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Fedora will be exhibiting at LinuxFest NorthWest

What, When, Where

LinuxFest NorthWest (LFNW) 2018

LinuxFest Northwest (LFNW) 2018 is the 19th annual premier Linux event in the northwestern U.S. Two days of Linux related talks, exhibition space for clubs and vendors, after-fest event on Saturday and the World Famous Raffle. About 2600 people attended in 2017.


The event is free but you will need a badge to get into events, so register online and you can pick up your badge at the Friday Night Party or at the festival.


Two hotels near the conference and airport have special LFNW rates and there are many other hotels in the area.

Fedora Workstation

For students and professionals, Fedora offers the stable Workstation. Fedora Workstation allows for multitasking, multiple monitors, and many Office and Development applications. Fedora is not only an alternative to competing OS's, it is a stable replacement.

Why does Fedora attend LFNW?

The annual LFNW event is student driven and hosted at Bellingham Technical College (BTC). Students handle all the IT from Infrastructure to problem solving. BTC students do not get paid to support the event, however, they do get a lot of experience as IT people and Classroom Monitors. The event draws students from BTC as well as Western Washington University (WWU), also in Bellingham. We also see college instructors and IT professionals.

Fedora attends this event every year for the purpose of connecting with students, professors, IT professionals and enthusiasts. There are many who come to the event to learn more about Linux. We encourage people to give Fedora a solid run.

What is the focus of the event?

This year, LNFW is has a five-fold focus. Talks are to be based on "Humans", "Education", "Code", "Security", and "Infrastructure". At the Fedora Booth, we will be focusing on "Humans" and "Education".

How does our attendance at this event build users or contributors to specific Fedora solutions - and why are those particular solutions important?

We engage people in discussion about what Fedora offers. People from many backgrounds come to the Fedora Booth. The goal is to talk to people and to demonstrate what Fedora Desktop can do for them. People want a practical computer experience. On a basic level, Fedora offers a secure foundation to research the Web, check email, and network with friends and family using a variety of applications. Moving up, we demonstrate the multi-tasking capabilities of LibreOffice, and Personal Information Management. We not only talk to people about Fedora, we show them what Fedora can do.

How does our attendance at this event build users or contributors to the Fedora platform overall.

Patrons who are interested enough to hold a conversation, we will get their information and send them a simple email. In the email we will have links to the Fedora Project as well as links to the various applications to help them succeed with Fedora. If they are interested in contributing in some way to the Fedora Project, we will provide them an avenue to get started.

Measured Success

This year we have a bar/QR code scanner. For patrons who wish to have more information, we will scan their event badge into a spreadsheet. During the following week we will send them an email with links to help them get started. In the past, we measured interest by how many Swag items we passed out. This year we will be able to do a simple head count of interested people.


Friday booth setup 3PM to 5PM. Saturday and Sunday Exhibition hall open from 9AM to 5PM. If you would like to come help at the booth please let Jeff Fitzmaurice know and add your name below.

Current Attendees (Users)

Jeff Fitzmaurice will be there for set-up on Friday and then all day Saturday and Sunday.


Nichole Fitzmaurice will be there for Saturday to do some art for kids who drop by the booth.


Item Budget Bucket Comments Actual
Sponsorship 0 Ambassador Individual sponsor ship payable to Jeff Fitzmaurice $80
Travel $60 Ambassador Jeff Fitzmaurice for commuting each day $28.66
Shipping $140 Ambassador event box (including swag), banner TBD
Total $200 Ambassador Including shipping and fuel costs TBD
Grand Total TBD Ambasssador TBD

Budget ticket

Post Event Summary

LFNW2018 has come and gone. At the booth this year we had Michael Hrivnak from Red Hat. Michael spoke on Kubernetes. We also had a surprise visit from a long time friend of Fedora, John Dulaney. John helped at the booth fielding the more complex aspects of Fedora. We also had Nichole Fitzmaurice. Nichole did some digital art on Krita to display the end-user capabilities of Fedora as an everyday-driver. All in all, the event went very well. We connected with many Fedora patrons comprised of K-12 students and undergraduates as well as teachers, instructors and career people. More can be seen at my blog at

Travel Subsidy Requests
Each attendee requesting travel subsidies for the event should be listed here including the information requested in Sponsoring Event Attendees.