“…or the world how small can be.” – as I could add this as sub-title for this blogpost. I know that I have not much time to blog – but after this Fedora Round Table BUD – was an truly awesome event – something has happen with me and I would like to share the story:
After my train hasn’t arrived in time, I had to buy an another ticket to Railjet that heads to my home city, Győr. But it seems, that was my fortune – because when I have stepped on the train, never expected that I’ll meet someone who want keep in touch and work with me. Here is how begun:
The man and his wife, came from Vienna to Hungary to visit some of their (business) friends (as I heard this from their english conversation) – and his wife asked in English help to type an reply sms in Hungarian back to their HU friends. It was really hard, because I never liked Blackberry, with my huge thick fingers always hated to type anything on shrinked tiny keyboard – and I have told this concern to the women.
“Oh, really? You don’t like Blackberry phones, then witch is your favourite? Mine is my iPhone, and my new iPad”…. Umm, well, my open source heart and soul has felt the pain, and I replied so:
“Indeed, the iPhone, and the iPad are nice devices – but I much more like sharing, open source hardwares, and softwares”. I think this was the point, where the man begun to pay attention to our talk – and joined to the conversation and asked me:
Man: “Really? Then what’s that I am using on my laptop?”
Me: “Well, of course an Linux operating system, called Fedora.”
Man: “Oh, I see – that’s why this text written on your blueish t-shirt: Fedora Ambassador, but what’s that Ambassador on it?”
Me: “We are the heart of our community, and keeping the contacts with contributors, with newbies, company CEO’s, and so on… we also fight for freedom.”
Man: “Really? That’s nice… Then I’m sure you have met with bunch of people already. Do you know the name Miguel de Icaza?”
Me: “Sure. The early Ximian and later Mono developer. Why are you asking?”
Man: “Because of he is my cousin. I’m just live here at Vienna, and lead my business. Let me introduce myself (handed over his hand to shake): my name is Ronan Le Bras from CTBTO, head of the International Datacenter Division from the International Centre Vienna.”
Me: “Unbelievable! That’s a surprise, nice to meet you!”
Man: “Do you have an business card?”
Me: “Of course.” – and we have exchanged the business cards….
After this we have begun to talk more deeply, passionately about linux, free softwares, and Red Hat as origin of Fedora, and he told me that he is also using in his business RH and Fedora sometimes either as client (but mostly as servers). I suggested to keep in contact, and if it’s possible – look for me if he want to meet with us, or need some help. Just in case I have given few freshly received F15 media too I have told about my job at Nokia, and he suggested that if I ever need help for arrange an meeting, just search him, and he will see what could I help for me (for us).
About an half an hour has passed quickly, but sadly I had to finish this conversation here, because the train has arrived to my home city. But we promised that we’ll keep the contact -
and I said farewell to them…
That was happened…. So, I think you could never know who sits down nearby to you, as on the internet – you never know who is on the opposite site of the line or inside the network…. I hold here his business card, and I hope that we will meet again. So it wasn’t a dream, and we have an another friend for Fedora. I think maybe we once again create such a great slogan, we should place FRIENDS to the first place. Without that we couldn’t create Freedom, Features, and every time – as First….