Open in Oregon


Article from Issue 83/2007

More than 2500 open source enthusiasts met in Oregon for O'Reilly's annual OSCON convention.

In July, O’Reilly Media hosted two conferences in Portland, Oregon – about 2700 open source enthusiasts attended OSCON, while the Ubuntu 2007 conference simultaneously attracted 750 registered participants to the same venue. I focused on OSCON, but I also benefitted from celebrity speakers presenting at both venues.

OSCON offered up to 15 parallel tracks at times, making it really hard to decide which ones to attend. Topics covered Perl, PHP, Python, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Ruby, Security, Open Source Licensing, and other open source tools and components. Many talks were presented by engineers from major corporations, including Google, Yahoo, Sun, and Microsoft, and the speakers discussed best industry practices and newly released open source products. Tim O’Reilly’s keynote is available online [1].

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