[HLUG] Software freedom day - how it went

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I walked around the liberal conference in bournemouth  in my ubuntu teeshirt 
and hassled the 2 stalls using windows and congratulated the one using 
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From: "Julian Robbins" <joolsr1 at googlemail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 1:28 AM
To: "Herefordshire Linux Users Group" <herefordshire at mailman.lug.org.uk>
Subject: [HLUG] Software freedom day - how it went

> Hi
> Software Freedom Day went quite well. We weren't swamped by people, but
> the people who did come to find out what it was about, were genuinely
> interested and we spent quite a while with each person, giving
> information, demos and giving out DVD's. Quite a few were regular
> customer's of Matthew's that he had mentioned about SFD.
> We had one chap who had seen our posters who came in and was very keen
> to get a secure pc to just browse the web, check his emails etc. He
> wasn't a techie, just a regular PC user. Pete demonstrated his skipware
> PC with a Windows dual boot with Linux to show how the two can co-exist
> side by side. The chap was very happy to see an alternative to Windows,
> and may well end up buying a Linux netbook pc from Cookeys ! Another
> chap (who was French I believe) wanted to get Linux installed so he
> could try statistical programming with 'R', and SPSS (??). Another lady
> who was an existing customer of the shop, wanted to use a database and
> didn't want to pay £100 odd quid for MS Access. I showed her OpenOffice
> Base, and Scribus, Gimp etc for her graphic work. A number of people
> mentioned how bad a name 'the GIMP' is. Perhaps they should change it!
> Using the shop was helpful as it was fairly central, and Matthew made us
> very welcome considering he was also running his business alongside. All
> in all a successful event.
> To be honest, it would have been better to get more through the door but
> we would not have been able to help each person as we did on the day. We
> really hardly had any quiet patches with no-one to talk to.
> Hopefully next year with more volunteers (in the end it was me, Pete
> Linnell and Matthew who were there) we can attempt a bigger event. Many
> thanks also to Paul Stenning, for his very smart Windows based
> 'theopendisc.org' DVD's of Open Source applications for Windows which
> were a great help.
> Thanks,
> Julian
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