FUDcon Toronto 2009 (Part 1)

Sorry that I haven’t been able to post regular updates – FUDcon Toronto has been a whirlwind of great discussions and a whole lot of fun!

Actually we are still on campus at Seneca College right now hacking up a storm and having fun. We had a very impressive Net ‘hackfest’. I also talked a lot with Ben Boeckel and Rob Escriva who are RPI students (I am an almunae of RPI)🙂. They work with the RPI Center for Open Source Software and have convinced me I need to make a trip out to campus and help them get the word out about Fedora (and maybe bring some bling🙂 ).

Earlier today I had the Fedora portable usability lab set up in room D and I ran through 4 usability tests of Fedora Community with Fedora package maintainers here. I was really excited to chat with Ben Konrath who is working on Caribou which is an on-screen keyboard to help make GNOME more accessible – he is going to be conducting some usability tests as part of his work and I showed him the process I’ve been following with the Fedora usability kit and Fedora Community usability tests to help give him some ideas of things he could try.

I also discussed our desktop updates experience with Colin Walters and I think we came up with some good ideas, although I felt bad I had to run and cut our discussion short. Hopefully Colin will make a blog post about how that project is shaping out soon.🙂 I also talked a bit of design with Paul Frields, Clint Savage, and a bunch of other folks about Pulsecaster – they have some really good ideas about making Pulsecaster able to allow users to both stream and save to file screen casts and interviews. Really exciting stuff and it’ll make it easier for us to record high-quality demo videos of Fedora functionality!!

Even the Happy Fedora Hot Dog made an appearance at the hackfest…🙂

Here are some photos so you can get a feel for the event and see what your Fedora friends are up to if you were unable to make it here in Toronto.

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FUDcon Toronto 2009 Dec 6

The full set of of photos is available as well – I’ll be updating this as I can so keep checking back.🙂

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


6 thoughts on “FUDcon Toronto 2009 (Part 1)

  1. This is an awesome update! Keep on rocking!

    Posted by Marina | December 7, 2009, 1:24 am
  2. I, for one, would love for another GNOMEr to visit RCOS; Willie Walker’s coming later today, a visit from you would be quite awesome too! Yay, RPI🙂

    Posted by Tim Horton | December 7, 2009, 9:39 am
    • Rob already talked to Moorthy about it and it sounds like it’ll be a go so I’m going to start arranging it this week. I’m really excited to visit RPI again🙂

      Posted by mairin | December 8, 2009, 10:18 pm
  3. All people in the photos seems happy ! A good fudcon😀

    The photo with the red hat is a good one!

    Posted by Khudsa | December 8, 2009, 6:48 am
    • Absolutely! It was amazing event and everyone had a ton of fun😀 You should come next time!!

      Posted by mairin | December 8, 2009, 10:19 pm
      • Hehe even for those who cannot go, with your coverage of the event they are a little closer to it😀

        Posted by khudsa | December 9, 2009, 2:18 pm

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