I’m not sure what the F and I stand for, but the last two letters are for “Software Livre”; FISL is the largest FLOSS event in the Southern Hemisphere, and brought me to Porto Alegre for a few days.

The crowd is young (a lot of students) and serious. You’d think setting up a Tux-cart would be fun.

Setting up a Tux-cart at FISL

Along with all the talks, which are pretty similar in content to what you’d find at a FLOSS event anywhere, there’s a trade show, which I found kind of baffling. Big Oracle booth... huh? Various organs of government... well, OK, I guess. Little Web shops of one flavor or another, sure enough. But where I come from, free-software organizations don’t have gleaming glass booths, and GNU/Linux distros don’t use Russian politicians in their marketing.

Glossy glass free-software booth at FISL
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Alt Linux advertises their use by Putin and Medvedev

There was some cool geek fun.

Technology with sparkly lights at FISL

And the speakers were, obviously enough, my very own tribe.

In the speakers’ room at FISL

The people who’ve been pulling this together (for 12 years now!) should be proud of themselves. It’s so nice to mingle with herds of geeks who are doing the thing for its own sake.


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From: Bruno (Jul 06 2011, at 07:45)

The FI stands for Fórum Internacional (International Forum, as the name suggests).


From: Guilherme Nogueira (Jul 06 2011, at 08:07)

Just a quick info: FI stands for Fórum Internacional.


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