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Thanks to All Who Attended Flourish!
The UIC LUG would like to thank all the people who attended Flourish. We had at least 180 people in attendance despite the fact that we accidentally scheduled Flourish on Easter weekend! Overall, Flourish was a great success. We had extremely interesting talks from a couple big name speakers as well as from Chicago's local talent. The IBM Social Mixer at the IBM Innovation Center was also a huge success with about 115 attendees.
Next year the UIC LUG plans to host an even bigger Flourish Conference! We are planning on having approximately 400 attendees, more influential Floss speakers and a Mini-Expo that is in the dead center of the Flourish Conference area. Final dates for Flourish 2008 are still pending, but we can assure you that Flourish 2008 will not fall on any major holiday. :-)
Battle of the Distros
Only two Linux distributions participated in our Battle of the Distros competition. The two competitors were Red Hat's Fedora Linux and Ubuntu Linux. Representatives from both distributions had an opportunity to give a fifteen minute presentation on why their distribution is best. While both distributions had its advantages, the audience chose Ubuntu Linux as the overall best distribution.
The UIC LUG would like to thank both Red Hat and Ubuntu for participating in our Battle of the Distros competition.
The UIC LUG would like to give particular thanks to the following individuals, organizations and companies:
- Thanks to our guest speakers for speaking at Flourish. We thought your talks were very interesting and informative.
- Thanks to IBM for hosting the Social Mixer and for providing us with several speakers.
- Thanks to the rest of our Sponsors for both your financial support and for attending the Mini-Expo.
- Thanks to the ACM@UIC for their volunteers and support.
- And of course, the rest of the UIC LUG would like to thank Roberto Serrano for putting forth all the long hours it took to put Flourish together. While Flourish was not a one person effort, there really was one person who did just about all of the planning and organizing. Thank you Roberto!