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GNOME at the 'Journées du logiciel libre'

This April 2–3 2016 the 17th Journées du logiciel libre (Days of Free Software) were held in Lyon (France).

GNOME 3.20 was demoed on the stand, running on Fedora 24 alpha, and goodies such as t-shirts were proposed to our visitors. Lots of persons came to visit us, from complete beginners to seasoned users and I noticed some patterns in the questions of the beginners: lots of visitors asked whether GNOME is an operating system (or "like Ubuntu"), while others asked if they were able to install it on Ubuntu.

On a side-note, we accidentally changed the code of the event box's padlock when locking it at the end of the first day, hopefully Matthieu "starmad" Gautier was there to save the day by brute-forcing the padlock, trying hundreds of combinations, and allowing us to install the stand again and greet our visitors decently.

starmad gauging his opponent, photo by Didier Roche

To participate to this event and to help on the GNOME stand I had to trip from my hometown of Montpellier (France), it was a two hours trip by TGV and I was glad to meet lots of GNOMies again (Mathieu Bridon, Matthieu Gautier, Haïkel Guémar, Bastien Nocera, Frederic Peters and Michael Scherer) and to meet Didier Roche for the first time. We had a great deal of fun together! =)

This event was really nice and I hope I'll be able to help next year too, and more importantly: I hope to see you there!

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