This past weekend marked the 10th edition of the [Chemnitz Linux Days](http://chemnitzer.linux-tage.de/2011) - this year must have been my 7th or 8th year straight visiting the event. Clearly a record for me (although [Froscon](http://froscon.org) comes in as a close second.
The Friday evening started out with a dinner at the regular [tourist trap](http://www.ratskeller-chemnitz.de/) together with six other members of our [local lug](http://lugmoe.de) from where we moved to the [Turmbrauhaus](http://www.turmbrauhaus.de/) to meet other Free Software enthusiasts over beer.
When I arrived at the venue Saturday morning, Joerg, Robert and Fabian had already done a superb job of creating a professional-looking booth (see [Joergs Blog](http://kitall.blogspot.com/2011/03/clt-day1.html) or [Roberts Gallary](http://robert.fedorapeople.org/events/2011/chemnitzer-linux-tage/) for pictures).
We did our usual mix of advertising and demonstrating upcoming fedora features (Gnome 3 being the most talked about feature), answering questions, making clear that fedora needs and welcomes contributions and new contributors as well as just having a good time.
The reactions to Gnome 3 which we demonstrated on a laptop were mixed (no surprise there) - some people liked it, some disliked it and some clearly see Gnome 3 (and with it Fedora 15) as a transitional release on the way to greener pastures - just as the 4.0 release had been for the KDE project. For those people that didn't like the new Gnome look and feel at all I had my notebook handy to show that Fedora is not just gnome but that it's also delivering top class [kde](http://kde.org) packages, [Christoph](http://www.christoph-wickert.de/) was able to do the same for the XFCE and LXDE-Spins where he is a key contributor. Together with [Joerg](http://kitall.blogspot.com/) who was able to demonstrate the security spin we were able show that fedora is a healthy community that is able to accommodate different flavours and use cases well.
Of the few talks I watched, the one about cgroups left the biggest impression for me. Seeing a fork-bomb being executed on a machine while it was still possible to watch a movie on the system thanks to the fork-bomb being fenced through cgroups was impressive and I'm looking forward to systemd bringing a lot of the goodness to a default install with F15.
All in all it was a great (if exhausting) weekend and I'm looking forward to CLT 2012.