28 Nov 2000 flawed   » (Journeyer)

So, now that computer fair is over and I'm back at university. Summary:

  • All days: Lots of people who think Linux is another Windows app or think although they are too clueless even for their Windows boxes it will magically get better when they install Linux.
  • Friday: Played with the DECstation Linux together with ths.
  • Saturday: Felt adventurous and installed konqueror on my until then all-GNOME system and had the package dependencies mess up my XFree installation while doing so. Scrambled for recovery. Still, konqueror is a pretty nice app, esp. as a web browser. Installed the Nautilus packages too, but it isn't happy with my system libraries at all. Had some fun talk with a collector of old computers as well.
  • Sunday: Got annoyed with the AUGE people who provided the Internet uplink (thanks for that!) but tought it was a good idea to force all users through a badly underpowered proxy server. Had a much nicer talk with some people from a new LUG in Aalen and with some people of the now defunct CLTG. Tried to crack root on the SGI Personal Iris at the CC86 booth via sash, but it didn't let me.
  • Monday: The most relaxed day. More fun with the Personal Iris the CC86 people finally got cracked and networked using my AUI-TP transceiver. Then ths arrived and we had a look at his first stab at convincing the purple Indigo2 IP28 PROM to do something usable for Linux/MIPS. It is a bad hack, but it does print an exclamation mark on screen. :-)
    Then, chaos and excitement about the packing and loading after the fair. The fair management made a fuss about which cars were allowed to drive into the exhibition hall and thus we had to pack all 8 machines into one car. Well, it worked out, I got home, where my brother forced me to set up my box before I even could eat something for dinner, and the printer didn't work at first but I managed to get all that done before going out the see Placebo in concert. The sound wasn't that good, but they still played a nice show.
All in all, there were way to many clueless people among the visitors. It had some fun moments, but I don't think I'll be staffing the booth again next year.

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