The first thing I noticed this year was that the attendance seemed a lot higher, maybe even double what it was last year. The Jono Bacon keynote on Saturday morning was packed and since I got there a little late, I was told to go to the overflow room. Unfortunately there were some technical problems in the overflow room and the video shut off before the presentation was over so I missed the end of it.
The exhibit floor was again full of vendors related to Linux, Linux distros, networking and monitoring tools, and open source software in general. This year I enjoyed visiting the booths of Foresight Linux, Splunk, and LinuxFund. I got some decent swag like a red hat (baseball cap) from RedHat, a water bottle from Sun Microsystems, and a purple stuffed octopus from Plain Black. The latter I gave to my 4-month-old son.
I attended the following sessions this year:
- PostgreSQL 8.3: Latest Features of the Most Advanced Database - Josh Berkus
- GNOME: Ten Years of Freedom - Ken VanDine
- GIMP Demystified - Akkana Peck
- Linux Entertain Me! - Cecil Watson
- The Ubuntu Desktop: Bling for Usability - Ted Gould
Overall, I had a great time and will definitely attend again next year if I can. I love the fact that the conference is low-cost, close by, and on the weekend so I don't have to get permission at work to attend.
Thanks for the kind words on Foresight - it was great to meet you, and glad you enjoyed SCALE.
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