One for the record books

The Southern California Linux Expo turned their annual event up to 11 this year in more ways than one.

SCALE 11X, celebrating its 11th year as the first-of-the-year Linux/Open Source expo in North America, played host to more than 2,300 attendees visiting more than 100 exhibitors and hearing more than 90 speakers giving a wide variety of presentations during the course of the three-day event.

The envelope, please . . .


SCALE 11X attendees voted on their favorite Saturday exhibitors in six different categories, and exhibitors went all out to impress.

The envelope, please . . .

The winners of the SCALE 11X Exhibitor Contest are:

Favorite Clothing Item: Puppet Labs
Most Interesting Swag: HP
Strangest Swag: Zenoss
Most Useful Swag: Silicon Mechanics
Most Passionate .Org: BeagleBoard/PandaBoard
Most Memorable Booth: LinuxChix

Honorable mentions go to: Fedora, RackSpace, O'Reilly Media, Linux Astronomy, OpenStack, M-Go, EFF, So Cal Python.

Exhibitor Contest now on

The SCALE team wants to generate buzz about exhibitors and provide an icebreaking opportunity for vendors to reach out to attendees in the exhibit hall. So we have a new activity this year to help our attendees appreciate the presentation you've created at your booth, our new Exhibitor Contest.

Every badge sheet this year has a "Favorite SCALE Exhibitors" contest ballot printed on it, for attendees to slip into their badge sleeves. If you want to participate, this is your opportunity: you can ask attendees to vote for you on the spot, anytime, anywhere.

Interview: Guillermo Antonio Amaral Bastidas

We had a chance to sit down with Guillermo Antonio Amaral Bastidas, SCALE 11x speaker and exhibitor, and discuss some of the exciting projects he's been working on. Guillermo will be speaking about his free & open source video game system, as well as showing it off in his exhibitor booth.

SCALE: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

Interview: Ruth Suehle

If you attend any Linux/FOSS event during the course of the year on, oh, the planet Earth, you'll probably run into Ruth Suehle. Ruth works in Red Hat's Open Source and Standards group, which aims to help upstream open source software communities. She also leads the Fedora Project's marketing team and is co-author of the upcoming Raspberry Pi Hacks book from O'Reilly. Ruth will give the presentation "Pi on Your Face: Getting Hands-on with Raspberry Pi" on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in room Century CD. The SCALE Team caught her at the airport for this brief interview.

Interview: Phil Jackson

After winning a record number of NBA championships . . . oh, wait. Not that Phil Jackson? OK. As Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, Phil Jackson is the lead customer contact for SoftLayer’s robust API. He also develops and maintains a portion of the company’s software platform and content. Phil is giving the presentation "Anatomy of an Internet Scale Application" on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in room Los Angeles C.
Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

Interview: Karsten Wade

Red Hat's "Community Gardener" Karsten Wade is a SCALE veteran: A former keynoter and presenter, Karsten is an 18-year IT industry veteran, and has worked most sides of common business equations as an IS manager, professional services consultant, technical writer, developer advocate, and open source specialist. Karsten will be giving the presentation "How to build an open community infrastructure of participation" on Friday, Feb. 22, at 1:30 p.m. in room Los Angeles C.

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

Interview: Solomon Chang

Solomon Chang is a MySQL certified DBA and a former director of LAMPSIG. He works as a professional Database Administrator for Oracle Advanced Customer Support servicing Visa in Foster City, and is a co-author of the MySQL Cluster Certification Study Guide. His presentation, "RDBMS for puzzle solving," is at 1:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 22, in room Century CD.
Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

Interview: Dave Stokes

Dave Stokes is a MySQL Community Manager for Oracle and previously was the Certification Manager for MySQL AB. He has worked at companies ranging alphabetically from the American Heart Association to Xerox, has three college degrees, enjoys riding his Honda Goldwing motorcycle, lives in North Texas, and started with UNIX in the Version 7 days. Dave is giving the presentation "Writing Better MySQL Queries for Beginners" on Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. in room Century CD. The SCALE Team caught up with Dave for a brief interview.