FISL 7.0 Conference in Brazil!
By forsini on Apr 27, 2006
I had the opportunity to go to FISL 7.0 which just happened in Brazil last week (4/18-4/22).
FISL is all about free and open source software and let me tell you that this conference was simply awesome - there was a fantastic and big attendance (> 4700) and there was just so much energy going on - non-stop people coming at Sun's booth - it was litterarly packed at times from 10am until 10pm.
Friday, April 21st was actually a public holiday in Brazil but nonetheless it was the busiest day of the conference. We showed a lot of demos of OpenSolaris, JavaDB (based on Apache Derby) and Netbeans 5. People also really enjoyed looking at the looking glass (current alpha release) which Stephen Lau (Solaris kernel developer) had installed on the main demo machine - "this is running in Java!? are you kidding!?" - this is what I heard from many of the attendees...they were simply shocked and amazed that this 3D desktop User Interface was written and running in Java and it was performing quite well indeed...(especially for an alpha release) - I know have it running on my OpenSolaris laptop (thanks Stephen!).
Many people were curious about JavaDB and Apache Derby - we gave 2 presentations of JavaDB during Javali day. We actually gave the last JavaDB presentation at 6pm on Saturday and the room was packed ;) - we got some very good questions and showed the JavaDB demo.
Of course, OpenSolaris got a lot of attention and having Stephen Lau around was great as he was able to show some very cool features of OpenSolaris. I attended Stephen's presentation and it was packed as well...
So overall, it was a great conference, we were able to interact with a lot of the attendees and get a lot of feedback and communicate the coolness of OpenSolaris, JavaDB and Netbeans.
It was great meeting all the SouJava folks - very nice people indeed and they are doing an tremendous job at leading the biggest Java user group in Brazil... You can see Stephen Lau's blog about FISL 7.0 as well as pictures he posted... Obrigado!