SCALE 7x - Got a story to share?

Rikki Endsley

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Feb 11, 2009 GMT
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Next week, I'm off to SCALE. If you're headed to L.A., too, be sure to swing by the Linux Pro booth and get a copy of the magazine.

I'll also be speaking at the Women in Open Source mini-conf on Friday, and I plan to discuss ways women can do a better job of "tooting our own horns," and how we (men- and women-folk) all can help draw attention to what other women in the field are doing. If you have any personal stories about how you learned to do a better job of self-promotion, or how tooting her own horn helped a colleague succeed, please leave a comment and share your story or email me at:

And now, a word from SCALE:

Free and Open Source software can save you money. Whether you're running
a business or are a computer user, FOSS software is high-quality
software that can be quite inexpensive. Smart organizations know that,
and they come to SCALE, and sponsor SCALE. And because the FOSS
community continues its vibrant growth unabated, there were more than
enough organizations to fill the "dotORG" booths at this month's Expo:
SCALE is full! And if you ever had any doubt about the health of the
Open Source community, the almost 150 submittals for 45 Expo speaker
slots is apt testimony to it.

And SCALE continues to grow as "the place to meet". Witness the groups
that are 'rendezvousing' at SCALE: Zenoss, Fedora, Subversion, and the
Ubuntu Bug Jam. And many other FOSS groups are utilizing the BOF rooms
for face-to-face meetings.

One of the primary motivations behind SCALE is to educate people about
free and open source software and to encourage them to become members of
the community. So we are encouraging the attendees of the Women in Open
Source conference to bring a friend who is not currently a member of the
FOSS community. This could be someone who might have an interest in
Free and Open Source Software but does not know how to start, or
believes that switching away from Windows is too difficult. We will
have a limited supply of "Friends of FOSS Bundles" with various items to
help people started with FLOSS. If you're planning to bring a friend,
please let us know (email so that we can
ensure that we have enough bundles.

So now there are even more reasons to come to SCALE 7x. But the Expo is
less than two weeks away! Don't wait - to register, go to . The Westin LAX still has rooms
available to rent, too. See
to reserve your room.

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