January 20-22, 2012, Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel


Karsten Wade

oVirt - Infrastructure and Management Platform for the Data Center

This presentation is for anyone who cares about Linux-based KVM virtualization. It is to give a high-level look at the new oVirt project. oVirt was restarted as an open sourcing of the RHEV management platform. The new project is releasing code from a community of interested people and vendors you recognize. The oVirt Project is an open virtualization project providing a feature-rich server virtualization management system with advanced capabilities for hosts and guests, including high availability, live migration, storage management, system scheduler, and more. By open we mean open source and open governance, done right. The presentation will cover the history of the code, how and why the community was created, and the governance and methods of the community. In addition, all the current components of the oVirt project will be discussed at a high-level.


John Mark Walker

Introducing the Open Cloud Initiative

The Open Cloud Initiative has been created by a number of well-known representatives of the greater cloud computing community to educate the public about the value of open standards (specifically, open formats and open interfaces) in cloud computing (e.g. the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product). It is modeled after the Open Source Initiative, a California 501(c)3 non-profit, but is totally independent of it. Run by individuals, it is also independent of any commercial vendors. The Open Cloud Principles (http://www.opencloudinitiative.org/principles), which were developed by way of an open community consensus process, form the basis of a certification trademark program which allows users to request, and vendors to offer, “Open Cloud” certified products and services. The primary purpose of the Open Cloud Initiative is to provide a legal framework within which to research and define “Open Cloud” and develop programs that educate the technology industry at large as to its benefits. Our programs will include speaking at and hosting events related to cloud computing; media campaigns in the technology press advocating for open formats and open interfaces; certification programs that enable the community to designate products and services as Open Cloud-compliant; and education of consumers and providers of cloud computing as to the benefits of Open Cloud. Learn all about the OCI, including how you can join our efforts.


Karsten Wade

How to start and sustain an open source project of any size and scope

Learning what it takes to create and grow an open source project is trapped in the brains of many people. Many people want to know what makes a project tick, how it actually gets things done. This session is going to open the brain of one person who will channel all the experience he has, all that he has learned in open source communities and working for Red Hat, in to taking the audience through how to start and sustain an open source project. Hands on. If we're going to be in a room together, we might as well get some work done toward what interests you.


Robyn Bergeron

Don't be an *aaS: Why Community and Open Source Matter in The Cloud

"Open" and "Cloud" may be the two of the most overused buzz words in technology today -- and certainly also two words with a vast number of interpretations of meaning. In this session, Robyn (as a Service!) will explore the intersections of these two paradigms, discuss the various layers of Freedom in the cloud atmosphere, and explain *how* and *why* Community Matters Matter in The Cloud. Topics Include: * Why opening your source isn't enough -- and throwing it over the fence is even worse * Building a community of participation (even when things are hard) the Open Source Way * Why Freedom is important at every layer, from infrastructure all the way to user data * As a prospective community member or user -- what you should expect to see to be free.


Bryan Smith

Pandaboard: Embedded Linux Extravaganza

Pandaboard: Everyone Loves a Bear - I cover where the Pandaboard fits in with the landscape of Open Embedded Platforms and why it currently reigns supreme.

  • Features
    • I/O More I/O Even more I/O The components that are integrated into the Pandaboard are numerous and wonderful. The list goes on and on, yet I’ll leave no stone unturned.
  • Developer's Delight
    • Do you own a soldering iron?
  • Hacks
    • Unpopulated Headers
  • GPIO
    •  Open Hardware isn’t open if we can’t solder it to our (insert item here) and add components to the board that we need to achieve a goal. Developers love to see hacks and innovation
  • Demo
    •  Booting Pandaboard 
  • 1080p Demo
    • 3D graphics - Attendees will be dazzled and amazed at how smoothly the Pandaboard cruises 1080p video and processes a 3D graphics demonstration
  • Word to the wise
    • What to avoid
    • Pitfalls
    • Gripes
    • Tricks

The Pandaboard is awesome hardware yet there are pitfalls that can be thwarted by future adopters and tricks of the trade to ease adoption.


