Contributed by mbalmer on from the special-thanks-to-the-elk-in-scene-5 dept.
The Slackathon 2006 was a real success
More than 50 visitors decided to come and donate money in order to help OpenBSD/OpenSSH development, and meet up in general to put faces to the people we've only met online. Donation Desk
The programme was treated as OpenBSD would treat shared libraries, unpredictable order and randomized starting points, but all in all we managed to get most of the expected things done anyhow.
And the best part of it: All in all, the event raised at least EUR 4000 worth of donations.
A couple of tables showed all the bizarre and odd hardware in various stages of working, from the tiny zaurus to the smp dual-core opteron and lots in between. We also got some code done in order to attach puc(4) on the macppc machine to get serial consoles for some of the machines, since the cheapo x86 we brought for this wouldn't install correctly. The SGI O2 I borrowed also didn't boot, but one of the guests brought his(!) so we got some mips feelings anyhow. My old amiga also booted but failed to produce a stable picture, so we didn't get to run much of the 3.0 install it carries. The 4-way opteron had some issues with getting the old OS out of it but we finally got it to run smoothly with -current, except for the jet-engine wannabe fans at the back which allows for instant hairdrying. If I recall correctly, it built a kernel in 140 seconds.
While we were trying the trunk(4) experiments, we also found the already-fixed-in-current em(4) bugs you get when you send 8-9k jumboframes to it, and since we had that console up on the big-screen, we had art@, hin@, and niklas@ show off how good they are at the DDB hangman mode.
We ran interviews with Hans Insulander, Artur Grabowski, and Niklas Hallqvist, and Måns Nilsson and Vladimir Bogodist spoke about various OpenBSD-related topics at their respective workplaces.
Here's Niklas (on the left) being interviewed with the summary donation web page in the back: Niklas being interviewed
Additionally, we did sell some donated computer books and of course OpenBSD cd's, t-shirts and stickers: T-shirt/CD sales
I will put more pictures and mpegs up on the slackathon web as soon as I get hold of them, and also a summary of the donations, I'm still waiting for the bank transfer results before I present the totals but it seems to be clearly above 4000 EUR at least.
Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who attended, all companies that helped with sponsoring and the people who ran the cafeteria, the donation desk, the sales table and all of you who did small jobs I sent you on.
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