Indiana LinuxFest is a conference put on by The Indiana F/oss Society, and being a Hoosier myself I really can’t miss it.
ILF is about community, information, and friends. They strive to bring the F/OSS Community together for more than just information gathering, they want a place for people to network, communicate, and have a good time.
They already have a opening keynote speaker Tarus Balog of OpenNMS.org and OpenNMS.com. His talk will be called Why We Can’t All Get Along (And Why This Is A Good Thing) here is a small synopsis:
The open source world covers a huge spectrum of people and ideas. On one side you have free software advocates who push for freedom in all software, and on the other side you have commercial business entities who see open source as something to exploit. Most of us live somewhere in the middle.
While critics of open source might view this as a failing, this talk will discuss how our cliques, cowboys, factions, zealots and even those that would take advantage of us all work to advance our software projects, and why this method is ultimately better than a monolithic, closed environment.
For those of you who don’t know who Tarus is here is a brief bio about him.
Tarus Balog has been involved in managing communications networks professionally since 1988, and unprofessionally since 1978 when he got his first computer – a TRS-80 from Radio Shack. Having worked as a network management consultant for many years, he was constantly frustrated in the lack of flexibility involved in commercial solutions such as OpenView and Tivoli, as well as shocked by their high prices. Looking for a better solution, he turned to open source and joined the OpenNMS project in 2001 and become the principal administrator of the project in 2002. Since then he has managed not only to make a living working with free software, but the OpenNMS Group, the services company behind the project, has thrived, and currently has over 150 customers in 24 countries.