This weekend (Feb 20-22) is the 7th Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE). This is a terrific community-centric event held at the LAX Westin in Los Angeles every year. Get registered now and reserve your hotel room before it's too late! If you work with Open Source, you'll be glad you attended this conference.
SCALE has become a larger show with more corporate sponsors, but still retains the community organization touches that make it special. There are some great classes and presenters, including AEleen Frisch of O'Reilly's Essential Systems Administration fame. There will be over 60 speakers and presenters talking about Open Source topics at this weekend's event.
The League of Professional System Administrators is putting on the SCALE University classes on Friday. Classes include topics like virtualized storage management, disaster recovery, and Fedora's Directory Server. At only $300, this is a good deal.
There is a wide range of pre-show conferences on Friday. Besides the SCALE University, there will be tracks for "Open Source Software in Education", "Women in Open Source", "the Fedora Activity Day", the Zenoss Community Day", and the Subversion Community Day". These are all one day long specialty topics and seminars that run on Friday, the day before the SCALE show floor opens.
As always with SCALE, there is a mix of community and non-profit organizations along with the paid corporate exhibitors. Have a look at the full list of exhibitors, and you'll find some of the big names like IBM, Dell, Splunk, and RedHat. But there are also our favorite non-profits such as Debian, Coreboot, Gnome, and KDE.
I'm excited to be going back again this year, and I'll have updates about the latest and greatest in the world of Open Source in the coming week.
by High Mobley
President of q!Bang Solutions
q!Bang Solutions is an IT consulting firm specializing in convention center networking. It counts one of the world's largest software firms among its loyal customers.