Are you a Linux geek? Are you even mildly curious about Linux and/or Open Source software in general? Do you live in the Southern California area? And are you free this weekend? (February 20-22) If so, then you might want to check out the Southern California Linux Expo (aka SCALE) conference out.
Now in its seventh year, SCALE is bringing back many of its hallmark features, while adding even more to the mix. A wide range of conference tracks will be presented, suitable for both novice and pro alike. This year they are boasting expanded coverage for those new to Linux and Open Source software. “Conferences-within-a-conference” for specialty fields, including Women in Open Source, DOHCS (Demonstrating Open-source HealthCare Solutions) and OSSIE (Open Source Software In Education), will be returning again this year. And SCALE University, sponsored by LOPSA, will provide four half-day classes for system administrators of all skill and experience levels. Finally, the exhibit hall will be even bigger this year, featuring companies both big and small showcasing their Linux and Open Source software-based products and services. New this year is the dotORG pavilion, an area showcasing smaller open source projects and groups. Finally, Birds of a Feather sessions provide an informal and relaxing venue for people sharing common interests to get together and shoot the breeze.
I have had the privilege of attending all 6 prior SCALE conferences, and it has been a rare pleasure to watch this conference grow and mature. Even though it has grown tremendously over the years, SCALE still retains the small, friendly feeling it had from the beginning. I highly recommend you check out this fine show.
More information, including schedules, speaker bios, and online registration can be found at the SCALE website. You can also check out their flyer (494 KB PDF), as well as listen to an audio greeting (956 KB MP3).
Hope to see you there!