I’m going Indiana LinuxFest are you?

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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.

Ohio Linux Fest 2008 : The Good, The Bad, The Assy: Show Me Some Candy

The last time i saw this Why am I awake for this
it was this time last year.The next time I see it it will be a year from now but I must say that I can’t think of a better reason to be up after 1.5 hours of
sleep and before the ass crack of dawn. The above pic was taken at
about half way through our trip… and thats about the time I went
to bed that night 😉

I started doing some video and taking pictures, but then i realized
that there were better cameras and all that shit so i decided to
aggregate everyone else’s pics so ill stick theirs in as i find them
but i did shoot this stuff.

Here are my tweets during the weekend with some comments and other media:

@abobrien13: dude that sucks, hope you feel better
11:12 PM October 09, 2008 from txt in reply to abobrien13

he decided not to go he was sick.

@Peter64 have fun at work :p
05:31 AM October 10, 2008 from txt in reply to Peter64

he wished us all a good day

On the way to #olf, @pegwole sorry my brother bailed dude… Next year ill try and get this all planned better

At the convention center, fairly bored already anyone at #olf come say hai
08:23 AM October 10, 2008 from txt

@sysnerd was in class and i had nothing to do, i was more that fairly bored


Needs to find me some free wifi I don’t think I’m ready to pay $20 for the whole day
08:38 AM October 10, 2008 from txt

I cant believe that the wifi there is such crap

OMFG i finally found free wifi at the GCCC in the food court there is an AP called “linksys-n” woot!!!!! #olf
10:11 AM October 10, 2008 from web

and thats where it all got interesting

@lorddrachenblut: I just asked @jonobacon and it not been discussed yet but maybe when Ubuntu has another LTS release
10:27 PM October 10, 2008 from txt e

he was about 4 steps from me so I figured id ask him

@chadwollenberg and I just had the most wonderful argumnet with some “hack a mac” guys at #olf
09:33 AM October 11, 2008 from txt

oh and we did

Watching ian robowitz’s talk at #olf called hacking the government. Its awesome!
12:00 PM October 11, 2008 from txt

Ian hacks the legislature

Check out http://www.geek-pac.org
12:05 PM October 11, 2008 from txt

this is what Ian was talking about

Watching a talk on robotics at #olf but its not that impersive so far
02:16 PM October 11, 2008 from txt

i ended up walking out of this but i do have a video of one of his robots

maco’s talk was awesome #olf
03:44 PM October 11, 2008 from txt

and it was here is a pic


@danns from TLLTS just showed his ass to #olf
06:55 PM October 11, 2008 from txt

there is alllll kinds of media on this one

Here is some of the other media that was taken there:

Allan’s Slideshow:

Snack Machine B’s Slideshow:

Russ W’s Slideshow:

Timbrigg’s Slideshows:

LOL’ Cranks:

Justin Cole’s slideshow:

Clint Savage’s slideshow:

monsterb’s pics:


Gutsy Countdown

Ubuntu 7.10 - Coming soon

This is really exciting and really scary at the same time. GNOME 2.20 is sweet there is no doubt about that, but the rest of the stuff is really buggy. Here is a list of stuff that has happened in no particular order:

*the bottom bar doesn’t show up when you first boot
*the added effects manager or the other effects crash the system
*everything seems really touchy

I know not a “definitive list of why it shouldn’t ship”, but I’m still worried. Not for the people like me who are going to install it regardless and say that it’s better than having to run Slackware from 6 years ago, but it’s not even as ready as the Feisty Alphas were. I’m running the Beta and it’s like Microsoft beta quality not Free Software Beta quality.

I’m also working on my thoughts of Ohio Linux Fest 2007 and hope to have that posted soon