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.

Many of the sessions had full attendance, and some were in overflow status. A testament to the quality of the presentations during the course of SCALE 11X is that some of the final presentations on Sunday afternoon were also full.

Videos of the presentations are currently being collected and processed, and will be available for viewing as soon as possible. An announcement when these are ready will be made, with accompanying links.

Also, the two-day SCALE 11X Linux Beginner Class successfully trained 32 new Linux users in installing Linux and doing basic system configuration.

The SCALE Team would like to thank its sponsors for their continued support: IBM, Facebook, Rackspace, BeachBody, Servers Direct; Hewlett-Packard, Ooyala, Puppet Labs, M-GO, OpenNMS Group, SaltStack, OpenStack, Arista, Odroid, Opscode, AMD, Seamicro, Pogo Linux, MySQL, Google, MediaTemple, Perforce, CFEngine, Ticketmaster, Reliam, Linux Professional Institute, One Course Source, Mozilla,, Edgecast, Q, Ubuntu, Serversdirect, Github, and Dreamhost. SCALE would also like to thank the media sponsors as well: Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, ACMqueue, Usenix and Backbone.

More importantly, SCALE 11X would not be possible without the support and behind-the-scenes work of their volunteers, which make the show the great event it is on an annual basis. A huge “thank you” goes out to each of you. Volunteer opportunities are always available by sending an e-mail to

The SCALE 11X Exhibitor Contest winners are:

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

Honorable mentions go to Fedora, Rackspace, O'Reilly Media, Linux Astronomy, OpenStack, M-Go and Electronic Frontier Foundation.

In other announcements, openSUSE held a raffle for a Raspberry Pi, and the money raised in the raffle, $265, was donated to SCALE.

Over the next several days, the SCALE Team will be posting photos and other news from the expo. Visit for details.

Last, and certainly not least, the SCALE Team thanks everyone who attended SCALE 11X, and we hope the event was a success for attendees.