Updated on May 26, 2016
DORS/CLUC 2016 (Report)
DORS/CLUC, Days of open systems / Croatian Linux Users’ Conference, is the oldest and biggest regional conference in the Balkans dedicated to topics of free software, open source, open standards and Linux.
It is jointly organized by two non-profit organizations HrOpen and HULK, going on for 23 years, and it gathers prominent individuals and companies from the free software communities and companies. This year’s conference has been held from May 11th – 13th, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb. During three days of talks, workshops and fun, DORS/CLUC is a place where hackers, companies, freelances and the public sector meets to learn, exchange contacts, make business and plan projects together, while focusing on free software and Linux.
DORS/CLUC has been divided into two parts: keynotes/talks and workshops. Keynote/talk part falls into following categories: business topics, the newest experiences of FLOSS implementation and migration in industry and tech topics like for example how to use some technology. During workshops which are mostly tech oriented attendees have an opportunity to learn how to use some technology, how to troubleshoot and solve tech problems in the field of free and open source technology.
Unfortunately, I was the only Mozillian at the event (apart Giannis Konstantinidis, who attended as part of the Fedora Project). For not having a booth however, people approached me quite a lot to ask about Mozilla, specifically in Croatia. It’s a bit of a missed opportunity, as quite some efforts could grow in the Croatian community, with a tiny little bit of mentorship and overview. Something to keep in mind for the Croatian community.
We are in talks of hosting the next Mozilla Balkans meetup in Tirana, Albania in September, so I hope to see representatives of the Croatian community as well, so we can properly prepare for the next edition.
The main lecture hall where I was giving a talk was quite big, with a capacity of probably over 250 people, and therefore the biggest room I might have talked in. Obviously, the auditorium wasn’t crowded, but a solid amount of people came to my talk, which was great. The talk was recorded and livestreamed.
My talk went really well, although a bit short (I guess I need to adjust my slides for 30min sessions) and I had a few questions at the end which sparked some discussions. I still have some breathing issues during giving talks, as I fail to put in the right amount of breaks to catch my breath during presenting. People have told me it’s not something noticeable, but I plan to work on it. I also was trying to avoid fillers like “uhm” or “erm” but which still needs more work. I hope I can improve upon this in one of our next TechSpeaker sessions.
The conference was relatively cozy and many people knew each other. It seemed also like a good place for government officials to meet and talk as well. Around 300 attendees might have been part of the conference, in 2 tracks. What I really respect about DORS/CLUC, is the fact that it’s been running for 23 years now! That’s an impressive number! On the other hand, I felt a bit left out of many conversations, as the majority of the material and talks were in Croatian (although seemingly Croatians had amazing English skills).
Definitely looking forward to visit Zagreb soon again!