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Silicon Valley Tea Party
We will be meeting 5:30pm at the
University Coffee Cafe at
271 University Ave., in Palo Alto.
We will head over to the event at 5:50.
officially begins at 6pm.)
It's suggested that you wear a Linux t-shirt, but wear a long sleeved shirt or jacket to cover it up, so you can easily gain admittance. You might also want to bring a small bag to put Linux CDs in. And if you have scotch tape, and tea bags, bring those. We will be taping the tea to the CDs (well, some of them...) as a symbolic gesture.
Remember, the party is a Microsoft party in celebration of their new developer support center here in the Valley. We are attending as members of the computing community in the Valley. We are friendly computer professionals. We want the other guests to like us. Only the MS officials should be annoyed, seeing penguins on T-Shirts and Linux CDs all over.
Everyone did an excellent job!
There were reporters from the New York Times and Nikkei (Japan) there. They seemed to have a good time interviewing everyone. The Times took a lot of pictures too. (They'll let us know by e-mail when to expect the story.)
We will add individual reports here as they get mailed in. In general, it was a success. We handed out 400 Caldera and SuSE Linux CDs outside the party, to party-goers and passers-by.
The Microsoft people knew we were coming because of all the online attention - we expected something like that. There were surprises for us - they said they appreciated our instructions for our people to be cool. They were cool about it too.
Though there wasn't room to let everyone in, they had pre-printed 5 badges that we could take turns letting 5 people in at a time. The rest handed out CDs outside. We made sure not to block the sidewalk or the entrance. The Microsoft people thanked us afterward and bought a round of beers and sodas for everyone keeping themselves under control. (Yes, you read that correctly!)
More details will be posted as people e-mail in their reports and
upload their pictures.
Feedback to SVLUG webmasters.