Brazil kicks ass

Got back from my trip to FISL 8.0 in Brazil and I had an insanely good time. After my rather tortuous trip, I checked into the hotel, and headed straight to FISL where I met with Sulamita (my tour guide and the queen of sarcasm) and the Intel chaps. I spent three days and took back a number of very cool memories and thoughts, which include:

  • The the ubuntu-br team are incredible. They did an excellent job at FISL and were a very cool bunch of people indeed. They did some long days answering the questions and dealing with the huge amount of interest in Ubuntu. Well done folks!
  • Was great to meet Aaron Seigo, Keith Packard, J5, Jim Gettys, Simon Phipps, Knut Yrvin and Lucas Rocha again. Aaron never ceases to amuse me and we always have a laugh when we meet up. Hope to catch up with the tiny little bastard again in the future.
  • FISL is well run, quite community orientated and has a huge government presence. The talks were well organised and schedule made sense. A well run event that was always very well attended.
  • Ubuntu was by far the most dominant distro being used on computers from what I saw. This is pretty much a trend at conferences now. Yes, I know thats a smug thing to say, but I care not. :)
  • A drunk a lot, and slept very little. Every night I went to bed at around 5am having been out drinking with a bunch of people in Porto Alegre. At one point about 100 or so geeks wandered down the road shouting and chanting as we tried to find a bar. Was a pretty unique sight. The last night was great as we drunk through till morning and I saw a nice, crisp early Brazil morning which was fantastic. :)
  • OLPC was rocking and rolling as ever. Great work from the folks there. :)
  • A lot of Brazilians love Slackware, and there was a large Slackware presence there. Slackware was my first ever distro when I got into Linux, good to see it is strong in Brazil. :)
  • My talk went down very well, and the resulting blogs have had very favorable reviews. Thanks so much for your kind comments people. I had a blast doing it, and the audience were very receptive, fun and full of great questions. :)
  • Taxi drivers in Porto Alegre seem to think traffic lights are ambient lighting and other cars are fun things to drive as close to as possible. Madness.
  • If you were there, no I don’t have tattoos on my ass, if you weren’t there, don’t ask.

Brazil is a wonderful, wonderful country, and the people who I met there were incredibly friendly and welcoming. As I do quite a bit of travel, I occasionally come back from somewhere with a particular fondness for the country and the people, and Brazil has so far topped my list. I found it a stunning place with incredibly passionate people and a real drive and motivation for free software. I came away from the trip even more enthused and excited about everything we all do with free software than before. I really admire dedication, passion and excitement in people, and the people who I met at FISL have it in droves. Thankyou to everyone who was so incredibly kind and welcoming to me. Rest assured, I will be back to your incredible country. Thanks also to Sulamita for being an excellent tour guide and always demonstrating an ability to take the piss out of me when I least expect. She is a lean, mean, sarcasm machine with red hair.

All in all an excellent, fun and productive trip. :)

  • Renato

    i went to brazil and i’ve got my kidneys stolen!

  • Renato

    just kiddin’ haha (i’m so funny) actually, i’m a brazilian.brazil is a good place. but only the southern brazil.the north is just shit, poor people and heat :???:

  • http://dudanogueira.com.br Duda Nogueira

    Great to hear this from you, Jono! We all had enjoyed your visit here!

    Its a beautifull country, for sure!. Just for note, when you come back, dont forget to visit Bahia (i told you and you had writed it somewhere :lol:)

    Just for a preview, try searching “morro de sao paulo”, “Salvador” or “Itacaré” on google images…:cool:

    In a few days, i’ll getting in touch with you about the ubuntu games internacionalization.

    Thank you!

  • http://www.ukini.org/pilka/2007/04/16/brazil-kicks-ass/ Brazil kicks ass | Pilka

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  • http://www.andrewbarber.co.uk AndrewB

    :razz: Good to see you enjoyed your visit. From the comments here it seemed it was a good time also, cept maybe the losing the lungs thing… :roll:

  • Allix

    Did you see Theo de Raadt’s speech? or get to chat with him?

  • jono

    Allix – didn’t see it, and he was around and at a party I was at, but I never got round to speaking to him.

  • http://andrenoel.com.br/index.php/2007/04/17/frases-sobre-o-fisl/ Andre Noel » Blog Archive » Frases sobre o FISL

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  • Priscilla Kurtz

    It makes me very happy that you enjoyed it. :smile:

  • http://fsck.blog.br/ponticulus Thiago Berti

    Hi there. Glad you liked the visit here. We sure enjoyed your stay and your talk(wich was very funny by the way).

    Hope you come here more often ^_^

  • http://sulamita.linuxchix.org.br/index.php/fisl-2/ Toskices randômicas » FISL

    [...] Eles ficaram muito satisfeitos com o que viram. Os pontos altos para eles eu sei que foram a palestra do Keith Packard, o elogio do Aaron Seigo (que disse que comprou o notebook que tem exatamente porque os drivers da Intel eram livres), as conversas com o Helio, os churrascos do Vaz(que foi até mencionado na reunião do grupo hoje por eles), e a palestra do Jono Bacon. Ele falou no blog dele que eu sou muito sarcástica. Bom, eu adoro ironia mesmo. E para melhorar, Jono, vou deixar este post em português porque assim você nao vai entender o que eu falei e se alguem traduzir, você vai saber que na verdade era só pra te deixar curioso. A palestra dele foi super divertida, está entre minhas palestras favoritas, junto com a da Kathy Sierra e o do Tim Pritlove do Chaos Computer Club. Torćo para que o video esteja disponível logo. Mas enquanto isto, tem o video da palestra dele na LCA para quem quiser conferir. [...]

  • http://gabrielstein.org Gabriel

    Its so funny. I´m so happy because the joke of the saturday is not turned the reality. (I´m…I´m….) do you remember? Hahahahahah. Hugs. Nice to meet you!

  • henry

    To put this into perspective, Porto Alegre is quite detached from the rest of Brazil. It’s wealthier, more liberal, further away, more white, more European.

  • http://ubuntuser.gnulinuxbrasil.org Fábio Nogueira

    Jono.. don’t forget it: Salvador – Bahia – Brazil (in your card)

    My city that you need know …

    []’s

  • SPARC (Rodrigo)

    Hey man, nice blog. I’m that guy who was dressing an Ensiferum’s t-shirt. We probably saw each other for three times over there. The first time after Keith Packard have talked about Xorg.

    It’s the first time I had at FISL and IMHO the entire atmosphere was great. I will be there next year, for sure.

    Be welcomed to be there next year aswell and lots of metal to you!

    PS: If you’re going to Wacken Open Air this year, please post something :grin: