Subject: NetBSD at the Linuxtag in Karlsruhe, Germany
To: None <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: netbsd-advocacy
Date: 07/14/2003 13:23:45
 * NetBSD at the Linuxtag in Karlsruhe, Germany

The Linuxtag in Karlsruhe is the biggest Linux event in Europe, and of
course NetBSD was present there too! The event happened in two buildings,
one for the conference, and one big exhibition area. A group of people
from BSD and related projects have setup a joint booth to present NetBSD,
FreeBSD and OpenBSD as well as OpenDarwin, OpenSSH and MirBSD.

At the NetBSD part of the booth, we had both hardware and merchandizing
items available. Hardware were a VAX, an hp300 machine, Sun SparcStation
5, a IBM Z50 (hpcmips), a Shark running the usual slideshow (:-), as well
as a PC notebook. All machines were showing what NetBSD looks like to
Linux people, many of whom have never heared of NetBSD or BSD in general,
and who were very interested to actually _see_ it.

Visitors were also able to get information on NetBSD as well as take CDs,
flyers, books, pins, plush daemons and other goodies. No t-shirts!
(Someone send me artwork to print... :/)

At the booth, Jaromir Dolecek, Jan Wagner, Andre Nicklas, Bernd Sieker,
Jochen Kunze as well as myself informed interested people about all the
differences between NetBSD and Linux as well as the various BSDs over and
over again.

Of course we (NetBSD :) were not alone in the booth. Besides ous were
FreeBSD with t-shirts, CDs, DVDs, books and flyers as well as Wim
Vandeputten's mobile OpenBSD merchandizing shop with lots of fine posters
and t-shirts. There were also developers from OpenDarwin and MirBSD
helping out with answering questions on either their systems or some of
the other systems.

Things missing that we should do for next year:
 * Get T-shirts!!!
 * Get at least one talk to present NetBSD, or even organize a whole

For some pics of the BSD booth, see:

The event that NetBSD will be at next is the CCC summer camp Aug 7th to
10th near Berlin, Germany (see, if you want to help at
the booth be sure to let us (me) know!

 - Hubert

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