Every spring I make a pilgrimage up to Bellingham, Washington, for Linux Fest NorthWest. It's a great little, community driven event all about Linux. Okay. "Little" is the wrong word. This last weekend, Linux Fest NorthWest broke 1,500 attendees – their biggest attendance to date. That's over a thousand Linux nerds hanging out, attending sessions, going to tutorials and eating good food.
And the sessions were just spectacular. Lots of great, educational topics (ranging from photo editing to rolling your own backup solutions), and even a forum chaired by representatives from the ACLU and EFF. (And me, presenting my annual “Why Linux Sucks” and “Why Linux Doesn't Suck” presentations. Videos and slides available here.)
Oh, and thanks to their sponsors (such as openSUSE and Dice), the conference is completely free to attend. You just pay for your own gas to get there. Solidly good deal.
But, perhaps Bellingham, WA, is a bit too far of a journey for you. Luckily, there are other, absolutely spectacular Linux events around North America that I heartily recommend.
SCALE (The Southern California Linux Expo) took place in Los Angeles back in February. So you've missed it. Luckily, it happens every year, so plan ahead for 2014. SCALE, itself, is similar in size to Linux Fest NW and is a solid destination, with some great speakers every year.
If you're looking for something a little sooner, Ohio LinuxFest is going to be taking place from September 13 through 15 this year. And, you guessed it, its held in Ohio. Columbus to be exact. I've never been to Ohio Linux Fest, but word on the street is it’s quite good.
Now, some of you may have never had the opportunity to attend a Linux Fest/Conference before, and may not know what to expect. Here's my top reasons why I make it a point to attend at least one, community-driven conference every year:
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go take a nap to recover from Linux Fest. Man, I tell ya. Linux nerds know how to party...