This is a copy of the Linuxtag report by Meike that was also sent to the Debian Women mailing list (<debian-women AT list DOT debian DOT org>)
sorry for taking so long with my LinuxTag report but after coming back I fully dived into exam season, which is now almost completed so I finally got some time to sum things up and get back to work.
I arrived in Karlsruhe on Wednesday afternoon and went right to the "Kongresszentrum" where Linuxtag took place. There I met up with the other debian guys who turned out to be a *very* nice crowd and made me feel very welcome. (Thanks again for that! So any initial anxiety was gone within minutes and I felt very comfortable right away. There wasn't much else happening this day. I walked around with youam, got a first overview on stuff and then went to dinner and to the AKK where we'd sleep.
The next day was DebianDay which also featured my debian-women talk. It was quite successful. I had roughly 60 people there and things went quite smooth. Unfortunately I made the talk quite quick to allow for a proper discussion afterwards, but apparently there wasn't much to be said. So we finished well before time. That'll be one thing I'll do differently next time. I however had a lot of individual discussions on the topic within the next days, so I take it that there really was interest but somehow people felt more comfortable approaching me personally than voicing their opinions/questions in public.
Most feedback I got on the talk was rather good. There were feedback forms that could be filled out and the "marks" I got were rather good. (In fact I was only topped by enrico, whose excellent talks simply cannot be beaten. Mental note: Get a funny accent!)
The rest of Linuxtag was spent at the booth (Yes, I had a "Can I help you, Sir?" "Ah I don't think so, I actually got a technical question" but only one.), hacking, meeting people, talking to people and seeing people's talks.
Things that came up concerning debian-women:
Overall reception was very good. Most people agree with our aims and many offered help. I think we are on the right way (Actually the only unfriendly feedback I got was from a woman!)
- The Debian-Women Dictionaries are a big success. A lot of people asked me about them. There were several who proposed to add them to debian.org and maybe even package them. (Not clear though, whether they meant the scripts that generate them or the dictionaries themselves. I'd guess the latter.) I've shortly talked to Jutta about this and it seems packaging might get a bit difficult since she's concerned with a lot of other things, so someone else might have to do it. However, adding them to debian.org should be easier and I would very much recommend doing so!! They are a benefit that should be available for everyone. (As far as I know Jutta tried this before but didn't get the right reception. I however believe this is worth a second try.)
- There was also high interest in debian-women T-shirts. However I think this was partially because they were debian girlies and they looked good. Adding one or two nice girlies to the "general debian collection" might solve that need. (I still like to think that a d-w shirt doesn't only say "I am a female loosely affiliated to debian" "But I am a person who supports debian-women's aims" but that's my personal opinion).
So much for now. If there's anything else you'd like to know just ask!
Slides of Meike's talk can be found at http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2005/linuxtag-karlsruhe/debianday/