SWAG, as it’s also known, is the story for me this week and it’s been one of those good news, bad news kind of situations.
It’s a big opportunity to show NY State Educators the monstrous amounts of work being done at RIT with OLPC, SugarLabs.org, the Fedora Project, and TeachingOpenSource.org. Especially since we won’t be “preaching to the choir.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I love FOSS conferences, and I know there are lots of like minded people who want the scoop on what we’ve been up to. It’s just that there’s something special about giving free software to someone who isn’t all that familiar with what we do.
The bad news — I had 5 days to scrounge up enough SWAG for our booth. If you consider shipping times, then yes, the phrase “oh crap!” would be appropriate.
So at this point I need to thank the flowing people for going above and beyond and getting boxes of goodies in the mail, simply because I asked.
- Brian Powell and his sweet wife for sending Fedora pens, conversation stickers and Tattoos
- Chris Neves for sending Fedora 11 discs, “Powered by Fedora” stickers, buttons and Tattoos.
- Adam Holt and SJ Klein for sending OLPC postcards.
- Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier for giving me permission to use the Free openSUSE 11.1 Quick Ship discs we had on hand and for suggesting openSUSE Edu Li-f-e disc for our booth.
I also need to give special thanks to my dear sweet husband, Todd, for spending his Saturday making openSUSE Edu Li-f-e and Sugar spins for us.
I do have to correct the fabulous Mel Chua when she said — “Short version: Karlie is Magical.”
No, Mel, the community is Magical. Without their quick action, we’d have a very poor presence at NYSCATE.