Tuesday night saw the O'Reilly Open Source Awards. The awards are given to those who have made significant contribution to the open source community. Our thanks and congratulations to all the recipients.
A steadfast contributor to the Samba project for over 15 years, Jeremy is an active advocate of free software and the GPL. He also does a wickedly funny impersonation of Steve Ballmer.
Deb has worked tirelessly in getting open source software into state and local government agencies for the last 10 years. She is an expert in knowing how best to get open source software through bureaucratic hurdles and most importantly how to explain the value of open source to State and Local politicians.
A perpetual motion machine of good ideas, Brad is the author of a number of key open source projects, including memcached, Gearman, MogileFS, and OpenID.
For 5 years, Leslie was the heartbeat of Google's Summer of Code, which has introduced thousands of students to open source development for the first time. She's well known around the world for her community leadership and advocacy of software freedom. Utterly unflappable and totally dependable, she's a woman who doesn't know the meaning of the word "impossible".
One of the founding developers of the Subversion project, Greg has also made substantial contributions to Apache and Python, both as a developer and as a foundation and community leader.
After an adventurous cross-country trip across the US on Sunday, I settled into my OSCON rhythm on Monday. The tutorials seem to be very well attended this year, at least the ones that I've signed up for. Yesterday was all mobile, learning Android programming in the morning and Appcelerator (a write-once, run-many-platforms tool for mobile) in the afternoon.
Welcome to Tuesday at OSCON!
The Cloud Summit, led by Simon Wardley, brings together the leading lights of cloud and open source. With the recent announcement by Rackspace of OpenStack, the topic has never been more timely. Expect energetic debate and exciting conclusions, with plenty of opportunity for participation.
Scala is a JVM-based language with a large and growing following. Credible with startups and enterprises alike, it's a modern way to use Java. Together with the authors of O'Reilly's Programming Scala, Alex Payne and Dean Wampler, we've assembled a full day exploring this new language and its ecosystem.
At 7pm tonight, we kick off with Ignite OSCON. Ignite is a fast-paced evening, packed with entertaining and inspirational presentations. Sandwiched in between the two halves of Ignite, we'll be handing out the Open Source Awards to people who have made exceptional contributions to open source.
Don't miss these two new talks, added to the program over the weekend.
Joe Gregorio will speak in the Python track on Thursday morning. In Threading Is Not A Model he writes
We have many concurrency/multiprocessing capabilities at our finger tips, such as threads, processes, locks, mutexes, select, epoll, transactional memory, etc. But none of them are a model for multiprocessing, they are only tools on which you would build an implementation of such a model. So what are the models we can choose from? How would they be implemented in Python? And how do they relate to the principle of sufficient irritation?
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Osier-Mixon from MontaVista will speak about effectively managing documentation in open source projects. He explains that documentation is an often overlooked, but essential part of a project.
Documentation is a vital user-facing component of all serious projects, open-source and otherwise, but it is often overlooked—-or, worse, dealt with in fire-drill mode just before going to manufacturing or market. However, documentation is a project’s backbone. It is often what users and OEMs see first, and it is also the place you want users to look when they have questions or problems (so they don’t have to call you).
Catch Jeffrey's talk on Thursday afternoon.
This year at OSCON we're trialling virtual attendance to certain tutorials online. If you are unfortunately not able to attend in person, you will still be able to take part remotely.
"Virtual attendees" will be able to pay to attend these sessions over the web:
To sign up for these, head over to the registration page, select "Attend Tutorials Online", and choose which tutorials you'd like to attend. Don't forget too that we're streaming all the OSCON keynote sessions online, free of charge.
Cloud computing is a big theme for us this year at OSCON. Our Cloud Summit on Tuesday will bring together leaders and participants from among the cloud computing world to discuss and advance the place of open source in cloud technology. Keynotes from Marten Mickos of Eucalyptus and Lew Moorman of Rackspace will continue the theme, as well as a whole host of cloud computing sessions.
To get the week start with cloud topics, Dave Nielsen will be holding an evening CloudCamp on Monday night. The session starts at 7pm in room E145/146, and will comprise a round of lightning talks from open source cloud projects, a panel discussion and a round of "unconference"-style presentations.
As an unconference, CloudCamp is highly participatory, so this is your chance to be part of the discussion as well as the audience. Admission is free to any OSCON attendee.
With thirteen tracks of content plus tutorials and keynotes, OSCON can be a little overwhelming to navigate.
To help you find your way around, we're pleased to announce the OSCON Android App, which lets you carry the full schedule around in your pocket, along with a map for each session room. To install it, just search for "OSCON" in the Android Market or scan the barcode at the bottom of this post.
The app was developed by Peter Krenesky of the Oregon State University Open Source Lab and itself open source.
OSCON is just a little over a week away now and we're busy making the final preparations for what we think will be the best OSCON yet. As you plan out your time at OSCON, keep in mind we have a lot of evening events happening outside of the regularly scheduled program. The majority of these events are designed to get you away from your laptop (or mobile device) and socializing face-to-face with the rest of the open source community.
In her blog on Linux Magazine, Rikki Kite gives a great overview of talks being delivered by women at OSCON, from the "highly technical topics to the perfectly practical."
As conference chairs, Allison Randal and I are keen to hear from women speakers as much as we can, so it's great to see Rikki's blog post celebrating them in this year's OSCON. We hope that it will encourage others to join in and submit proposals for next year too!
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