Dru Lavigne (WIOS)
"Now What?" for the Open Source Noob
Open Source Business Resource

Dru Lavigne is a network and systems administrator, IT instructor, and author with over a decade of experience administering and teaching Netware, Microsoft, Cisco, Checkpoint, SCO, Solaris, Linux and BSD systems. A prolific author, she pens the popular FreeBSD Basics column for O'Reilly and is author of BSD Hacks and The Best of FreeBSD Basics. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Open Source Business Resource (http://www.osbr.ca), a free monthly publication covering open source and the commercialization of open source assets. She is founder and current Chair of the BSD Certification Group Inc. (http://www.bsdcertification.org), a non-profit organization with a mission to create the standard for certifying BSD system administrators.



This presentation will offer practical advice for new users to get the most out of their open source experience.

Main points include:

- transitioning from your current operating system to an open source one

- finding equivalents to your favourite applications

- what to do when you can't find an equivalent

- getting the most out of forums, IRC, and mailing lists

- the value of community

- how to contribute back without (necessarily) turning into a geek