In this new talk by Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager and author of The Art of Community by O'Reilly, he explores the evolution of Open Source, Free Culture and social media and explores the mechanics behind the revolution that is changing the way people learn, create and interact with each other.
Using his trademark British humor, pumped full of stories, anecdotes and thought-provoking conclusions, Bacon deconstructs the web of innovations that started with one man getting angry with a printer and have led to a world-changing movement, complete with the opportunities, risks, internal struggles and growth that has come along for the ride. The Engine Of Revolution provides a intriguing yet entertaining assessment of the story so far; the ideal start to a weekend of diverse and wide ranging content at SCALE.
This session is a hands-on exploration of the XO and Sugar on a Stick. Participants will learn about the latest and greatest Sugar Activities and the simple processes for getting them for their students.
We will look at Sugar on a Stick (SoaS), which lets you run the OLPC operating system and applications on a variety of PC platforms and Intel-based Macs. We’ll cover how to download SoaA and transfer it to a USB drive. Time permitting, Sugar on a Stick will be compared to the OLPC XO, and we’ll discuss the upcoming XO 1.5 and the expansion of applications.
Learn about what it takes to run a business based on open source software from someone who has made his living at it for over 8 years.
Running a business based on open source software is very much like running any kind of business. One needs a product, customers and some way to make money. In other ways it can be very different.
This talk uses the Hasbro game of "Life" as a metaphor for the process of starting such a venture. The speaker will use anecdotes from his eight years of running OpenNMS to illustrate most of the points.
While not a "how-to" guide, attendees will learn a lot of things to consider when deciding to start their own business. It is hoped that some of the pitfalls, speed bumps and land mines can be avoided, but in any case it is sure to be entertaining.
How to promote free software projects to attract users, developers, translators, content creators, and more.
While some developers are happy working alone on a project for their own use, many others would rather build a community of developers, users, content creators, translators, and so on. In order for that to happen, the word needs to get out -- people need to know about the project and what it
is trying to accomplish. There are lots of ways to do that, but many projects make it unnecessarily hard for interested folks to find out what they are up to. Because of that, good work languishes, opportunities for cross-pollination between projects are lost, and free software is not as
good as it could be.
This talk will give some guidelines and ideas for projects that want to do a better job of presenting what they do to the greater free software
world. We'll cover things like interfacing with the press, using blogs and mailing lists, web site organization, and more. Participants should leave
with a much better idea of how to make a bigger splash with their projects.
Using an open-source, web-based model termed the "FlexBook," this talk will present our efforts to pioneer the generation and distribution of high quality educational webtexts that will serve both as source materials for a student's learning and, as well,
"FlexBooks" are a more flexible and less expensive system for creating and distributing books and online content. They contain high quality online content and are easy to create, update and print. They provide a new system that will follow an open source philosophy to place content online that can be "mixed, modified and printed", following the models of Apache.org and Wikipedia.org.
CK-12 moderates the expansion of its content base while creating a framework for aligning its assets with an expanding base of learning standards. CK-12 intends to make use of the Creative Commons attribution license, which grants freedom to anyone to use and reuse its core materials.
Hands on demonstrations of Open Source double entry accounting systems.
Looking for a powerful web based double entry accounting solution? Consider LedgerSMB. LedgerSMB started as a fork of SQL-Ledger and has evolved into a far more secure and community driven Open Source project. The LedgerSMB project's current priority is to provide an extremely capable yet user-friendly accounting and ERP solution to small to mid-size businesses where there is interest in using the software.
Learn first hand how LedgerSMB operates by interacting with a live system - create invoices, enter payments and general ledger entries.
So, you've heard of BSD but haven't tried it yet. Or perhaps you used it years ago and are wondering what has since changed in the BSD world. This talk will introduce the BSD family of operating systems. We'll start with a brief comparison of the BSD projects and a description of the BSD release engineering process. We'll then cover the main differences between BSD and Linux from an administrative and end-user point of view. This will be followed by an overview of some features which aren't available on non-BSD systems.
Gnash is a high-priority project of the Free Software Foundation whose goals are to create a free player for Adobe flash content. Gnash runs on dozens of different platforms from small embedded devices, up to large super-computers. This talk focuses on the technology of the project, its capabilities, and how we develop the software.
A Linux/Unix solution for cross platform Disk to Disk backups.
BackupPC (http://backuppc.sourceforge.net) is a free, enterprise-grade backup software suite with a web-based frontend for backing up Linux, Unix, Windows, and Mac OSX computers.
No client is necessary, as the server is itself a client for several protocols that are handled by other services native to the client OS. BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain.
Background, history, strengths, weaknesses of BackupPC
Home, Small Business, and Enterprise Scenarios
Scaling to several thousand machines
Performance and Troubleshooting Tips
Who should attend: System administrators who are interested in Disk to Disk backups for their servers or workstations: no prior experience with BackupPC is required, but a basic knowledge of Unix shell commands is helpful.
Take back to work: The strengths and weaknesses of BackupPC, capacity planning, configuration for various client machines, and how to design a BackupPC installation that will scale from a few up to several thousand machines.
MySpace, Facebook, Youtube.... Students in your school districts are using it, staff in your school districts are using it. Come and see how other are using internal open source social networking tools to leverage learning in a controlled environment. You will be able to test and use various social networks and microblogging platforms hands-on.