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Ohio LinuxFest 2010

by Jeremy L. Gaddis on August 31, 2010 · 0 comments

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The eighth annual Ohio LinuxFest will be held on September 10-12, 2010 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Hosting authoritative speakers and a large expo, the Ohio LinuxFest welcomes all Free and Open Source Software professionals, enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about Free and Open Source Software.

I’ve attended the Ohio LinuxFest numerous times and it has always been a top-notch event. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this year as I already have plans for that Saturday. If I didn’t, though, I would definitely be there. I’d probably also register for the OLFU Classes on Friday, just to sit in the IPv6 Essentials and Deployment Strategies session in the morning and the Data Centers: Planning, Expanding, Managing session in the afternoon ($350 seems a bit steep, though).

For what it’s worth, I have never failed to have a good time at this event. They have moved the date up from when it originally was, however, which is somewhat disappointing. The Ohio LinuxFest used to coincide with the Columbus Oktoberfest which was held just a few blocks away (it has since moved to a new venue, it seems). My girlfriend (at the time) wasn’t a geek at all, but she would go with me to the “dorkfest” (her word, not mine). We’d spend the day at the LinuxFest (well, she usually went shopping) and spend the evenings at Oktoberfest or a nearby bar. On the last day, before returning home, we’d spend time at the Columbus Zoo or divert south, swing by the Great American Ball Park, and catch a Reds game.

In short, you can make a weekend of it and bring your family along as well.

If you just want to check out the regular presentations, you can do that by signing up for the free “Enthusiast Package”. For just $65, however, you can sign up for the “Supporter Package” and support the Ohio LinuxFest. That $65 gets you a cool t-shirt and lunch on Saturday and you get a warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that you helped support the event (registration link).

One final note: Mark Krenz, of Twitter @climagic fame, will be presenting a session on Friday entitled “Command Line Magic: 25 Commands You Can Do Right Now”. Mark is a Linux System Administrator who works right down the road from me and was, for a few years, the fearless leader of our local Linux Users Group. Oh, and I just remembered, he still has a few of my Cisco switches… =)

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