We're not in Kansas Anymore: Atlanta, Portland, and Columbus... or Bust

Rikki Endsley

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Sep 17, 2009 GMT
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Atlanta Linux Fest

Friday, September 18th, I leave Kansas and head out to Atlanta for Atlanta Linux Fest 2009. On Saturday, September 19th (a.k.a. Software Freedom Day), I'll be talking in the morning about increasing the visibility of women in open source, and I'll make suggestions for how you can improve your own self promotional skills.

Google's Ellen Ko will be talking about creating your own program based on the Google Summer of Code, and Kirrily Robert will be discussing open source software and open data, in addition to giving the afternoon keynote: Standing Out in the Crowd. You can check out the entire schedule at: http://atlantalinuxfest.org/schedule.


After Atlanta, I head across the country to Portland for LinuxCon. If you aren't able to attend, you can still participate via Live Stream! We've partnered with The Linux Foundation to stream the keynotes for free, but you can also get together with your colleagues, some soft drinks, and a big bowl of popcorn and watch selected tracks from the comfort of your office (or living room, or favorite coffee shop, etc.) for only $99:

Monday, Sept. 21:

  • FREE: 9:00 AM - Welcome Keynote: Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation
  • FREE: 9:15 AM - Keynote - Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, and Desktops ... and Linux: Bob Sutor, VP of Open Source & Linux, IBM
  • 10:30 AM - Keeping Open Source Open: Keith Bergelt, CEO, Open Invention Network and Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation
  • 11:30 AM - Cloud Applications - A Natural for Open So: Bernard Golden, CEO, HyperStratus
  • FREE: 1:30 PM - Keynote - How to Shine in a Crowded Field: Imad Sousou, Director of Intel's Open Source Technology Center (OTC), Intel Corporation
  • FREE: 2:00 PM - Roundtable - The Linux Kernel: Straight From the Source: Linus Torvalds, Greg Kroah-Hartman, Chris Wright, Jonathan Corbet, J.E.J. Bottomley, Arjan van de Ven
  • 3:30 PM - Virtually Impossible? Successfully Managing the Virtual Data Center: Javier Soltero, Co-founder and CEO, Hyperic
  • 4:30 PM - Disk wiping: A Story with a Cast of Thousands: Gary Smith

Tuesday, Sept. 22:

  • FREE: 9:00 AM - Keynote - A Musical Guide to the Future of Linux: Joe Brockmeier, Community Manager, openSUSE
  • 10:15 AM - The Multi-Source Development Model: The Future of Linux: L. Philip Odence
  • 11:15 AM - How to Contribute to the Linux Kernel, and why it Makes Economic Sense: J.E.J. Bottomley
  • FREE: 1:30 PM - Beyond the Hype: The True Cost of Linux and Open Source: Matt Asay, Alfresco and Noah Broadwater, VP Information Services, Sesame Workshop
  • 2:45 PM - Managing Compliance and Governance of Open Source in the Corporation: John Ellis, Rockett Esteben, Motorola
  • 3:45 PM - Transforming Your Company with Open Source: Kartik Subbarao
  • FREE: 4:45 PM - Keynote - Building a More Agile Web Experience While Driving Down Costs: Noah Broadwater, VP Information Services, Sesame Workshop

Wednesday, Sept. 23:

  • 9:00 AM - The Truth About Linux in an Economic Downturn: Ross Chevalier, Novell Canada
  • FREE: 10:00 AM - Keynote - The Freedom to Collaborate: Bdale Garbee, Open Source & Linux Chief Technologist, HP
  • 11:00 AM - Kernel Regressions and Increasing OS Noise: Christoph Lameter, Kernel Developer & Linux Foundation TAB Member
  • 2:00 PM - KSM: A mechanism for improving virtualization density with KVM: Chris Wright, Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat, Inc.
  • FREE: 4:00 PM - Keynote - Let's Get Together: Coordinated Software Releases, The Linux Ecosystem and the Impact on the Global Marketplace: Mark Shuttleworth, CEO, Canonical Ltd.

Find out more about these sessions at: http://www.linuxpromagazine.com/linuxcon

Immediately after LinuxCon, the second annual Linux Plumbers Conference kicks off in Portland. See the full schedule here: http://linuxplumbersconf.org/2009/schedule/

Ohio Linux Fest

And then I go again, flying back over Kansas on my way to Ohio Linux Fest. Registration deadline is tomorrow, Sept. 18th, so get on it! Check out the impressive speaker list here: http://www.ohiolinux.org/speakers.html. (I'm especially looking forward to meeting Peter Salus in person finally. We worked together years ago back in my UnixReview.com and Sys Admin magazine days.) Stop by the Linux Pro booth and I'll hand you a sample copy of the magazine!

Sunday, Sept. 27 is the first Diversity in Open Source workshop at OLF. The Linux Professional Institute will also be offering LPI testing on Sunday and the BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) will offer the BSDA certification exam.

Looks like it's going to be an eventful week and I'll gather quite a few frequent flier miles by the end of it. See you in Atlanta tomorrow, and Portland and Columbus next week!


  • ALF- wonderful to see you!

    Hi Rikki,

    Just a note to let you know how much I enjoyed our far-too-brief conversation at Atlanta Linux Fest, and again let you know how much I enjoyed your presentation. You hit the nail on the head for me!

    -Michelle Hall
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