Ian Geiser and I traveled to Monterrey, Mexico to attend the KDE booth in the ExpoLinux 2004 Business Summit (1st to 3rd November). The Expo was located in a place called Cintermex, specially adapted for conferences and expos. There were like 25 booths with local business showing business solutions. The biggers being Novell, IBM and Hewlett Packard. We were in a normal booth, and the fact that ours was one of the most visited was very interesting.
We also had the opportunity to spend time with the Monterrey Linux User Group and share lot of ideas for promoting KDE there. Some of the LUG members where interested in starting coding KDE stuff. We will see if Mexico gets more involved in KDE in the future.
A very interesting experience happened when we were invited by Manuel Hernandez from open|Sys to a school (Colegio Euroamericano de Monterrey) were they deployed SuSE / KDE in 180 PCs. The children use KDE from the first moment they touch a computer in the school. We had a discussion with teachers and listened to their needs, most of them (remote desktop and kiosk) was a matter of upgrading the deploy.
We see this deployment as a success case and a great opportunity to have a live installation to test the edutainment project.
- Event Logo (image)
- Preparing the KDE Booth (small) (big)
- Ian and Duncan at the booth (small) (big)
- Ian telling the crowd about KDE and the community (small) (big)
- Duncan showing Mr. Potato (the most popular Linux app of the Expo) to a kid. (small) (big)
- The Hewlet Packard booth was very nice (small) (big)
- The interest in KDE dev tools made Ian improvise a technical talk focused in RAD development. The talk was translated to Spanish in real time. (small) (big)
- Duncan giving the scheduled talk. The talk was about KDE community, technology available for users and developers and future directions of the project. (in Spanish) (small) (big) (PDF slides)
- Duncan (KDE), Louis (openoffice), Juan Pablo (Gnome, our host in Monterrey), and Ian (KDE) (small) (big)
- One of the labs running KDE (small) (big)
- This is a Linux Zone (small) (big)
- Ian and Duncan answering kids questions (small) (big)