[ubuntu-marketing] Ubuntu-be.org spreads Ubuntu love at VLOD education conference
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Sun Mar 11 20:12:21 GMT 2007
François Cauwe wrote:
> Full report with pict's:
> Ubuntu-be.org spreads Ubuntu love at VLOD education conference
> During the 4 day long Flemish education conference, the Ubuntu-be.org
> volunteers spread their edubuntu enthusiasm around the directors and
> ict-responsibles of all Belgium schools. The VLOD-conference is the
> biggest education conference in Flanders which about 8000 people, mainly
> decisionmakers attend. We started on Monday at 10 o'clock with a
> workshop about edubuntu in schools, and after that we manned the booth.
> The results were astonishing; people were interested to discover this
> system everybody was talking about. We showed them the possibilities and
> advantages of 'free software', and gave them a demo of thin clients. And
> quickly we had more people listening at our booth than our colleagues
> from Vista.
> On the first day after the closing of the conference, all the people
> from the Vista booth came over to ours to discover what was happening,
> so we spread the ubuntu-love among them as well...
> The week went on and gave us a really good feeling about it, schools
> were really interested! People mailed us with questions, came back to
> thank us, telling that it was fantastic that everything simply worked.
> Some companies came to tell they used ubuntu in their showroom as well,
> and they wanted to help us, even with sponsoring... It was just
> On Wednesday we also had South-African visit from Canonical, Richard
> Weideman was in Brussels, so he also visited the conference.
> A bit later we also got a visit from the "Education Business Manager" at
> Microsoft Belgium, Christian Ramioul.
> In total we distributed more than 700 CDâ€™s and collected more than 300
> names and email addresses from interested people.
> We would also thank all the volunteers that helped us make this
> possible! Especially:
> * Annelies Bollen
> * FranÃ§ois Cauwe
> * Xavier Cauwe
> * IsmaÃ«l Demiddel
> * Guy Duportail & linux-service.be: our sponsor
> * Jan Fabry
> * Jens Timmerman
> * Dieter Verfaillie
> * Richard Weideman
> * Mark van den Borre
> * The inevitable invisible and forgotten volunteers
Well done all! And thank you for posting here, I have really liked
hearing such news!
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