Conferences

We are at Oggcamp 2014!

As the title says, we’re at Oggcamp 2014!  If anyone wants to come up and talk to us, please do.  I promise I don’t bite and I’m really friendly.  You’ll find me wearing a Simplicity Linux t-shirt or look for David Purse on my name tag.  We’re here for the party tonight and for all of tomorrow.

Oh, and we recorded a small interview for Hacker Public Radio today!  Just a little bit about why we come to OggCamp, Simplicity Linux and what my wife does when she isn’t nagging me to do PR :p And we might do more stuff for them too in the future.

100th post and musings after the #Oggcamp party

So, just had a lovely evening at the Oggcamp party, spending a couple of hours with Phillip Newborough, and his wife and stepdaughter.  Obviously I knew Phillip because of Crunchbang, but I’d never spoken to him.  Lovely guy and lovely family.  It’s one of the reasons I go to Oggcamp.  There are giants in the Open Source field there who you can approach and talk to.  Try doing that in the Closed Source world with folks from Apple or Microsoft.

But, when I got in I was looking over stats (I’m a geek, I like numbers and pretty, pretty graphs!), and saw that 50% of the downloads from the last 3 days have been Linux users.  That is a shift, because almost every release until now, the majority of downloaders have been Windows users.  I even wrote a post about it here at the beginning of the year.  This time however, 50% of the downloaders are Linux users.  So, that must mean a couple of things

1) People using other Linux distros are trying Simplicity and
2) People using Simplicity are staying with Simplicity

For those thinking I am getting big headed, you have me wrong.  I’ve never been in this for money or notoriety. I like Open Source.  I like Puppy.  I just think with a bit of polish, Puppy can look better and be more appealing.  The cartoony look and single click didn’t appeal to me.  But that is part of the Open Source ethos, if you don’t like something, make it the way you want it to be.   I’m just glad that I can call myself an Open Source developer and be a part of this incredible community.

We are at #Oggcamp

Being massive fans of the open source community, we are at Oggcamp!  We arrived yesterday a bit soggy in Liverpool and decamped to our apartment about 15 minutes walk from the event before heading off to explore Liverpool and then go party with a lot of geeks at the launch party.

So, if you’re at Oggcamp and you want to say hi, come find us.  We’ll be the ones walking around in the Simplicity Linux t-shirts and hoodies.  You can come talk to us and although we can’t promise to be able to fix any problems you may have with Simplicity, we can give it a try!

Plus we have a netbook running a very, very rough version of Simplicity Linux 14.1 if you want to see how all that is taking shape!  And if you’re at the Oggcamp party tonight, we’d love to chat with you about anything!  We’re quite friendly and we don’t bite, so come over and say hi!

We’re off to Google IO Extended 2013 in London!

We’re going to Google IO Extended 2013 in London in a couple of weeks.  Quite excited about it actually.  I’ve got a list of 20 or so talks I want to see, and I’m looking forward to chowing down on free hog roast and BBQ and drinking free beer.  Gotta love geek events!

The cool thing for us is that, although probably no-one will give a damn what OS we’re packing on our devices, we should have Simplicity Desktop 13.7 Alpha running on at least one netbook (my wife is still a die hard Windows fan…).

So, if you happen to see us (we’re planning on wearing Simplicity Linux t-shirts) then come up and say hi.  We’re friendly people and we’d be happy to talk geek.  And if you want to check out 13.7 Desktop Alpha, we’re happy to give you look!

Oh! We’re Going To Oggcamp!

So, as massive fans of Linux Outlaws, we are heading out to OggCamp 2012 on Friday.  Yes, we live down South (same town as Ben Ainsley!) and yes we’re quite probably insane.  But hey, what’s sleep deprivation and an 8 hour coach trip for OggCamp?  Plus we’re staying in the official hotel, which looks very decent.  If you see us around, come say hi!  We’re friendly and we don’t bite, although the UI designer is a complete and utter non geek, doesn’t own a computer, and has only a passing interest in tech, so please be nice to him!

The other couple of things to mention are that we will have a couple of machines running Simplicity 12.10 Alpha Netbook and possibly Desktop or Media.  And we might have our new, extremely alpha Raspberry Pi Simplicity Linux release.  We will update on the Raspberry Pi release on this blog, because, well, we have a Rasp Pi unit, and we quite like it.  Now if we could have a Simplicity release for it…