CrunchBang at SCALE 11X

One of the problems with working a show like the Southern California Linux Expo SCALE 11X is that I am “working the show,” meaning I don’t get out to see talks or the exhibit floor or much of what makes SCALE 11X the great show that it is. Being the publicity traffic cop that guides reporters to various speakers and exhibitors while posting scores of social media posts and web page updates leaves yours truly with time to do little else. This is not a complaint, but rather an excuse for not having a more comprehensive report from the show.

I did, however, get to lead the CrunchBang Birds of a Feather session — a meetup of the curious and those who use CrunchBang, held on Saturday evening. The gathering of about 20 people — no more than five who either have used or currently use CrunchBang (me excluded) — attended and after my short presentation, a discussion about the advantages of different window managers atop Debian (Openbox is still the general favorite), when Waldorf will become official (when Wheezy does), and other discussions about what tweaks one can do to their CrunchBang install.

Once again, because no one volunteered to staff the CrunchBang booth at SCALE 11X last weekend in Los Angeles, I had to withdraw it (as mentioned before, because I work for SCALE I couldn’t staff it). But CrunchBang was well represented anyway at SCALE 11X both through the Birds of a Feather session and Philip Banks’ item as part of his blog, “20 Days of SCALE.”

So looking ahead to other shows in North America, we’ll definitely be setting up shop in Bellingham, Washington, with a booth at Linux Fest Northwest at the end of April, where I’ve also submitted a talk about CrunchBang (the best distro you’ve never heard of). Then it’s off to Austin, Texas, for Texas Linux Fest at the end of May, with the remote — remote — possibility of my actually boarding a plane (providing government officials allow me to) and flying to Charlotte, North Carolina, for SELF — that’s SouthEast LinuxFest (Linux in the GNU South — always loved that motto!) in June.

If you’re going to one of these shows and you think you can put in some time at the CrunchBang table, e-mail me at lcafiero-at-lavabit-dot-com.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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CrunchBang at LISA ’12

Along with my two trusty ThinkPads, I’m at the Large Installation System Administration 2012 conference in San Diego — known as LISA ’12, for those of you keeping score at home. At the Southern California Linux Expo SCALE 11X booth at LISA ’12, the ThinkPads were put to work, both running CrunchBang.

One — the T42 with Waldorf testing 20121015 — ran the slide show on a large monitor after a harrowing half-hour of operator error which yours truly miraculously fixed to get it to display right. Once the display and the laptop played nicely together, the slide show went flawlessly all day without a hitch.

The second — a T60 with Waldorf testing 20121015 — ran the registration on for those who wanted to sign up to attend SCALE 11X in Los Angeles in February.

Both machines with CrunchBang ran flawlessly all day, and we get to do it all again tomorrow. Watch this space.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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Represent #! at SCALE

As some of you already know, I’m the publicity chair for the Southern California Linux Expo, better known as SCALE or, in February’s version, SCALE 11X. If you didn’t know that, now you do.

Chairing the publicity committee allows me to enjoy the expo from the media room, herding the cats known as the tech media who come to report on this event, which — next to OSCON — is the most popular and well-attended Linux expo in North America. As an aside it’s also the largest volunteer-produced Linux expo in North America as well. But I digress.

So why am I telling you all this?

CrunchBang has a booth at SCALE 11X in February. I arranged for the booth, I’ll be making DVDs for the booth and I’ll provide some hardware (ThinkPads, to be sure) in order for folks to make live USBs, if they provide them to us, just like we did this year at the booth at Linux Fest Northwest in Bellingham, Washington. Stickers — like this one for Linux Fest Northwest back in April — will probably be part of the mix as well.

The only glitch is that I can’t staff the SCALE 11X because of the aforementioned cat-herding duties. So now I’m looking to the CrunchBangers out there who a.) are going to SCALE 11X in February, b.) are thinking about going to SCALE 11X in February and need some incentive to go, and c.) are going to/thinking about going to SCALE 11X and want to spend some time in the booth promoting CrunchBang.

So if anyone is interested, you can write to me at larry-at-socallinuxexpo.org and we’ll get you the exhibitors’ credentials and all the other stuff set up.

If you can’t make it to SCALE 11X, there’s always Linux Fest Northwest next year, too — we’re already signed up for the April show in Microsoft’s backyard in Bellingham.

This blog, and all other blogs by Larry the Free Software Guy, Larry the CrunchBang Guy and Larry Cafiero, are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license. In short, this license allows others to download this work and share it with others as long as they credit me as the author, but others can’t change it in any way or use it commercially.

Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research (RDR), a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment. RDR is based in Felton, California, USA.

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It’s showtime

As you read this — or as least, as I write this — the O’Reilly Open Source Conference, more commonly known as OSCON, is getting started in Portland, Oregon, and will be open for the better part of the week. OSCON is the largest Linux/Open Source conference in North America — though not the best (that still goes to the Southern California Linux Expo, or SCALE) — and if you’re within driving distance of Portland, you should take the time to go to OSCON this week.

I won’t be at OSCON this week representing CrunchBang for a couple of reasons: a.) I have news colleagues covering the Olympics in London and, with the staff being hacked down to bare bones on the news desk, I have to stay here, and b.) because OSCON leans more toward the corporate and less toward the hackers, the spaces for the “dot-org” section were cut, and they were filled very early, leaving folks like Fedora and Ubuntu scrambling for space when they were passed over in the first round of “dot-org” choices. No doubt that’s been settled by corporate masters up a few rungs on the Red Hat and Canonical ladders respectively. But the chances are that we would have probably been shut out of booth space this year. But next year . . .

However, if you’re in the Southwest — Texas or thereabouts — you might want to check out Texas Linux Fest in San Antonio on Aug. 3-4. Again, I’ll be trapped at my desk and won’t be attending, but TXLF is a growing show that is gaining popularity, and if you’re in the area, you should take the time to go.

The reason I bring these shows up is that I think everyone who is near one — by “near” I mean within either driving or bus/train distance over the course of, say, a day’s travel — should go. You learn a lot at the sessions, you get to see vendors who, more times than not, give you more swag than you can carry (for example, I have not bought a T-shirt since 2006: True story) and, of course, you get to meet and talk to other Linux users about about FOSS programs and distros — especially CrunchBang — if the topic is raised.

I don’t know what’s going on in Europe — FOSDEM has passed if I understand correctly, and I know there are other shows there during the course of the year — but I have heard rumor (or rumour, since it’s happening in the UK) that our own Philip Newborough has been coerced into attending OggCamp in Liverpool sometime next month (and presenting, maybe?).

Other than talking to LUGs about CrunchBang for the rest of the year, I think my schedule for expos and shows this year is done. I don’t fly — my arms get tired — and so I’m going to have to miss shows later in the year, like Ohio Linux Fest, but we’ll have a booth at SCALE and Linux Fest Northwest next year. If you’re in the area and want to work the CrunchBang booth in Los Angeles or Bellingham, Washington (north of Seattle), let me know.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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