GNU Generation Geekerie

Here is quick report on GNU Generation’s Geekerie which happened on 2019-12-14 in Lausanne, Switzerland. We - I have been a member for a few years - are a student association promoting free software on EPFL’s campus, organizing various events over the academic semesters.

The Geekeries take place on a whole day - either Saturday or Sunday - at the end of the semester and are targeted towards somewhat ‘advanced’ students (i.e. our members and anyone that know what free software is, we try to avoid the ‘first-level support’ that is usually done during our Install Fests).

CC-NC-SA Tobias Barblan
CC-NC-SA Tobias Barblan

There was, as usual, not at lot of people during the morning as most of the participants arrived in early afternoon for the presentations. We reached 20-30 attendees, which was what we expected given that we only advertised the event though our member mailing lists and posters in the school. Talks were spread from 1300 to 1700, alternating with discussion and hacking:

Hard thinking :-) CC-NC-SA Tobias Barblan
Hard thinking :-) CC-NC-SA Tobias Barblan

I kindly thanks Daniel, which is not one of our members, for its presentation on the GNU/Linux distribution model and how we could - and why we should - ‘hack’ the current trust model.

The Fedora project was kind enough to send me some goodies since I was talking about OSTree and Silverblue, and motivated this post. I got quite a few questions following my presentation, mostly on the goals of Silverblue or technical details on flatpak distribution, podman and toolbox.

I am sorry I did not publish pictures of the whole room, as we (again!) forgot to ask the attendees about publishing pictures of them on the net. In any case, feel free to stop by for coffee - or anything you see fit - if you happen to be in EPFL’s surrounding!