I would absolutely love to see this come true. I think it will benefit the Spanish/Portuguese speaking Ubuntu community and, of course, Canonical and the Ubuntu project itself. First off all (and for those of you who don’t know)…
What is FLISOL?
FLISOL is the Latin American Free Software Installation Festival, an event organized by the Latin American free software community since 2005. FLISOL takes place on the fourth Saturday of April every year. The sixth edition of FLISOL was celebrated last weekend, on April 24, 2010.
Today, FLISOL is undoubtedly the biggest FOSS event in Latin America and maybe even the biggest single installfest on the planet.
The 2010 edition of FLISOL was organized simultaneously in 20 countries and 250 cities all over Latin America and, for the first time, in Europe (three local events in Spain).
Tens of thousands of people come to FLISOL every year to learn about free software and thousands of them install Ubuntu (and other distros) on their computers for the very first time.
In the last couple of years Ubuntu has been released before FLISOL, and despite the fact that it has put a lot of pressure on the LoCo teams in order to download all the .iso’s and burn hundreds of CDs in just a few days, it has been -until now- an excellent showcase of the latest Ubuntu release.
What happened this year?
The attendees weren’t able to testdrive or install the latest Ubuntu because… well… we are not there yet!!! 🙂 We missed an excellent opportunity to show the awesomeness of the Lucid Lynx.
- We installed a release on thousands of computers that’s not going to be the latest stable release in a few days.
- This release will only have 12 months of support. Compare it with Lucid’s 3 years support on desktops, and 5 years on servers.
- Upgrading from Karmic to Lucid may be a trivial task everywhere else, but in Latin America, with slow and expensive Internet connections, it’s almost impossible mission for the majority of users.
So, please… let’s make the Maverick+1 release rock at FLISOL 2011!! Sync, sync, sync!!!