When Ken Starks and I put together Lindependence back in 2008, one of the things that I had hoped would come of it would be bigger and better Linux events. Of course, this is not to say the current crop of Linux/FOSS events are lacking — on the contrary — but permit me to dream big.
A couple of events I’d like to see in the future include:
Tuxstock (or Fossapalooza): Three Days of Peace & Music . . . and FOSS. I have the farm picked out in Bonny Doon, California, on a sunny hillside where we can set up a stage for music — with his band Severed Fifth backing him, Jono Bacon can play the “Star Spangled Banner” a la Hendrix — as well as areas downhill for hackfests, demonstrations, presentations and the like. Connectivity? Satellite, obviously. Solar power for electricity? Check. Details, of course, would have to be worked out — like transportation from Santa Cruz up to Bonny Doon (buses: lots, running all day), and camping would probably be an option. If it rains, there’s always a mud-sliding competition that can go with the Steve Ballmer chair toss event.
Then there’s . . . .
Expanding Linux Venues In the South (or ELVIS): A FOSS event fit for The King, this one would be held in Memphis, as close to Graceland as possible. Everyone would be required to wear blue suede shoes. We could have Elvis impersonators demonstrating various Linux distros and FOSS programs. Shoot, we could have Linus impersonators doing the same thing. And Stallman impersonators doing the same thing. And Jon ‘maddog’ Hall impersonators . . . you get the idea. This is definitely something worth planning, and I’m so far from Memphis. Is someone closer that could take the reins?
Meanwhile, here’s something that I can say with some certainty will happen, and remember you heard it here first . . . .
The Larry the Free Software Guy North American Tour 2012: While it is yet to be named (got one?), you’ll have a chance to hold aloft your lighters and get your T-shirts, backstage passes, etc., for the event of the year (at Linux events, anyway). Scheduled events include FUDCon at Virginia Tech, the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), Linux Fest Northwest, COSSFest in Calgary, Utah Open Source Conference (in the spring next year, guys?), Texas Linux Fest, OSCON and Ohio Linux Fest. Got an event? We can add it to the tour.
Of course, I have to fit all this in when I’m not opening the musical portion of Tuxstock playing the acoustic Theremin, but I digress.
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