The biggest technology fair in Turkeyhas just been over. More than 100.000 visitors and about 1000 companies met for four days.
Pardus was one of the biggest pavilion as for the last years. We ran out of DVD’s before the fair is over, altough we prepared 10.000 of them with the latest release of Pardus, which is 2011.2 Cervus elaphus. :)
Their project Natural Interface, converts human interaction (gestures captured through Kinect) to X events. Thus, you can control desktop applications by simple hand gestures.
We also provided a home entertainment unit with a comfortable couch and a big LCD TV. In the previous events, we were tired and bored from the questions and prejudices about games on Linux. This time we showed everyone, how you rock with Linux! Hundreds of people enjoyed playing World of Goo, Frets on Fire, Crayon Physics, Open Arena, Torcs etc.and watching HD movies (free movies of course like Sintel, Elephants Dream and Big Buck Bunny ;) )…
But most of the people was interested in the interactive digital board which was powered by Pardus.
I should tell about this a little bit more. There is a project called Fatih, aims to improve technological infrastructure of Turkish educational system. It is planned to install digital interactive boards in all classrooms and Pardus has been chosen as the operating system. This means more than 600.000 interactive boards will be powered by free software and KDE! :) Another chapter of the project is providing tablet PC’s to all school kids where it is still controversial if the OS will be Pardus or another system (Android?). That is a though decision as it means 15.000.000 tablets will be operated which will be 15% of the whole market of tablets. (Yep, that’s right! :) )
Finally I want to thank all volunteers for their great work ! We couldn’t do this without their faith.