basic question about Fedora and Red Hat and how they work together was nevertheless raised a few times at the booth before and after. To explain why some technical Red Hat guys were around: The 9th Netfilter Workshop 2013 started on Sunday and thus overlapped with the Open Source days. They even had an own track for talks on Sunday related to networking and netfilter. I guess that was the public day, because the whole event is a closed invite-only 5 days intense workshop for kernel developers. In front of the event, I received an e-mail by Buddhike Kurera, that he is in Sweden these days and will likely attend the event - unfortunately he did not make it (and did also not reply to my latest e-mails). So it was just Mads and me covering the Fedora booth, but we are quite a good team for 3 events now. After the first day, there was a social event again...which mainly ends up in grabbing free food for dinner and having some nice (also non-technical) discussions and talks at a beer. Unfortunately they shut down really early at Copenhagen Business School on Saturday - 10:00 pm for the students cafe. But it aligns a bit with the rest of the city from my point of view, too. Getting up early on Sunday morning is always terrible to me, but managed it and moved to the Copenhagen Business School again and set up the booth together with Mads. The Sunday forenoon was a bit quiet (as usual), that was not too bad...I will explain later why. I gave my talk "Raspberry Pi as appliance" directly after noon and had more attendees than I expected. Last year my talk was also scheduled directly after lunch and I had like 10 attendees - while it was more than 40 people this time. Feels a bit like Raspberry Pi is more interesting that groupware when looking backwards Anyway, people are most attracted to hardware, less to the operating system that runs on it. On the other hand, this isn't too bad as ARMv5 support is going to be dropped with the end of Fedora 18. After the talk there were a lot of interesting questions, some dedicated to the hardware, but some also to software and specific projects like uboot or PXE boot while having only the minimum on the SD card. Another eye-catcher was the mini display that was connected to a Raspberry Pi via composite RCA and running a slideshow with Fedora wallpapers. I was able to get this done in the forenoon - if you remember, it was a bit quiet there. Unfortunately it is technically not that attractive as it optically looks, because OpenGL ES (Embedded System) is not the same as the regular OpenGL, so xscreensaver killed the system a bunch of times till I figured out this. Finally, fbi(1) did the trick ("yum install /usr/bin/fbi") via framebuffer. If you ever asked what happened to the Raspberry Pi that I received from the Fedora Project during the Summer of Open Hardware 2012, you now know it. Okay, that's not completely true, I actually did much more with it and finally discovered my interest in ARM. But these days, the Raspberry Pi is in use as show-case connected to a small display (thanks to Fedora again). Mads and I also did two video interviews: One was for a (private?) Danish TV station, which was handled by Mads and in Danish, because the guy doing the interview cared about keeping it in Danish - which I of course was not able to satisfy. But I am very sure that Mads did a great job, even I did not understand too much except the technical phrases. The other one was for a video project of a local community group; he didn't care about Danish or English thus I was able to help him. After the event we cleaned up our Fedora booth and helped the Open Source Days team a bit to shut down also their video infrastructure (especially the powerful cabling between the different floors and inside the rooms). My talk "Raspberry Pi as appliance" was recorded by the way and will thus be likely online in the future (it is not yet online). Work done, event was a success (if this can be measured somehow) and so finally went for a Danish dinner with Mads before leaving on the next day by plane to Stuttgart. And know what? No metro outage, no reaching the plane in the last minute - and no stress with missing baggage like last year. I unfortunately was very busy the last weeks, but I will upload also some pictures to http://robert.fedorapeople.org/events/ and you already can find my presentations at http://robert.fedorapeople.org/presentations/2013/ if you are interested. Finally, thank you, Mads! Without you, this event would definately not have been possible for me, because doing such an event alone does not work out. See you at latest next year...waiting for Open Source Days 2014 Greetings, Robert
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Miro with his 3D printer is a real magnet to the Fedora Booth - did you know that we have a extensive Fedora Wiki Page about 3D Printing?