Les Vieilles Charrues had their festival on the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th of July this year, and invited us to hold a webcafe on Ubuntu. It was a pleasure to take over from olive who had organised everything but couldn't attend this event. We took over in the webcafe with the valued help of kinouchou, Lust, Snip and spineaker, and with the two Eric from Infothema, Didier from Linux MAO, and Julia, Sonny and Kevin from Mozilla. Olive was with us all the time online to monitor the computers and guide us.
This webcafe for the festival-goers was the space where they can check their mails, their facebook account, twit or do everything they want on internet. We haven't put any restrictions, only no saving of the history and the passwords on firefox. For the same reasons, we haven't configured Ubuntu to let people try it. We only made a custom start page for Firefox.
We have been received like princes by the whole team, StÃ©phane and Arzhel answered all our needs and much more. We discovered on our arrival that a prime location and a huge hexagonal pavilion was here for us. We arrived on Thursday, planted the tent in the vonlunteer's camping already full. Then we took sandwiches for the dinner outside, took a tour to found the booth, tables, boards and breezeblocks to make the counter. Then we went to see Muse concert under a pouring rain.
First night under the rain, but when we woke up to a bright morning we were able to unload the car. We put everything in place but the wiring and configuration of the computers took us more time, and we only had few sets available at the opening. We were ready with all the computers sets one hour later. Pleasant first day at the webcafe, the people like this internet point and ask gladly some informations. Facebook is everywhere. The tatoos are very popular and after some licks, we put in place a mug with water and wipes to put them on.
The sun shone on Saturday, it was hot, we take the way to the webcafe to put everything in place. The computers power up without difficulties, we verified the configurations, and are we're ready for the opening. People came rapidly, the webcafe was full all the day, we had a live feed via a webcam also. Mozilla joined us at the opening, they displayed their goodies which sold out in one hour. Sonny put on the Firefox suit and go offer some free hugs. At the end of the afternoon, I went with spineaker to the Geek Charrues, it's a walk througt the place with the sponsors. Time to discuss and share with all the organisers of this great event, and to discover the wings of the festival.
Last day, we woke up tired. Power up, ready to open one hour before the opening. It was great because we had already had people invited earlier by one of the sponsors. We also had the visit of the technical chief and the director LoÃ¯c, it's was an opportunity to present our webcafe to them and to thanks them for the warm welcome. Like the other days we had a lot of people. We were tired but relaxed. The festival-goers are great also. We finished the day at 21h30, loaded the car and took a break for a drink. Monday it's time to leave with great memories.
Awesome festival, my first one, i wish it's only the fisrt of a long series. Thanks to everyone.
More photos on the forum and at infothema and on their forum.