||Linuxfest Northwest 2007 Survey Results
|Where did you come from?
||How did you hear about it? (source)
|Word of Mouth||46|
|Googled for Linux Conference||1|
|I was here last year||1|
|been coming for a few years||1|
|Peers and Website||1|
|Linux Action Show||1|
|BC Fross, Open Source Google grp||1|
|Don't remember, some website||1|
|MythTV Users Forum||1|
|BTC CNET student||1|
|I'd been there before||1|
|Asked to speak||1|
|already subscribed to fest-list, orig: GSLUG||1|
|Linux Action Show podcast||1|
|Third year attending||1|
|instructor at BTC||1|
|Holly street banner||1|
|mail list, K12LSTSP||1|
|Linuxfest boot conference in Portland||1|
|Husband - attended last yr.||1|
|pnw ubuntu group||1|
|Bellingham Linux User Group||1|
|FVLUG Abbortsford BC||1|
|Coming for several years||1|
|Holly Street Banner||1|
|wetnet.net mailing list||1|
|The Linux Action Show! (LAS)||1|
|Internal to company||1|
|mailing list I *believe* was python usr grp||1|
|Banner in downtown Bellingham||1|
|Mailing list online, email discussions||1|
|SASAGI mail list||1|
|Linux Action Show||1|
|PHP Conference Vancouver||1|
|Holly Street banner||1|
|Seattle Plone User Group||1|
|TACLUG,Seattle linux list||1|
|4th year here.||1|
|In the Trenches||1|
|IT club at CWU||1|
|SSC Linux list||1|
|BTC calendar online||1|
|Your level of expertise
||Likely to attend LFNW again
||How many days this year
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Liked: Sunshine, participants, sponsors, party at Radio Museum.
Improve: Skip April Brews Day.
Liked: Community, good lectures, well attended by peers
Improve: Location Location Location
Liked: Two days! The expert talks.
Improve: Even more focus on non-overlapping talks and repeating talks. It was great this year, and hopefully will get even better.
The multiple food vendors on day 2. The 1.5 hour lunch break.
Presentations repeated on day 2. The Silicon Mechanics/Linden Labs
party. The OLPC, Google and Hacking the Cellphone presentations.
BTC is a great venue but I wish the exhibit floor hadn't been as
crowded on day 1. It was hard to talk to exhibitors on day 1. Maybe
there is a different configuration of tables possible. Possibly there
is a way to draw people into Haskell lobby as an alternate/expanded
exhibit floor. The Haskell common spaces are really nice and could be
utilized for some kind of exhibit/open activity, etc...
Liked: OLPC talk. Local vendors. Mythtv booth. kde mce booth.
Improve: better signs in the area. list of events/presentations clearly marked on website.
Liked: It was well organized. Seminars were easy to find and everyone was helpful.
Improve: More space for exibitors. The area was always packed and it was difficult to navigate.
I like that you had more presentations and doubled up on some of the
more popular ones. Also like more than salmon on the menu. It gets
better every year.
Improve: Some of the presentations
needed to be cleaned up a bit, but over all they where good. I'm not
sure why there needed to be a hour and a half lunch. Most people just
data around. I don't get to use Linux very often and that makes me just
a sometimes user. I would like to see more presentations on mid level
use. There were a lot of high end user presentations and a few lower
end, but not a lot of mid range.
Liked: I greatly appreciate
that the Fest was put together and made available to those interested.
I didn't get a lot out of it personally, but I do believe it helped
those people less familiar with the topics discussed. I plan to attend
Improve: The content of the lectures seemed more
to convince the audience to do something instead of giving instruction
on how to actually do it. For example, the "Strong Authentication"
lecture only recommended that we use one-time password keyfobs to
secure our applications and networks, but didn't really tell us how to
go about doing so. Shane Caraveo's talk about XUL was nice, but it was
too short to be of good value as he couldn't really get "into it" and
had to gloss over the topic. (Nothing against Shane, of course!) I
didn't really learn anything new from the talks. There was an IRC
channel set up for the Fest by someone, but I had a feeling that it
wasn't "official". I would recommend that next year there be an
official IRC channel advertised in advance. I would be interested in
highly advanced topics if such topics were available.
Liked: Finally got to meet my
entire Team, met a few vendors and collected some cards for contacting
in the future. Was a great opportunity to network with some great
Improve: Our team only had one table, and things
were a bit cramped for us. The room used appeared to be just a little
smaller then what we needed (was close the size, but was a little
Liked: 1) the fact that it WAS a 2-day event meant that I didn't miss it completely for not being able to attend on Saturday
2) there was enough fun stuff available to keep my 7 year old interested throughout the day
3) great opportunity to hook up with old friends and meet new ones.
4) descent network connectivity throughout
Improve: 1) More venders == larger area to hold them.
2) a greater podcasting presence to potentially offer up all of the presentations post event via podcast.
I enjoyed the Software Patents presentation by Karen Sandler and the
OLPC demo by Jesse Keating. Getting to meet fellow Linux users is
always a treat. I also enjoyed presenting, perhaps a lightning preso
session where each user is allowed 5 minutes would bring out some more
Improve: Inform presenters if there will be any
special restrictions such as a captive portal which would prevent
headless servers from joining the network.
Liked: Comfortable, casual feel, cost, sunshine! Radio museum reception was great, brewfest was too but for different reasons.
As a vendor: we had a five foot table, which would've been OK except
that we were between two companies with displays designed for 10-foot
show booths, so their backdrops overlapped behind our booth and we felt
wedged in. Also, in general there was no easy way to get around the
tables as they abutted each other.
The brewfest was still too loud and crowded. Suggestion: organize an
"ask a Geek" area associated with the brewfest where we can mingle with
each other and locals can mingle with us (hey, "Installfest at the
Brewfest") Or organize a beer voting and ranking system with live
updates people can observe over the evening (am I getting too wild with
Liked: Good speakers, well run, good to see exhibitors (big and small)...
Improve: I feel there is 1.5 days worth of 'stuff' so not sure two days works - but 1 day IS too short.
Liked: Spotty exhibits, but some were quite good (others were so-so). Same with lectures; some were quite good (but not all).
More detailed write-ups on the lectures should be available at the
fest, so I can make more informed last-minute decisions.
Also, Bellingham is FAR for me. I'm unsure if most of the folks were
from Bellingham or not (Bellingham isn't that large an area in terms of
population relative to Seattle). The fest should be located in an area
that's proximal to most of the attendees.
Liked: Catching up with my friends, the presentations were excellent. The program made everything easy to find and understand.
Improve: Nothing really. Very minor: Some of the rooms were a little stuffy like the AC was switched off?
Liked: minimal fluff
range of topics
range of material for different skill levels
other attractions than just Linux and hard tech stuff
Improve: still hard to attend all interesting presentations. Make it last a week ;)
run some presentations several times/day (general Linux interest stuff)
The lectures were far more than I expected given a local conference,
that "felt" from the outside that is was a small event. Turned out to
be larger and more impressive than I expected.
website for the conference and marketing (with small/no budget). If we
could somehow get the word out there via blogs, etc I think we would
get more credit and set higher expectations. If we received more
credit, we would get more attendees which would lead to more donated
dollars. (Obviously not linear). Next would be handling impromptu
volunteers. I showed up early, offered to help and there was nothing
for me to do. I volunteered again on Saturday and there was again
nothing even though everyone was clearly in "chicken without head"
mode. I would suggest a project/volunteer coordinator that everyone
that needs assistance comes to and this person could then farm out the
work. If this person was there, they sure were not clear about it.
Liked: Radio party! Booth
Babes! Liked meeting more of the exhibitors like StillSecure, SciMech,
Zenoss. Good to say hi to Pogo again. I liked all talks I attended. Was
surprised that so many on Sunday were so well attended, too. Talks were
pertinent and instructive. I think quality of the presenters was very
high this year.
Improve: Don't advocate April Brews Day anymore. Getting vendors to do a Fest party was a very good idea.
Liked: The Fest, Sat evening events.
We didn't know there would be so much food at the Silicon Mechanics
reception so we ate before we arrived. Hampton Inn was very nice but it
looks like they need Linux because their internet was down.
Liked: Having the high school
and WWU students do exhibits; the huge LCD display with EtherApeshowing
our bandwidth usage; the Silicon Mechanics server giveaway;
Liked: loved the diversity of presentations
Improve: number of us got into web discussions in a variety of places - might be good to see a design based track...
I'm in awe. This is an amazing fest. The caliber of presentations is
unbelievable. The guy from Real Networks, Livejournal, MySQL, plus
local practitioners. Very cool.
I liked the Indian food booth - invite them back next year!
Three days! ;)
USENIX LISA has BoFs and the "hallway" track where random conversations
turn into sessions with a guru. Informal stuff, mostly, but can really
be valuable socially and technically. Dunno what can be done to
facilitate these connections, but for next year I am thinking of
wearing a big "ask me about foo..." sign if I'm interested in
evangelizing and conversing about foo. Maybe a forum track
(presentations are half-duplex at best: good for transmission, but not
discussion) ? I brought the family up, figuring the wife and kids would
hang out in B'ham while I geeked out. They wound up staying for most of
Saturday. The robotics thing was great! I wonder if there is even more
could be done for kids. (I'm looking into 'coding it myself' and seeing
if I can contribute something to the fest.)
