Emdebian at LinuxLive! 2008, London.
October 28th, 2008
After the cancellation last year, Linux Expo was merged into MacLive and CreativeLive as LinuxLive Expo - note that the domain names for previous conferences have all since lapsed. Emdebian shared the Debian stand in the .ORG village. Neil Williams and Nick Bane manned the Emdebian stand during the conference.
As this was a shared conference with Mac people, Neil ensured that an iBook G4 laptop running Debian Lenny was available to catch the eye. Connected to the Mac was the Balloon3 development kit, kindly donated by Toby!Churchill Ltd., running Emdebian 1.0 (based on Debian 5.0 "Lenny") which attracted a lot of attention. On the third day of the conference, Nick brought along a Lightwriter (based on Balloon2) to demonstrate the commercial application for the board and this was much appreciated by visitors and exhibitors alike.
As before with LinuxWorldExpo, most visitors were new to GNU/Linux or to Debian and we took the chance to explain how the freedom of the source code supports an ever wider range of packages, systems and devices.
Other developments included discussions with other Debian developers about issues within Emdebian that will be incorporated into future emdebian-tools code and ideas for developments in Debian to assist Emdebian that will be discussed further within Debian once Lenny is finally released. A possible Emdebian/Debian port to the Elonex1 (mips) mini-laptop may arise from discussions between exhibitors at the end of the conference.
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