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Ubucon @ South East Linux Fest

    Today, I was able to actually make it over to South Carolina for the South East Linux Fest. Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m there were some really great sessions. Here is the breakdown:

    • General Question and Answer - Amber Graner
    • Community Conflict Resolution Workshop - Jono Bacon
    • Write your own application using Quickly - Rick Spencer
    • Ubuntu Q & A - Pete Graner, David Mandala, Jono Bacon, Rick Spencer, and Amber Graner

    The order was a little scrambled due to connectivivity issues during the quickly session, which was great because it gave everyone a chance to get their installs caught up prior to starting the session.
    The Q & A session was great, and the crowd had many questions. Some people asked about why ubuntu supports so many different applications (for example, Media Players), They asked about the Support Offerings. It was also asked about fragmentation of Ubuntu, which was quickly defined as community derivatives. There might have been some minor confusion behind the differences between the Canonical Supported Ubuntu versions, and things like Mint, eeebuntu, etc.
    Ubuntu One file synching was brought up, and the plans for other gui managers, like KDE. There is a GSOC project that is in the works for a gui client for KDE.
    A question was asked about kernel regressions where the Ubuntu User stated that they needed to disable their ACPI in order to fix issues, but the issues were not prevalent in Jaunty and Karmic.
    The kernel team talked about how sometimes early in suspend/resume cycle, there was formerly no direct feedback. The Ubuntu Kernel team took lead lights and have connected them to the SMI bus and had morse code reporting. They then took a photosensitive reader and was able to have the corrct message printed out without the need of translations.
    Another Ubucon attendee asked about the plans for the next 5 years. Rick Spenser brought up unity and the work within the Ayatana Project. He talked about how many different devices are bring considered and that unity and the Ayatana project's goals are to try and get the best experience on all of these different devices uniformly.