Going to the show

If you’re a baseball fan, the blog’s title needs little explanation. Just in case you aren’t — and that would include most of you who aren’t on the North American continent — when a baseball player in the minor leagues “goes to the show,” it means he’s been called up to the Major Leagues.

Of course, going to the show can mean something completely different in FOSS circles, like going to the show, as in the Linux expo or gathering.

I don’t know him, but a friend of a friend in the Silicon Valley who goes by “jefro” posted a schedule of FOSS events throughout the year on his blog here. Admittedly most of them are in the U.S., and most of those in the U.S. are actually near where I live, so I’ll be going to many of them.

The schedule is posted here in order for others to get an idea of what’s out there, show-wise. If you’re near one, attend. If you’re near one and attend — and help promote CrunchBang at the event — that’s even better.

Not only was it a privilege to represent CrunchBang at the Southern California Linux Expo SCALE 10X, I had a lot of fun in the process. It’s not hard, people are curious about CrunchBang and, in many cases, the distro promotes itself on its merits.

Next on my schedule is Linux Fest Northwest, in late April in Bellingham, Washington, just north of Seattle and just south of the Canadian border. CrunchBang already has a table and I’ve submitted both a “Intro to CrunchBang” talk and there will be a CrunchBang “Birds of a Feather” gathering during the course of the show.

If you live nearby, come on up to Bellingham and help out. You get free admission as an exhibitor. Ping me if you’re interested.

Live in the Carolinas? Head to POSSCON, the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference in South Carolina next month. Indiana? Indiana Linux Fest is held in mid-April in Indianapolis. Texas? Texas Linux Fest will probably be scheduled for early to mid-May this year in Austin, and while the site has yet to be updated, I think I’ll probably make it this year.

Want to go to a show? Great! Get there because there’s a lot to see and a lot to do. Want to go to represent CrunchBang and need help? Not to worry: I am an old hand at this, so ask me. I used to organize the booths for the Fedora Project in the expos west of the Rockies for years and I know the ins and outs of how to organize these things.

CrunchBang deserves to go to the show, both in a baseball and non-baseball sense. So do you. So what’s keeping you?

(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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3 responses to “Going to the show

  1. Hi Larry, thanks for the shout-out! Glad the calendar is useful. I’d be happy to add anything relevant that I missed, just send a note.

    BTW I lived in Felton in the late 1990s. Small world 🙂 I think we met at OSCON a few years ago if I’m not mistaken.

    • jefro — Thanks for posting the schedule. It’s hard to find a comprehensive list of events, so you’re doing us a great favor (by the way, did we meet at OSCON?).

      • I think Karsten introduced us at a Fedora BoF. I’m pretty sure it was OSCON, but the conferences tend to blend together after a while!

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