Prepping for Southeast LinuxFest 2010

Update: Photos from this year’s SouthEast LinuxFest are up on my photography site, my Flickr page (Licensing on Flickr is cc-by-nd-sa) and Facebook page. Tag away! 🙂
It’s that time of the year again. The Southeast LinuxFest of 2009 was my first Linux Conference and I enjoyed the experience so I decided to repeat it. 🙂 Here’s the Southeast LinuxFest Flickr pool of photos taken by various attendees from the Southeast LinuxFest 2009 and here are the photos I took of Southeast LinuxFest 2009. This year’s Southeast LinuxFest is being held in South Carolina again (Spartanburg, SC) and the venue is the Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park. There’s a discount for SELF attendees (~ $93 a night when I last guessed).

There’s also a Twitter account to follow for official Southeast LinuxFest news (SELinuxFest) and an official hashtag (#SELinuxFest. If you’re interesting in hitching a ride to Spartanburg SC, visit the Wiki for info on who’s carpooling and offering rides to those who need. Registration for SELF is free and you’re encouraged to purchase the Supporters’ package which costs $65 (and includes food on Saturday, a T-shirt and drink tickets) so if you’re interested in F/OSS, check the conference out! See you there. 🙂

In the meantime, see the photos from last year below and click through to the full set. I’ll take my trusty camera with me this year too so don’t forget to smile if you see me pointing my weapon at you. 🙂

Atlanta Linux Fest

Sooo, today is Software Freedom Day slash Talk Like A Pirate day (remind me to watch Spongebob Squarepants today. :D) slash Atlanta Linux Fest!!! It’s an exciting day to be online and be grateful for things like free (not as in beer) software & the developers behind free software. I’ll be attending the Atlanta Linux Fest and if you are attending as well, feel free to seek me out! 🙂 I’ll be rather easy to spot actually if you’ve done your research. I look forward to meeting some of the people I follow on Twitter and perhaps some savvy readers of mine! Who knows!

Some of the sessions that I’m interested in are:

1) Multi-site management with Drupal: This is particularly timely for me because I currently manage 3 domain names (, and Of these three, Fading Whispers is the oldest and I’m loath to get rid of it. Granted, it is not what it used to be back in 2004 (i.e. repository for my school essay, TV shows, etc). In fact, it is very much a shadow of its old self and part of the problem was the absence of a content management system that I could tweak to suit my needs. If I can come away from this talk with an idea of how to use Drupal to manage all 3 domain names?? I’ll be a very happy camper. This talk is by David Tomaschik (who was at the Southeast Linux Fest as a guest and is a speaker at the Atlanta Linux Fest! He also dropped by the Free IT Athens booth during SELF and I actually remember him! I’m somewhat legendary for not recalling things at times.) and Michael Haynes, an IT guru at Kennessaw State University.

2) Open Source and the Cloud: According to the ALF website, “The talk will cover all of the stack open source tools from chef, puppet, openqrm, and Hadoop. It will also include Cloudera and AWS.” Sadly, this may conflict with #1, but I thought I’d put this out there.

3) Securing Your Networks With Open Source Technologies: This session is at 3pm and given my obsession with network security despite not knowing the first thing about it, I’ll attend if only to increase my non-knowledge of this area. This is by Nick Owen and I’ll update this post when I actually get there! Cheers! 🙂