Liked: World Famous Raffle,
Everyone seemed really friendly and helpful, Fest volunteers were very
informative, presenters seemed to really know their topics, the after
party was awesome.
Excellent chance to meet up with fellow *nix users in the area to
exchange ideas and meet a few new friends. Also a chance to learn from
some of the greats in their excellent presentations.
Facilities were on the small side, especially for the exhibition hall,
but I think it worked out OK. In an ideal world, there would have been
fewer concurrent talks and have the talks in bigger rooms. It was tough
for me to attend all the talks I wanted to see as they were at
This is kinda nit picky, though, as BTC was gracious enough to let us
utilize the venue. And with that in mind it was GREAT!
Liked: Two Days
Liked: Good sessions, great lunch!
Improve: A bit far for me to travel for a day... would have made both days had it been closer.
Liked: robots and the hottie linix chic geeks!!!!
Improve: more hotties..? Better adverts for the fest locally.
Liked: Two day fest, good talks, relatively big name presenters.
Me winning the server in the raffle...
More interactive talks, perhaps workshop style, hands-on (a keyboard? )
ex: talk on ajax, the audience could build a simple 1 page script, etc.
Liked: Free t-shirts. I really
like the presentation on Thumb Fun with Linux (ubuntu) by Bob Lewis and
Network Monitoring with Nagios by Taylor Dondich.
I would like to see more "hands-on" projects, the technical work that
really proves the power of linux or any open source software. Something
like "setting up a web server" "setup a file server" or "configuring
Liked: Having 2 days was
awesome. Having continual functional easy to use wireless is a big plus
over some conferences I've been to. As a speaker, it was VERY low
stress, you guys did an awesome job organizing it.
A little bit longer between talks for tear down/set up time would be
nice. A "scratch" room to continue a conversation from a talk in would
be good too.
Liked: [*] It was fun to meet people there, friends old and new.
[*] The second day was great. (I wasn't able to make any lectures on Saturday, but I made two on Sunday.)
[*] And the Second Life/Silicon Mechanics afterparty was AMAZING!
Improve: I brought my son on Sunday to see the robots, and they weren't there!!
Broad in scope. Kids were welcome. Healthy mix of beginners to
extremely advanced. Lots to pick from. The Robotics group was great!
The game programming father/son team was great. Really enjoyed the
scripting for dummies speaker.
Improve: Love to see more of
the Robotics group. Love to see more embedded systems exhibits and
classes. Maybe somebody from ISACA related to Linux security. A third
day (lol). Even more for the kids! Maybe somebody from NASA and how
they use linux. A "hardware for dummies" presenter. More on Windows to
Linux conversion for Home users (without all the political smack talk)
Windows users will come if they feel welcomed rather than degraded for
using windows. Unless of course we're not wanted.
One presenter was really ill prepared and it took away from the event.
I understand Linux users are politically inclined towards free stuff
but one presenter spent more time on how he felt things should be free
than he did on being prepared to present. It was the one presentation I
was really looking forward to gaining from yet I got the least from.
Improve: More food choices.
Liked: Get to know people's theory of open source code and knowledge/options wise in opensource.
Improve: Please have more pratical examples and hands on situation. Be specific in the session titles or what not.
Liked: Lectures rocked
Improve: Space, sound systems
Liked: I enjoy everything
Liked: free :) well-rounded selection of lectures
Improve: larger exhibit hall/more exhibitors
Liked: Chance to get together with other birds of a feather
Improve: Presentation review & vetting: some appear interesting only to be completes wastes of time. Peer review before acceptance.
Liked: 2 days - more chance to hear all talks.
Improve: more exhibitors
Liked: Organization, lots of talks, diverse talks
Liked: Free! Good lectures.
Liked: Lots of useful talks
Improve: More repeated lectures
Improve: Schedule on website named 'Schedule'.
Make mailing list signup work from smart phone/pda.
Liked: Lectures and raffle
Liked: Less vendor selling seminars.
Improve: More workshops. Add workshops.
Improve: more sessions
Liked: Size was nice. Not too big or too small.
Liked: Create mix of guest speakers, fun to meet people from the community.
Improve: Almost starting to need more space...
Liked: Well round of keynotes
Improve: Grouped by speciality so that we can attend our speciality.
