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Old 05-14-2008, 05:35 PM   #1
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Gratis OSCON 2008 Conference Pass

With a winner selected in the Ubuntu Live contest, it's time to move on to OSCON 2008, which is happening July 21-25 in Portland, Oregon. For those of you who've never attended this fantastic conference, this is your chance to get a 100% gratis pass (valued at $1445.00). To be eligible, simply post in this thread explaining how you work with Open Source or how you contribute to the Open Source community, along with why you want to attend OSCON. We'll randomly select a winner from the eligible entries. We only have a single pass to give away, so please make sure you are able to attend the event before entering. Thanks, and good luck. Keep in mind that you are responsible for all travel, lodging and any other related costs. We'll select the winner on May 31st. Good luck.

Old 05-14-2008, 05:37 PM   #2
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OSCON is a vibrant meeting ground for the open source community to inspire, debate, make deals, motivate, and connect face to face. OSCON 2008 will feature the key players and issues influencing open source today, and explore the greatest potential for open source tomorrow. Join over 2500 of the best, brightest, and most interesting people, to explore what's new, and to champion the cause of open principles and open source adoption across the computing industry.
Keep in mind that all readers can save 15% off conference fees, just use code "os08linq" when you register.

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Old 05-14-2008, 09:10 PM   #3
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I would like to win free pass to OSCON

I have been using opensource for many years. I live 90 miles south of Portland OR.
My ws is Ubuntu 8.04, I browse with FF 3.05 beta. I run OpenX, WordPress, Apache+PHP+mySQL, sendmail and all the rest of it on my own server which I maintain. and it is under consideration that I will release a major web application that I have been working on for years to Source Forge.
Linux has gotten so much easier that I haven't had many problems lately, so I haven't posted here, but I guess I would like to know why my new NIC doesn't work on Ubuntu if and when my old one goes to NIC heaven.

I should win this because I work for myself and my employer cant afford to send me.
Old 05-15-2008, 08:39 AM   #4
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Thumbs up Working with OpenSource

I have been working with open source since before the term "open source" was coined.

I am both a software developer and an educator. Most of the software I have developed is used in projects with students and fellow faculty members. In the courses I teach, I emphasize to students the benefits of open source and how, by being part of the community if only in looking at the development process, one gains immeasurably. I have also pointed out to students that many open source packages are superior to commercial packages. Students in my CS courses who use an editor such as emacs or the GNU suite of compilers progress much faster than those who think that just clicking on pretty pictures is the way to get something done. As a secondary benefit, my students learn when installing open source packages.

Recently, one of my students installed Gentoo by building the kernel on his own. This summer several students will be building a server. This is where the future lies.
Old 05-15-2008, 02:18 PM   #5
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Thumbs up I love open source

I wish I were a programmer, but I'm not. I've been a heavy user of GNU/Linux and open source software since buying my first version of Red Hat Linux 6.2 (i386, of course).

Since that time, I've used Red Hat, Fedora, SuSE, Debian, and Ubuntu consistently. I have 2 Ubuntu systems in use heavily; 1 is my personal desktop system, and the other is a CIFS/Samba server that actively serves users at a small Public Relations firm.

I would love to attend OSCON to get more hands-on experience with programming and the ways I can learn about replacing proprietary code with open source alternatives.
Old 05-15-2008, 02:43 PM   #6
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hi. i'd love to pick up the free pass to the
conference. i've been doing nothing but java
with springframework and jboss for a year,
they're open source and all, but i'd love to
hear about just about anything else for a
few days.
Old 05-15-2008, 02:43 PM   #7
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I just dove into the deep end


I have used Linux pretty much exclusively now for 5 years as my desktop. I started off on Debian and have now moved over to (K)ubuntu. I've also tasted other flavors such as Fedora and Suse.

Apart from all the obvious OSS tools I use on my desktop I have used OSS software libraries as part of my job and my school assignments.

Recently I started my M.Sc. studies and shortly thereafter I was offered a job at my university which involves (in part) administration of the computer systems for the CS department. I haven't really done much sysadmin work before (except just fiddling around with my personal servers and such) so this is really a dive into the deep end for me.

