Linux Days 2012
was an excellent opportunity for me and a couple of friends to go on a
short tourist trip to Prague. The conference took place at the Czech Technical
University from October 20 to 23. LinuxDays replaced the LinuxExpo
conference and was held for first time in 2012. It was combined with
openSUSE Conference, Future Media and Gentoo miniconf. Most of the
presentations were in English although there were several events in
We registered to the conference on Friday. The entrance was absolutely
free and each attendant received a gift bag with a cute openSUSE
mascot toy. At Friday night we visited the small opening party at Cafe Traverza
that is housed within the fantastic building of the National Technical
Library in Prague. After that we joined a group of Linux experts
from Brno (primarily RedHat employees) for a drink at an
excellent pub where we tried the famous Czech beer and tasted some
delicious traditional meals.
I guess that LinuxDays organizers are Star Trek fans because the
presentations were split into 4 rooms named Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and
Spock. The first day schedule was busy with many interesting events happening in all rooms. I would like to highlight the
presentations related to openQA, Wayland, ownCloud and LibreOffice. The presentation of Thijs de
Vries about gamefication caught my attention although I decided to
attend to it at the last minute. This topic was recommended to us by our countrymen from Bulgaria Viden Ivanov and Samuil Velichkov that we met by chance during the conference.
The first day of LinuxDays ended with a big party at Klub Lavka. There were
some free drinks and snacks while a talented DJ was showing his skills
with Overtone and Emacs
On Sunday we had time to visit the booths of Fedora, openSUSE, Gentoo, LibreOffice, OpenMobility as
well as the 3D printer workshop. We bought openSUSE T-shirts and I got
a cool OpenMobility T-shirt as a present :)
After lunch we attended the presentations for
OpenMobility summer contest, openSUSE ARMs and Nix OS. We left the
conference earlier and we went on a short sightseeing tour in Prague.
Monday and Tuesday were reserved to openSUSE events only. The focus
was on the openSUSE release schedule and community. Open-source
products such as openQA and Open Build Service (OBS) were often highlighted. A
presentation about systemd was particularly interesting for me
because of the usage of D-BUS IPC.
I had a lot of fun and I met a lot of interesting new people in Prague
during Linux Days 2012. After five fabulous days my friends and I had to
leave but we are already looking forward visiting the city again.