Liked: Two days to get more seminars
Liked: Great conversations
Liked: The various levels of the seminars, install fest, more chicks this year.
Improve: Some kind of posted skill level for each lecture. Maybe a 1-4 sentence description on the web page for each class.
Improve: Lecture videos online for later reference. Youtube.
Liked: I liked the turnout!
Improve: More people
Linuxfest provided my team (Ubuntu PNW) with an awesome venue to share
Linux with others . Thanks for everything! We would love to offer a
presentation next year.
Improve: The only thing I think
we could improve on is advertising for the fest. I think it would be
best to get the date up on event related websites as soon as it's known
AND start hanging posters a month or two in advance.
Liked: I actually got to walk around and go to talks this year. Last few years I had to stay at a table.
Improve: The best that could possibly happen is to have video in everty room so you could watch all the lectures online later.
Liked: Quality of info.
Liked: Very wide range of topics-no primary event. Everl level of expertise.
Improve: Looks like more space will be needed next year
Improve: Larger venue for keynote guest of some sort.
Liked: I was able to miss everything on Sunday and go to Canada.
Improve: Food selection. Beginner and Advanced courses.
Liked: The atmosphere. The event also scaled well, even though there were quite a few attendees, it felt "one on one".
Improve: No idea, just keep up the good work!
Liked: So much information.
Improve: Exhibits-more space/walking room
Liked: Variety of subjects.
Liked: The spirit of open source and the one laptop per child program really inspire.
Improve: Better advertising of the event to bring in more local business and educate them.
bigger exhibit area, more vendors(like linux Journal). Room direction
signs in Haskell, sell name tags to raise money. Raffle should start on
time, go much faster. How about have a computer flea market in the
Liked: I liked all of the diverse seminars.
Improve: Don't know.
Liked: The talks and the informal networking (social that is).
Improve: Require exhibitors to stay to the end of Sunday. Annoying that many were closed by noon.
Improve: The seminars should not start/stop back to back. Provide time to walk to next room or take a break.
Liked: Better presentations every year.
Improve: Longer hours to accomodate more pres. attendance.
Liked: Glad to have 2 days.
Raffle on Sunday to balance attendance both days. More presentations
middle of day w/ variety of lunch schedules. No need to have one
scheduled time for lunch for everyone.
Improve: The lectures could be more prepared beforehand. (Poperly set up network, etc.)
Improve: Directions for rookies-which are for beginners
Liked: Quality people
Improve: exhibit layout, access to front door, registration
Liked: I liked the variety of activities.
Improve: More presentations and exhibits. I enjoy talking to exhibitors.
Liked: The mints.
Liked: Glad to have 2 days this year to be able to see presentations I would have missed otherwise.
Improve: Don't need to schedule time off for lunch. Schedule 5 presentations each day and make lunch optional.
Liked: Linux - variety - from crude to very high tech.
Improve: More room.
Liked: The people are great, seminars are usefule, location is good.
Improve: More room for people and exhibits, maybe some workstations for novices.
I think a brief description of each talk would be great, i.e. I went to
a Linux @ home for beginners (considering myself a beginner and didn't
hear anything my 6 year old wouldn't know. Just more clarification, I
Liked: openness, nice people
Improve: Higher level content
Liked: Great people, good organization
Improve: more educated talks, like kernel hacking
Liked: Linux MCE
Improve: Free stuff
Liked: Greeters, weather
Improve: registration ahead
I must have missed something. All I saw was one room with a hand full
of venders. I folloed a sign to another building promising robotics and
game development but found only dark empty classrooms.
Liked: quality of presenters/presentations
Improve: Class/presentation ends at the exact time the next one starts.
You need a 15min. break to give time for people to move to next presentation AND for people to have a few minutes to setup.
Improve: Repeat some of the lectures. There were too many that I wanted to see and only so much time to see them.
Liked: Copywright and Patent discussions
Improve: Presentations should be available on a CD, or for download.
Liked: 2 days was great. Street signs were good. Salmon lunch was excellent. After party totally kicked ass!!!
Food on Sunday was mediocre. Brew fest is so oversold, it;s not even
worth mentionning. Hampton Inn needs a new ISP (I know this is NOT a
Fest problem ;-)
Liked: Folksy atmosphere and friendly people.
Liked: That it was two days. Saturday night Linuxfest party.
Liked: The connections and extending the open source project
Improve: More exhibits
Liked: A chance to attend a workshop I missed because of a conflict. I loved Sundays. Thanks for making this the best fest.
Improve: Divide raffle over two days.
