OpenSource World 2009

I attended Linuxworld, which is now OpenSource world for the first time in many years today. The last time I attended was the last year that Linus Torvalds actually gave a keynote at the event, which should give some idea how long ago it was!

This year’s was a very different kind of event, but I actually picked up some good information and had a good time. Stopped in at the Dice career fair and made the rounds of the 10 or so companies represented. Phoenix technologies was actually looking for a system administrator, and is located in the right part of the Bay Area. Amazon and Rackspace are hiring, but in Seattle and Texas, respectively. Talked to an FBI Analyst for a minute and pictured myself as the hero of one of those fast paced crime dramas – NOT.

Best talk of the day was Gavin Roy’s presentation on scaling web applications. You can see his slides here. If you can make it tomorrow (8/13/2009) at the Moscone Center check it out. I’m not going to make the long drive tomorrow myself, but there are some talks I’d really like to see (Laura Chappell doing her protocol analysis thing, and another one on troubleshooting). If you go, let me know what you liked.

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