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Tue, 15 Nov 2005

[LWE] First day...

We had some troubles with a broken computer, slow internet connection, no available storage room and some smaller problems.

Interesting visitors, ranging from "I'm using SuSE why should I change to Debian?", some "I'm using Debian and would like to thank you!" and some really hard technical questions. Quite mixed visitors...

In the afternoon the Linux New Media award was given away. For those who aren't familiar with it: It's the only free software related award I know of in Germany. It's given away yearly in several changing categories by a jury of over 200 people of the Free Software community and industry. A small history: 2002 one category was "best distribution" - Debian won it. 2003 one category was "distributions" - Debian won it. Bored by that, in 2004 Debian one no award itself - but in the category "best newcomer distribution" 4 out of 5 nominees were Debian based - Skolelinux / DebianEdu won it.

2005 we didn't won any award again - but is was again a success for Debian for two reasons:

  1. One category was "best Debian derivate" - it's so boring to give awards to Debian, that they made a "who's doing as good as Debian" award ;) (Not surprisingly Ubuntu won it.)
  2. In all but one of the six laudations for the winners in this years categories Debian was mentioned :))

This year they had one special award for "Outstanding contribution to Linux / Open Source". It was hard to decide, so many nominees... The City of Munich, the BBC, several country or state governments... it ended in a tie! This years winners are Mark Shuttleworth and the anonymous developer!

Yes, everyone of you out there, who ever submitted one line of code, submitted one useful bug report, wrote one line of documentation.. all you got an award! Congratulations!

Personal note: Somehow managed to hurt my knee... I'm too old for this...

Personal note 2: Special greetings to Meike who can't be here with us :(

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Alexander Tolimar Reichle-Schmehl lives in Tuttlingen / Germany. He works as IT manager (specialized on Unix and SAN/Storage) for an international automotive supplier.