Liked: Lots of exhibits,lots of friendly people!
Liked: There's a lot to see.
Improve: More food!
Improve: More exhibits.
Liked: More seminars/lectures.
Liked: Thanks for the two day format. Don't be discourged by low volumes on Sunday-it will take a few years for folks to get it.
Improve: This many geeks in one place need a liitle help on how to share space and respect their neighbors.
Liked: Non-commercial feel.
Liked: Basically everything.
Improve: More exhibit space would be great, but thats about it.
Liked: It's free.
Squeeze more sessions into the days and have them repeat more often if
possible. Survey each of the seminars to identify desired repeats. I
found they ranged from really good to ok. Some sessions were forced
into 60 minutes.
Liked: Well organized, good speakers.
Liked: Seem to have more beginning talks.
At some point you should start including more intermediate talks. Need
more room in exhibits hall. The three times I was in there, it was
impossible to move.
Improve: More space.
Liked: Learning new stuff. Filling gaps in knowledge.
Improve: Linux adoption.
Liked: 2 days. Easier to schedule attendance.
Liked: Repeat presentations.
Liked: Just about everthing.
Liked: Chances to talk to new folks. Relatively quiet party was great.
Improve: Ride share coordination. Smaller posters witjh more relevant information.
Liked: All the free shirts,pens and stuff given away. I liked there was a lot of presentations to choose from.
Improve: Can't knock it.
Liked: Many exhibits. Nice facilities.
Liked: Fun. Schwag.
Liked: Beerfest and lectures.
Liked: @ days with seminar duplication!! I got to see almost everything I wanted.
Improve: More hands on seminars/lectures.
Liked: Presentations: OpenID,Python,LibreServices
Exhibitors: OneLaptop per Child,PSNUG,Bookstore
Improve: Provide more veggie food-you were out by the time I got to order.
Liked: Like the second day added.
Liked: Whats not to like?. Favs: MythTV booth,copyright talk by Karl Fogel.
Liked: Variety of seminars offered at several times.
Improve: More entry level subjeect matter(novice level).
Liked: Linux MCE
Improve: More free stuff
Liked: Free stuff
Improve: More free stuff
Liked: The demos and the chance to test out other versions of software.
Improve: More in depth panel driven demos.
Liked: Variety, fun to be around other enthusiasts
Improve: More in depth on hacking Linux systems
Improve: Epand booths - score more exhibitors
Liked: There was a nice mix of vendors and there are repeats in the presentations so if you miss one you can have another chance.
Liked: Presentation topics, booths
Improve: Nothing, maybe space
Liked: Seeing the MIT children's computer
Improve: Its pretty good - lots of conversations going on!
Liked: Knowledge / contacts made
Improve: More vendors / bigger selection
Liked: The people are freindly and helpful.
Improve: The map of where the rooms are.
Liked: Very friendly, interesting cross-section
Liked: Location and seminars
Liked: Free software info, friendly people, well organized.
Improve: Coffee should be served all day!!
Liked: Impressed by fact of urban market district having this good a show
Improve: Nothing, good enough
Liked: Prominence of free software vendors and information.
Liked: Seminars get better
Improve: Exhibitors can be more diversified
Liked: It was
Improve: Label seminars/lectures for skill level
Liked: Not corporate
Improve: Diversity in talks next year - some are the same as last
Liked: Freiendly exhibitors. Ability to network.
Liked: Great grassroots
Liked: The opportunity to learn without cost or hassle
Improve: Culinary services should have out salt/pepper
Liked: The exhibits
Liked: Seminars are interesting and useful
Improve: More exhibits would be nice
Liked: The people
Improve: Booth space
Liked: Free T-shirts
Liked: Bunisoft girl. Seeing friends, making friends.
Liked: Lots of swag this year
Improve: More entertainment
Liked: Good seminars
Improve: Name tags for visitors
Liked: Exposure to potential new Linux users
Liked: More and better lectures
Improve: Food lines
Liked: Free Ubuntu live-CD, plus experts, enthusiasm and encouragement to try it.
Liked: Community run, not a tech publisher or vendorfest.
Improve: The cooking classrooms suck for presentations.
Liked: Interesting individual exhibits
In my opinion the handling of the raffle was a complete mess.
Trying to get everyone to crowd into the exhibit hall was a bad idea.
If a fire alarm had gone off, I bet some people would have been
It seems like you should have closed the raffle 30 minutes before the
last lecture ended, picked the tickets and then posted them on a few
Or perhaps held the raffle outside where there was far more space, and
people wouldn't be tripping over each other.
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