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Ohio LinuxFest 2006 16

polar_bear writes, "The fourth annual Ohio LinuxFest is just around the corner, and this year's LinuxFest is set to be the best one yet. The lineup will feature Jeff Waugh of Ubuntu and GNOME, Linux International's Jon 'maddog' Hall, Jorge Castro, MySQL's Jay Pipes, Michael Johnson, a panel on virtualization, and many more excellent speakers. The OhioLinuxFest will take place on Saturday, September 30 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Registration is free."
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Ohio LinuxFest 2006

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  • by El Cubano ( 631386 ) on Monday September 04, 2006 @05:33PM (#16039861)
    So, I took a bunch of pictures [] (page 2 []) at last year's event. They were linked from the Ohio Linuxfest homepage for the longest time, along with pictures that others had taken at the event, but their homepage was updated a while back to prepare for this year's event. Anyhow, it was definitely a fun even and worth the drive. Hands down, the best presentation was Jim McQuillan's LTSP presentation. Too bad he won't be presenting again this year. If you are local, there is no excuse not to go.
    • Last year was a lot of fun. I'm registered for this year as well, but I'm halfway hoping that I don't get to make it (for the right reasons - I'm doing a series of phone interviews with a company a long way from Columbus).

      If I get the job before then, I probably won't make it. If not, then I hope I am able to be there again.
    • I guess my bar tab won't be getting paid ... not like it matters... i can't drink.
  • Ohio Linuxfest (Score:4, Informative)

    by atomic-penguin ( 100835 ) <.ude.llahsram. .ta. .12eflow.> on Monday September 04, 2006 @07:47PM (#16040543) Homepage Journal
    I've been to 2 out of 3. The first time I attended it had a small grassroots feel. There were great presentations, the keynote was inspiring. I got some good tips for my own LUG, and I met Jon "mad dog" Hall in person.

    The second one I attended it was 2 to 3 times the size. IBM gave the keynote (which felt more like a sales pitch). Some of the presentations were very good. Although a few of them were aimed at a new user, or Pointy-Haired Boss demographic.

    If you are within driving distance from Columbus, it is well worth the trip. Rich Bowen's [] Apache presentations are always informative and entertaining. Last year, Rich gave tutorials on mod_rewrite and different ways to get "poor man's" load balancing. The previous year, Bill Moran [] gave a great presentation on fighting SPAM with greylisting vs. other methods.

    I will be attending this year's Ohio LinuxFest. I only hope the event sustains that energy from previous years.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by skippy13 ( 174383 )
      As a member of the speaker selection committee, I can say unequivocably that we tried very hard to select presentations with a specific focus on education and community. I think that the two-hour panel on virtualization will be the most commercial presentation of the day.

      This should be the best Ohio LinuxFest yet!
  • Rumor has it that the Columbus Zoo will be bringing a pair of penguins to the event, and that this year's after party will have free beer. There is a BLOG online this year, which has information about the event at [].
    • damn,.. For a minute there I jumped to the thought of the penguins doing a strip tease dance at the after party. The subject threw me on the post.

      I'm thirty minutes (or so) away and will most likley be there (naked penguins or not). I'll probably be wearing a hat that says "and you though I was the dumbass". If i'm not wearing the hat, you will know it is me at the after hours party by looking for the guy doing shots and puking in the corner. hope to see ya there!
  • Another popular community event is SCALE 5x [], the 2007 Southern California Linux Expo. Our call for papers is open through November if you are interested in speaking. SCALE will be held on Feb 10-11, 2007 at the LAX Westin.
  • whiprush is an internet celebrity now. Gotta love it.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    On a more serous note, I'm agoraphobic [], any idea on how many people plan to attend? I'd really like to check this out.
    • Everyone knows the only reason Columbus is a city is that they annexed every farmer within a hundred miles to make their population bigger than Cleveland.

      I think they may have counted cows, too.

      Look at the pictures from last years event. Looks mostly empty.

      Go to the registration site. When you register, it will give you a registration number. I suspect this is how many have registered so far.

      Keep in mind, it's been slashdotted.

      I'm from rural Ohio and plan on attending. I'll see you there. I'm the fat guy
  • Just remember that free and open software is not only used in Ohio. Next Saturday, hundreds of teams around the world [] are going to do their darndest to convince unsuspecting members of the public to switch to FOSS.

    If that sounds like you, don't forget to join a local team for Software Freedom Day '06 [].

  • The Linux Link Tech Show guys will also be at Linuxfest.

    One bit of's too late to get a room in downtown Columbus. Check in the outskirts of Columbus and you will have a better shot. Also, to save money, check in at a place near a Cota stop. Cota goes right to the convention center so you will save money on parking which is anywhere form 5-7 bucks per day. Bus fare would run ya about 3 bucks if you get a day pass and that pass is good all day to get anywhere. []

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