IDLELO5 Started officially on Tuesday but unofficially on Monday. My trip started with a connecting flight to Abuja (ABV) via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. My bag was tagged ABJ (Abidjan) and I had to exercise my right to compensation. Lets just say that when I went for the luggage on Wednesday, everyone at the airport office was calling me by name...
IDLELO is organized and run by the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) . Monday was spent mainly registering conference attendees and setting up booths. FOSSFA's steering committee also had their bi-annual AGM. Bids for IDLELO6 closed (they were opened during opening of IDLELO5) and bids for IDLELO7 opened. I was given a bag at the conference and an orange lanyard:
Tuesday came with many people flooding the Fedora booth. Many wanted goodies. We had limited supplies of media and stickers since much were stuck at Nigerian customs. We managed to distribute about 30 of the 50 that we had and also about 100 of the 200 stickers that we had. We had to save some for tomorrow... Many also had questions about Fedora as a server, Red Hat and CentOS affiliations to Fedora and Gnome3 tweaking. The afternoon was spent talking about licenses
Wednesday saw a theme of poverty alleviation. The main auditorium held different talks on poverty alleviation and open source means and methods of meeting this Millennium Development Goal. Fedora's very own t2hot had a 30-minute presentation on FOSS tools on architecture. The afternoon had hands-on workshops on open source mobile applications.
Thursday's theme was FOSS in education. localization, e-learning tools, FOSS in schools all took center stage. The evening had workshops on moodle, Drupal, Wordpress, SAMBA, LDAP, networking and Ubuntu.
Friday was the closing day and Fedora closed the event in style by having the stuck media at customs released and delivered to the event. A blessing in disguise, perhaps, since the last sentence from the organizers were: “In closing, walk to the Fedora both and see what dessert they have for you”. Drones and floods of humanity streamed freely to the booth. Friends were made. Features were unleashed. And Fedora's presence was the first to be felt amongst the others. More workshops for the willing ones and an Abuja tour was organized.