[ubuntu-uk] LinuxWorld London 2006 Update for 24th September

ac "aec$news" at candt.waitrose.com
Mon Sep 25 17:17:01 BST 2006

Nik Butler wrote:
> Afternoon all. So its been a quiet week on the list regarding the 
> exhibition but that does not mean we  have not been hammering away 
> behind the scenes.
> First off thanks to Alan Helmore-Simpson and Paul Sladen for keeping the 
> Ubuntu Tablet demo project moving forward. By now Paul should be in 
> possession of the tablet so I  will await his response.
> Ana, has suggested being able to help out with Videos and reporting for 
> the day , is there anyone else whom wants to help on that side of the 
> project ?
> More people have signed up to help out on the stand. You can expect me 
> to be asking the commitment question next week to ensure we can start 
> planning who will be where and if equipment will need to be moved  and 
> how we can start to plan that.
> The Ubuntu  people have contacted me to confirm that the request for 
> SHIP-IT CDs is confirmed. Ive requested 600 CDs with at least 400 as PC 
> based and the remaining set broken down amongst 64bit and Mac versions. 
> I have also had the confirmation about the conference pack being sent 
> through. Speaking of marketing . Id like to order up some Polo Shirts to 
> wear on the day as well as Sell can I get a Commitment for at least an 
> order of 20 , since I can get the price reduced on larger quantities and 
> I can get 25 for £10.00 

I will commit to one, how do you want the money?

>each so guess what .. if we can get an order in 
> early we can sell the rest at the show and start putting our Ubuntu-UK 
> team pot together.  The lead time on the order is two weeks so the 
> deadline for getting in orders is next week !
> Ive spoken to the Ubuntu marketing peeps and they will be contacting me 
> next week to let us know if theres anything they are looking to focus on 
> at the stand.
> Things im still waiting for suggestions/content/materials/confirmation 
> of a good idea  on ; keeping it simple theres just a couple of things:
> 1. Things to Show/Demo during the two days.
> So yes we can show the desktop and we can show it working with hardware 
> thats a given but should we maybe plan to do some presentation, lighting 
> talks or Ask the Ubenteros moments ?
> 2. Things to talk to people about on the day .
> Other than CDs and Posters what topics do we all want to promote. The 
> Ubuntu Loco Team UK and its groups are a given here so why not build 
> around that , and how ?

Attending the previous two shows, I notice that most stands were the
conventional layout of a stand with a distinct 'us' and 'you' layout,
so that a passing visitor did not feel 'included' into the stand until
they took the hurdle of getting right in. Ubuntu being what it is and
its ethic, it would be great if there was some, even subtle way, of
reducing any physical barrier to having a quick look or a quick word,
from passing spectators. Obviously will depend on the actual layout
etc. And our attitudes on the stand too.

A recurring problem with newcomers  and non experts is about wireless
cards, including ndiswrapper. I am not at all an expert and have not
yet had the courage or the resolution to try using it and its
implications. Any newbie friendly demo etc would be most welcomed I
think (including by me), leaflets, videos etc.

> Id like to ask you all to help with committing to hardware ( even the 
> small stuff like cables and power bricks ) that will be available for 
> the show and how it will get to the show and I will be asking for this 
> prior to end of September.
> Im still waiting on comments from Brian about the stand dimensions , 
> fascillities and access so we are still working to a rough note here.
> Thats all for now, thanks again to those of you whom have committed to 
> helping out for the show your efforts are all much appreciatted.
> oh one more thing..
> Shall we all head out for a Drink and a curry on the evening of the Set 
> up ? Nothing to harsh for the evening but a good way to get to know 
> faces and people and ideas before the show. Im sure they'll be another 
> one after the event..

What are the chances of me finding a spare sofa in the area for the
night/several nights I wonder?
alan c

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