[conspire] LinuxWorld and EFF FreedomFest: Wednesday events

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Aug 3 19:38:09 PDT 2004

Stuff occurring tomorrow at / next to Moscone Convention Center in S.F.:

o  LWCE floor exhibits (not just corporate salesdroids; there's also a 
   "dot-org pavillion" area, as usual), open 10-5
o  The last two of the conference's five keynotes
o  Several informal BoF (Birds of a Feather) gatherings
o  EFF / Red Hat / LinuxWorld co-sponsored FreedomFest concert outdoors
   at Yerba Buena Gardens, 5-8 PM.

I may see folks on the lawn at FreedomFest until 6 PM, at which point
I'm off to a private dinner.  See you there!

If you don't yet have an LWCE exhibits-only pass, you can get one free
of charge by going to the registration page
(http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/live/12/register) and entering Priority
Code N0367.  (This is one of several codes floating around.  Without it,
I think they want to ding you $25.)

The show floor (exhibits) will be open 10-5 tomorrow, and 10-4 Thursday.
With an exhibits pass, one could have gone (time permitting) to the one
amusing event of the whole thing, the Golden Penguin Bowl quiz
competition.  Unfortunately, that was this afternoon, 4:30-5:30 PM -- so
we missed it.

Remaining keynotes (not my cuppa, but maybe yours):

  Wed. 11:00 - 11:45 AM:  Nick Donofrio, Snr. VP of Tech. and
  Manufacturing at IBM:  "Linux Innovation:  Driving the On Demand Era"

  Wed. 2:30 - 3:15 PM:  Alfred Chuang, founder/chairman/CEO at BEA, Inc.:
  "Building Competitive Advantage with Linux"

There's a Birds of a Feather (BOF) gathering tomorrow, BOF #B8:

   B8:  Fedora Community Gathering
   08/04/2004, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

   Jack Aboutboul, Community Developer, Fedora Project.

   Join other Fedora community members, as well as developers, for a
   community chat session. All topics welcome.

That sounds like the best of them, to me -- but here are the others 
for tomorrow (e.g., the Samba one, which is always good):

B9:  High Capacity Linux File Server Management Implementation Issues
08/04/2004, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Corey Shields, Unix Systems Support Group, Indiana University.
Scott Kveton, Program Director - Open Source Lab, Oregon State

Everyone has different specific needs for their high-capacity file
servers. However, people can learn from others quicker and see how
things are dealt with for specific instances if given the chance. This
discussion will be about how other folks have implemented their
high-capacity Linux file servers.

B10:  F/OSS for Non-Profits: What's Real and What's Missing
08/04/2004, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Bradley M. Kuhn, Executive Director, Free Software Foundation.
Allen Gunn, Co-Director, Aspiration: Better Tools for a Better World.
Katrin Verclas, Co-Director, Aspiration: Better Tools for a Better

Non-profit organizations are the natural allies of the Free Software and
Open Source Movements, yet few are using Free Software in their daily
operations. This BOF will be a brain-storming discussion about what
types of applications are needed by non-profit organizations and how we
might move and inspire Free Software developers to work on applications
that will benefit non-profit organizations.

B11:  Lustre
08/04/2004, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Robert Read, Cluster File Systems, Inc.

This BOF is a general, open discussion about deploying Lustre. What are
"known good" and hairy cases, and what future releases will contain
which improvements? Additionally we will explain what improvements CFS
has made and is making to other file systems, for HSM, snap shots,
faster I/O, etc.

B12:  Linux Games
08/04/2004, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Dee-Ann LeBlanc, Gaming Industry Editor, LinuxWorld Magazine.

B13:  Wine Project
08/04/2004, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Jeremy White, CEO, CodeWeavers, Inc.

Come talk about the Wine Project - where it's been, what it can do, and
where it's headed. Several Wine developers will be on hand for the BOF,
so you can hear it from the horse's mouth.

B14:  Linux in the Datacenter
08/04/2004, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Foster Hinshaw, CTO and Co-Founder, Netezza Corp.

Linux offers organizations looking to implement a data warehousing
solution several significant advantages, including ease of installation
and significant cost advantages. This discussion will focus around the
role of Linux in the datacenter and will address issues such as: What
key advantages do developers find in Linux?; How does Linux enable the
BI appliances to be developed?; Does Linux belong in the datacenter?;
and Can Windows meet the same requirements of BI appliances that Linux

B18:  PostgreSQL
08/04/2004, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Josh Berkus, PostgreSQL Core Team, OSDL.
Mark Wong, Test and Performance Group, OSDL.

This BOF is for all current users of PostgreSQL and all those
considering its use. We will answer questions about current PostgreSQL
trends and go over the major features in our next release. The group
will be lead by Josh Berkus, one of the PostgreSQL Core Team. Mark Wong
of OSDL will also discuss lessons learned from implementing a test
workload suite on PostgreSQL, Linux 2.6, and LVM.

B19:  Linux and the Small and Medium Business Linux and the Small and
Medium Business
08/04/2004, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Sandra K. Johnson, STSM & CTO, Global SMB, Systems and Technology Group,

This BOF will discuss the requirements, needs, and issues of the small
and medium business, and how they can be addressed, from a technical
perspective by Linux.

B20:  Samba
08/04/2004, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Jeremy Allison, Samba Co-Developer, HP.
Gerald Carter, Developer, Samba Team/Hewlett-Packard.
John H. Terpstra, CEO, Primastasys, Inc.

This BOF is a general, open discussion about Samba. Where does Samba
work well, where does it fail, and what future improvements should we
make? Additionally we will explain what improvements we are currently
planning and participate in a open dialog with our users on what they
wish to see in Samba.

There's also a concert outdoors at Yerba Buena Gardens, across the

EFF Freedom Fest Concert
LinuxWorld Attendees Are Invited!
EFF Freedom Fest Concert
Yerba Buena Gardens

August 4th, 2004  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and four Bay Area bands
for an afternoon of live music and outdoor fun at EFF's Freedom Fest
2004, sponsored by Red Hat. The outdoor concert will be held at Yerba
Buena Gardens on Wednesday, August 4th, 2004 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. just
across the street from the LinuxWorld Conference at Moscone Center. 

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organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded in
1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and government to
support free expression and privacy online. EFF is a member-supported
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