I have been to the Ohio Linux Festival once, four years ago. I had a really great time, met interesting people, and made plans to come back the next year. Then I got married the next year on the same weekend that OLF was being held. As much fun as I had at OLF06, I couldn’t really choose it over my own wedding (though frankly, I’m surprised some of our guests picked us over the show). The next year, they had the nerve to schedule it on my anniversary. Jeez!
This year, though, it’s scheduled earlier in September (from the 10th to the 12th), which means I can go! Except that I can’t. I’ve had other stuff scheduled for that weekend for almost a year. Ugh!
On the other hand, you CAN go (and I’m jealous). The schedule looks great, and I’ll let you in on a little tip. It’s directly across the street from Barley’s, home to some of the best burgers and beer in the city. That alone might be worth the trip!
As for the Linux Fest itself, it’s free admission, but if you’re coming (and you are, right?), you should really consider some of the OLFU classes, which are available for a fee. OLFU is the Ohio LinuxFest University, and it’s a day of training put on by LOPSA, the League of Professional System Administrators. I’m a (too-often absentee) member of the committee that is responsible for the classes, and I want to tell you that I’m very excited to see some of the things we’ve got lined up.
The thing that I’m most thrilled about is a class called Datacenters: Planning, Expanding, and Migrating. Finally, a physical infrastructure class! Holy Cow! If I could make it, I would sign up for this class in a heartbeat. How many times have you needed to make changes to the infrastructure, and were told, “Sorry, we can’t have any downtime”. I’m doing a big migration soon myself, and I would love to be part of this class. This alone may be worth the trip.
A course that sounds intriguing is Black Magic: Linux Troubleshooting and System Administration. I’ve talked to the instructor, John Billings, on IRC, and he really knows his stuff. I’m hoping that there are some notes or slides from this class (or maybe you could write a guest blog / review of the class, and I could post it here).
There are a ton of other courses as well. Check out the course list and decide what you want to take. As always with these things, the hard part is narrowing it down.
So go to Linux Fest and have a good time for me. Make sure to bring back all kinds of stories and let me know how it goes. Oh, and LOPSA is looking for volunteers to help them man the booth there, so if you want to volunteer some time, comment on this entry (or drop me an email) and let me know. We appreciate any help we can get!