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Lots of Love from LinuxCon

by OSUOSL Admin on Mon, Aug 29 2011

You may recall our earlier article on the OSU Open Source Lab's plans for LinuxCon North America 2011. If you're following us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen some of this great news stream by already. But we do have some great new photos to share, so read on in any case.

The first ever Linux Learners Day was a resounding success. We welcomed more than 35 student participants to this day long track on all things Linux and open source. The best part of the day? Letting our attendees know that we could forgo the concluding panel session on careers if they were tired from 5+ hours of lecture and having them not only decline to leave early, but then keep the panel discussion going a full twenty minutes over schedule because of all the great questions.

OSUOSL Staffers Wrapping Up the Linux Learners Day Careers in Open Source Panel

We want to make sure the content we created is most widely useful, so we've made all the presentations available on Slideshare. The presentations are downloadable and Creative Commons licensed, so feel free to adapt them to suit your needs. Even better if you let us know that you used them for a course, Linux Users Group (LUG) meeting or just to learn more about Linux and open source.

We were fortunate enough to have several of the lab's student employees join us for Linux Learners Day and the whole of the conference. Many, many thanks to the Linux Foundation for putting together specially discounted packages for student attendees of LinuxCon and arranging the LinuxCon or Bust Bus Tour to the event for attendees in Corvallis and Portland. And our sincerest thanks for inviting us to be a part of the conference program and to spread the Linux love amongst the next generation of computer scientists and technologists.

Proud to Help the Linux Foundation in their Search for the Next Linus Torvalds

You no doubt know that this year marks the 20th Anniversary of Linux, making this year's LinuxCon North America that much more exciting for all in attendance. OSLers were out in force at the Roaring 20's 20th Anniversary Gala at LinuxCon and had a truly wonderful evening. We were also incredibly excited to tour the 20th Anniversary of Linux Gallery and see the many artifacts of Linux history on display.

OSUOSL Staffers in Full Gala Regalia; Back Row: Tim Harder, Jeff Sheltren, Greg Lund-Chaix; Front Row: Lance Albertson, Leslie Hawthorn, Deb Bryant, Peter Krenesky

Last but not least, we capped off our time at the conference with an inside look at the OSL's operations. Lance Albertson, the OSL's Lead Systems Adminstrator/Architect, spoke on Hosting Open Source Projects at the OSUOSL. Not only did we get to give folks an under the hood view of how the lab provides core infrastructure for some of the world's most well-known open source projects, we even got Slashdotted. Victory!

Lance Albertson on Hosting Open Source Projects at the OSUOSL

Ed. Note: The Careers in Open Source Panel photo was taken by Linux Learners Day attendee Jason Barnett and is used with his permission. The Linus in Waiting Sticker photo is copyright the Linux Foundation and is used under a Creative Commons license. The OSL team group photo was taken by Linux Foundation photographers at the LinuxCon Roaring 20's Gala and is used with permission. The photo of Lance Albertson was taken by Deborah Bryant, OSL Public Sector Communities Manager.