Whither a Linux track at OSCON?

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Nat Torkington
Feb. 24, 2003 05:33 PM

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I'm getting a few questions about why there's not a Linux track at OSCON. My first answer, whenever I'm asked why anything isn't at OSCON, is "space". I could put on a kick-ass showcase of everything in open source, if I had fifteen rooms for five days. However, I don't ...

The specific reason for Linux, though, is that I think most of the interest in Linux lies in what you can do with it, rather than the latest filesystems or other kernel hackery. That is, most people are interested in running applications on top of Linux rather than in running Linux qua Linux. So most of the Linux juice will be in the "Applications" track (desktop GUIs, SAMBA, etc.), and that's where I'll throw any system administration stuff as well.

Am I high? Is there really an audience of many thousands of people who will come to OSCON to hear a day or two of kernel hackery talks?


Nat Torkington is conference planner for the Open Source Convention, OSCON Europe, and other O'Reilly conferences. He was project manager for Perl 6, is on the board of The Perl Foundation, and is a frequent speaker on open source topics. He cowrote the bestselling Perl Cookbook.

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