FAD LinuxTag 2008:CountryOverview

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Country Overview

Summary for the FAD.

Responsible Ambassador (for creating the report)

The Ambassador here is not responsible by default because he creates and presents that report!

  1. Austria -
  2. France - MatthieuRondeau
  3. Germany - PeterReuschlein and MarcoZiesing
  4. Greece -
  5. Iceland -
  6. Italy - FrancescoCrippa and FrancescoUgolini
  7. Mozambique -
  8. Netherlands -
  9. Poland -
  10. Spain -
  11. Switzerland - FabianAffolter (so far)
  12. UK -

Austria

  • how many Ambassadors
  • 3
  • communication between the LOCAL Ambassadors
  • communication between the INTERNATIONAL Ambassadors
  • how many events / major events per year
  • which event is covered once/twice everytime
  • which event has to be covered in future
  • how much money you think, you'll need
  • local problems
  • local benefits

Germany

  • how many Ambassadors
  • 17
  • communication between the LOCAL Ambassadors
  • the main communication platform is #fedora-de on irc.freenode.net
  • personal meetings between ambassadors when nessesary


  • communication between the INTERNATIONAL Ambassadors
  • irc on irc.freenode.net (various channels, but also #fedora-de for all german speaking ambassadors)
  • Mailing Lists
  • Fedora EMEA Board
  • how many events / major events per year
  • 3
  • Minor Events
  • Release and Install Parties by local LUGs


  • which event has to be covered in future
  • CeBIT
  • how much money you think, you'll need
  • LinuxTag (20.000$)


  • local problems
  • wide spreaded suse/ubuntu/debian community
  • redhat/fedora not that well known as it should be
  • Microsoft is established in most companies
  • local benefits
  • good infrastrucure
  • many skilled people that might help
  • linux is spreading quite good

France

  • how many Ambassadors
  • 18
  • communication between the LOCAL Ambassadors
  • Association Fedora-fr
  • Mailing-list
  • Meeting on sunday evening
  • Several IRC channels
  • communication between the INTERNATIONAL Ambassadors
  • French Association
  • EMEA board
  • Ambassadors' Mailing-list
  • how many events / major events per year
  • Major events :
  • Linux Solution (http://www.solutionslinux.fr)
  • FOSDEM (http://www.fosdem.org)
  • RMLL (http://2008.rmll.info)
  • Events :
  • Release parties
  • Fedora|Lyon
  • Fedora|Paris
  • which event is covered once/twice everytime
  • Linux Solution
  • FOSDEM
  • Fedora|Lyon and Fedora|Paris
  • Release parties
  • which event has to be covered in future
  • RMLL
  • how much money you think, you'll need
  • Linux Solution : 5000 €
  • FOSDEM : see Fedora in Belgium
  • Release parties : enough to create local media (max. 500€)
  • RMLL : 5000€
  • local problems
  • Most of the french people do not really speak, or want to speak, english
  • local benefits
  • Best food of the world
  • Nicest girls
  • Tendency to improve the organisation

Italy

  • how many Ambassadors
  • 13
  • communication between the LOCAL Ambassadors
  • fedora-it mailing list (we've trying a merge between a lot of different Italian ml)
  • irc on irc.freenode.net (#fedora-it)
  • communication between the INTERNATIONAL Ambassadors
  • irc on irc.freenode.net (various channels, but also #fedora-it for all Italian speaking ambassadors)
  • Mailing Lists
  • Fedora EMEA Board
  • FAMSCO
  • how many events / major events per year
  • 3-5
  • which event is covered once/twice everytime
  • Linux Day (really big event in Italy)
  • Fedora by Night
  • Liberamente
  • Fedora Release Parties
  • which event has to be covered in future
  • pycon
  • The !OpenSource Days (business event)
  • Linux World Expo
  • how much money you think, you'll need
  • Linux day: 5,000 EUR
  • budget for 3000-5000 cd or dvds (currenty ubuntu is the main "sponsor" of this event)
  • stickers
  • Liberamente: 100 EUR for traveling
  • local problems
  • Distance between ambassadors get difficult to do meetings in real life and presence of many ambassadors in different events
  • English is a problem for a lot of Italian people
  • local benefits
  • Wonderful places to do meeting (Italy is beautiful)
  • Best food
  • Some cities are really well connected to the Europe with low cost flights

Switzerland

  • how many Ambassadors
  • 5 (three swiss ambassador and two ambassador who cover Germany and Switzerland)
  • communication between the LOCAL Ambassadors
  • we live in a small world and the German ambassadors are our local fellows  :-)
  • the usual technologies (phone, IRC, e-mail)
  • communication between the INTERNATIONAL Ambassadors
  • main communication with the German ambassadors (language issue)
  • how many events / minor events per year
  • 3
  • which event is covered once/twice everytime
  • OpenExpo
  • how much money you think, you'll need
  • 600 - 1000 CHF (= $) for OpenExpo (2x) and Linuxdays (travelling and accommodation)
  • local problems
  • 4 official languages (French, German, Italian (and romansh)) . The communication has to be done in French, German or Italian.
  • the swiss users get help from the communities around Switzerland (Germany, France and Italy)
  • Switzerland is a "rich" countries and the people have the money to pay for software (and often want)
  • most linux users are using Ubuntu and SuSE (OpenSuSE)
  • local benefits
  • we have the most beautiful mountains :-)
  • lowest goods and services tax (aka MwSt or VAT) in Europe
  • The swiss open source community is small and most people know each other and can help.