Larry Cafiero

User Groups 2.1: Noob Morning in America

With a wide variety of new users coming to Linux User Groups (LUGs) for help, LUGs are faced with a somewhat daunting task: The care and feeding of new users. Helping LUGs handle the influx of new users -- and also helping LUGs with outreach. These two facets of user groups -- helping others and doing outreach -- are vital to the success of FOSS. This presentation is a reprise of the talk "User Groups 2.0: Noob Morning in America" that I gave at SCALE 9X, with additional information regarding updates and a how-to in forming a LUG.


Larry Cafiero

On Beyond Zenwalk

From Arch to Zenwalk, there are roughly 320 active Linux and Unix (BSD) distributions, according to Distrowatch. Many of them are standard-issue, production-model distros made for the average user, like Ubuntu or Fedora or OpenSUSE. Others are more specialized and are more "high performance" than your showroom model distro. Looking at what John Cooper did with the Mini back in the 1960s -- making the Mini Cooper -- or what Carroll Shelby did for the Ford Mustang -- making the Cobras -- this presentation takes a look at the lesser-known, albeit higher performance, distros. Bear in mind that like the Shelby Cobra, these distros are not for everyone and you can fasten your seat belts for a fast ride. [Note: This is not a presentation about Zenwalk.]


Joe Brockmeier

All You Wanted to Know About Working with the Media (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Whether you're an individual developer, working with an open source project, or working with a business that is involved in open source, odds are you could benefit from working well with the media. In this talk, I'll give an overview of what tech press do, what we look to cover, and how you can work with the media (or become the media) to benefit yourself, your project, and/or your company.

The presentation will cover:

  • What tech press are looking for.
  • How to develop positive relationships with press.
  • How to write effective announcements/releases.
  • Making corrections.
  • Having a press- (and user-) friendly site.
  • The secrets of working with the press.

Jesse Andrews

State of the OpenStack

OpenStack's mission is to produce the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform that will meet the needs of public and private cloud providers regardless of size, by being simple to implement and massively scalable. Because OpenStack abstracts servers, networks and storage to a single restful API, integrating it with your system(s) can be an ordeal. Lessons learned in the field with real deployments at Sony Computer Entertainment America and x.commerce. To help getting it to work for you, we will explore the architecture of major components and how to setup a complete development environment using devstack, a documented shell script that goes from Ubuntu to a running cloud in 5 minutes.


Thomas Stocking

Cloud Computing for Small Business

We will start off talking about the past, or legacy forms of shared computing: Bulletin Boards, shared hosting, and the hosting you get from domain registrars. We will look at the current hype of Cloud computing (still in full swing) and what it means for enterprises. We will briefly cover the education problem, and how everyone explains cloud computing a little differently. Exactly what is the cloud? It depends on who you talk to (and what they are selling). From there we will go on to discuss what open source software like Linux does to the economics of cloud computing, and why this is good, and what the wise adoption of cloud computing does to the data sharing model, and why this is bad (if not really new). The bottom line? If you accept some risk, open source can be an enabler to low-cost, easy to use, cloud-based compute resources. On to small business use cases like e-commerce. Is shared hosting enough? Do you need an app to deliver your product? What about a database? Cloud computing is better than shared, and cheaper than dedicated hosting. Do you run a software company? What about an open source project? Combining private Cloud computing like VMware's ESXi with cheap public cloud, pay-as-you-go hosting can address your needs for dev and test servers, and, if you decide to offer product training, you can give your attendees a cloud instance to run with. Another cloud altogether is the SaaS offering, and some of the bigger SaaS offerings like Salesforce are cost-effective at small numbers of users (or even free). This can help you get off the ground as a little guy, but beware the lock-in that comes with these solutions. It's really expensive to have a dozen or more accounts, so if your small business is headed for medium size, consider another path. Finally we will talk about what the future holds: the coming blood bath of contenders for the enterprise market, and how low-priced, targeted hosting companies can service the underserved, using Linux and open source. In Q&A, we want to hear your stories: did/do you use the cloud in your small business? How is it working out? Do you have a horror story or a shining example to show us? What do you think about the current crop of cloud offerings? Any cloud APIs you really like or hate? What do you think about the price charged by Amazon? Anyone have a favorite (or least favorite) vendor to tell the group about?



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