My dream is to work towards increasing the use of OSS within my school. Not only on the servers there but also with the teacher and student bodies. I think attending a conference like OSCON would be one of the strongest moves I could make to get a proper overview of a wide range of topics that cover all aspects of my future work here.
Old 05-15-2008, 05:27 PM   #8
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Linux Since kernel 0.99pl10

My introduction to Linux came from an online friend who suggested that I download and try Linux "while it's still free". That was back in 1993. She suggested that I try the MCC Distribution which was published by Dr. Owen LeBlanc of the Manchester Computing Centre, UK. The entire distribution fit neatly on 8 diskettes--much better than having to choose from SLS (which later became Slackware) and some of the other distributions of the time. Debian, Ubuntu and Red Hat have been my primary desktop for the last 6 years at various places of employment and at home. I manage about 400 Linux workstations and a few servers in two countries for a living.
Old 05-15-2008, 05:42 PM   #9
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I would love to be a part of OSCON. I began my OS journey with the installation of Mandrake (circa 6) and soon became a connoisseur of distributions. I used the RedHat lab almost exclusively for my CS coursework in college, and have run everything from DSL to Vector to DreamLinux to Fedora and now mostly Ubuntu. We even have a Ubuntu/Debian mirror in the office that serves also as a knoppix NetBooter. I practically evangelize the OS flavors of *nix.

I am currently part of a company that uses exclusively OS components to build our SaaS tools and solutions. Our development office is in the city limits of Portland.

As far as my contributions, I have primarily helped with debugging and answering questions on forums ( a little bit here, some in Ubuntu Forums, some in old mailing lists) or in real life.

I'd appreciate the free ride, and I hope that I would represent you well.

If someone else is selected, they should shoot me an email and we'll grab a beer while you're in town.

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Old 05-15-2008, 08:30 PM   #10
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I would really like the chance to attend OSCON. My exposure to Open Source spans not only the operating systems, but programming too. True my laptop duel boots with OpenSUSE 10.3 and Windows. I run OpenSUSE 10.3 on my work desktop with an ATI dual head card running two seperate monitors allowing two seperate sessions of VMWare Desktop; one per monitor. My OpenSUSE allows me to run Linux backups of my VM session diirectories to an external USB drive in case of system crash.

I have implemented SLES 10 servers into our network running GWAVAs RELOAD and REDLINE software. In implementing our SLES servers I am running experimental servers for our move from Novell NetWare to Open Enterprise Server on Linux. During this time I have participated in beta testing of Linux desktops and Servers in the SUSE line.

I taught myself Perl from several books, forums and online tutorials. I have used Perl to create scripts to do everything from reformatting comma delimited spreadsheet files to pulling data from Novell's eDir with SQL calls.

My personal preference for coding web pages and Perl CGI pages is TextPad. I have created CGI pages that use Novell eDir for authentication and matching group membership before prefilling online forms.

I just reviewed the OSCON site and I see many presenters for the Perl sessions that have authored the books I have learned from. I have attended YAPC due to manetary restrictions, but I would really enjoy attending OSCON.
Old 05-15-2008, 09:24 PM   #11
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I'm a system engineer for a company in Penang, Malaysia which major involve in DR, virtualization, anti-spam, network, storage project.

Beside, i'm also a team leader for a group of freelance which provide SMB solution using JOOMLA, DRUPAL, PHPNUKE, Ubuntu Linux Server & Desktop.

Our team do involve in "FOSS for School" project. We donate pre-installed Ubuntu, Fedora desktop system and pc-as-server and provide free training for student. Our goal is Learn, Share, Gain then Contribute.

It is truly my pleasure to stand the chance attending OSCON and learn, gain knowledge then contribute more to community.
Old 05-15-2008, 10:19 PM   #12
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I just must win because I love OpenSource, it is my way to do things and I would die for it. What a pity I live in Argentina.
Old 05-15-2008, 10:57 PM   #13
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I'm newer to Linux and idea of Free Software, and I have been running Linux on my own personal machines for over a year. I run Slackware 12.1 on my desktop and Fedora 8 on my laptop currently, but started with openSUSE 10.1. I use only free software with the exception of two proprietary, legacy map programs. I contribute with bug reports and forum posts where I can, and have contributed monetarily to a few projects I really appreciated. Once I brush up on some rusty programming skills from college, I was hoping to find a project where I might contribute a bug fix and grow with. Now that I know all about Free Software, I couldn't choose anything else.
Old 05-16-2008, 12:58 AM   #14
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I'm working as system administrator in Penang,Malaysia and supporting more that 200 user's RHEL WS4 desktop. LQ is my main source as a reference to troubleshoot my Linux issues.I can say my knowledge is intermediate and this conference will be a platform for me to share and getting knowledge from other experts. I never been to foreign country before and If i could win this not only I'm getting opportunity to go to foreign country but meet a lot of peoples in open source world and will motivate me to grow stronger in this field.
Old 05-16-2008, 01:55 AM   #15
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Smile Touchlib

I don't have time to brag or beg. I work on Touchlib, an OpenSource library for MultiTouch screen interaction handling. I use whatever linux distro is available or appropriate. All I do is write open source software. I have no real job, and I'm not rich. I help people solve very specific problems by using linux in a novel way. I'm writing code now, so I have to go. I hope I win, I need a vacation where I can still be productive.



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