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UTOSC — Day 1

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

First things first, before I forget (something, sadly, that is more commonplace these days — what was I saying again?); It’s good to see that the Utah Open Source Conference, now in its third year, is growing into one of the more established events on the annual GNU/Linux (or Linux, take your pick) calendar.

The reason I say that is because after a conversation with Will Smith — the UTOSC guy, not the actor — I was surprised that the event has come quite far in only three years. UTOSC is clearly one that I am going to mark on my annual calendar.

Day 1 at UTOSC — and this is from the perspective of the Fedora booth, where I am parked — started out quietly and as the day progressed, became busier with more visitors, questions and comments about the distro.

At 12:30 or a bit later, I was marshalling the forces for a Fedora Activity Day in one of the classrooms at Salt Lake City Community College, the venue for UTOSC. I say “marshalling” because the best part of organizing a FAD is letting people who know more than you take off with it after you introduce it. Such is the case at this event, with the FAD around Fedora Event Splash, or FES. After introducing it, both Ian Weller and Clint Savage — both of whom had been working on it for several months — took the reins and we had a productive meeting that Fedora folks will hear more about going forward.

Later in the day, Clint walked in and said “Here, you’ll like this,” and handed me a box. I looked quickly inside and noticed what I thought was a . . . tent? Actually, it was the vertical banners for the Fedora booth, a new addition to the event box.

Day 2, which starts in a few hours, appears to be shaping up to be another great day at UTOSC. More to follow.

[FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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Utah bound

October 2, 2009 Leave a comment

For those of you who have a free weekend — assuming your weekend starts on Thursday (hopefully) — and you happen to live within walking, driving or flying distance of Salt Lake City, the Utah Open Source Conference is someplace you might want to be.

According to this badge, yours truly is speaking. Well not really speaking as such — although finding me at a venue where I’m not speaking is rare, unless I greak into my impersonation of Marcel Marceau — but I am running the Fedora Activity Day which, next to talks by Paul Frields and Ian Weller, is the highlight of the event (if I do say so myself).

The booth will be open for business, as usual, complete with the usual “stuff we all get” (aka “swag”) and media. In fact, I thought I had given out all the Fedora buttons I had at OSCON until I found a box of buttons in the trunk of my car, left there since OSCON no doubt.

The Fedora Activity Day, on Thursday Oct. 8, will revolve around the design and creation of a workflow for the Fedora Event Splash application. The concept is simple, but there are a lot of things to decide before getting this up and running. It starts at 12:30, but you’re welcome to stop by anytime during the course of the FAD.

Following the FAD will be a Birds of a Feather meeting at 6:30, where we’ll either socialize (one vote here for that!) and/or continue working on the application.

A running narrative on UTOSC will appear here, starting with the train trip on Wednesday — despite the derisive mocking I get from my colleagues, I refuse to fly unless completely necessary — and throughout the end of the week next week.

Watch this space.

[NOTE: This blog is also reprinted in the Larry the Fedora Guy blog.]

[FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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And now for something completely different . . .

August 2, 2009 1 comment

For those of you who follow this blog religiously — and that would be only about four of you — you know I don’t normally write anything unless I have something to say. Normally, I have lots to say, but having the time to put it down in this blog is a luxury that, sadly, escapes me.

But I did want to put down a couple of things on this quiet Sunday evening, nearly Monday morning, while I’m still thinking of them. Like

  • Open Source and Free Software Reporter is making a comeback. Starting this week, a more streamlined version of my former news Web site will be released to the reading public again. You have been warned. Or not.
  • I’ve taken on some media responsibilities for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE 8x), which takes place next February. It’s an honor to be working with the crew that puts on what I used to say, in an unofficial capacity, was the best Linux show in the country. But now I can say, in an official capacity, that SCaLE is the first and most important show of the year.
  • It was great to see that the Oregon State University Open Source Lab taking a more proactive approach to tooting its own untooted horn at OSCON this year. They asked some folks who use the OSL if they’d post a sign at the booth — and we complied at the Fedora booth, of course — stating that this project uses the OSU OSL, and it goes without saying that they really didn’t have to ask. For all they’ve done for Fedora, and a variety of other projects, the debt of gratitude goes beyond posting a simple sign. You guys and gals have been silently behind much of the FOSS world for so long, and it’s about time you took some credit for your work.
  • I did some housecleaning below on the buttons. Some that have been there for years are now there no longer. You’ll have to figure out which is which, if you’re that interested.
  • It’s getting ready to be Monday and, perhaps, I may write more later.

    [FSF Associate Member](Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs HeliOS Solutions West in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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