[linux-elitists] More on conferences...

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Wed Apr 29 20:33:52 PDT 2009

Here's what I sent out to previous LinuxWorld dot-org
participants about OpenSource World.  IDG is cutting
back the scale of the event this year -- but that's
probably going to be the case for a lot of events that
people would otherwise travel to.  We'll see how many
local Linux and free software freaks there are.

   (You are receiving this mail because you're a
   previous participant in the .org area at LinuxWorld
   Conference and Expo, or because you have applied
   or expressed interest in a booth in the .org area.)
 This year, the show has a new format with a "sponsor
 showcase" instead of the large trade show area.
 The sponsor showcase is designed to make it easier for
 smaller, innovative companies to exhibit on a turnkey
 basis, instead of rolling out the whole circus of
 a conventional trade show.
 Changes from the old LinuxWorld include:
   show schedule: the new format is one day of
   "community day" events, then two days of regular
   keynotes and technical sessions. This format
   should be familiar to Southern California Linux
   Expo attendees.
   Cloud and Data Center: co-located with CloudWorld
   and Next Generation Data Center. Those have their
   own programs with separate program committees, and
   are likely to attract an overlapping but different
   IT audience.  Time to break out of preaching to
   the choir?
   Admission price: $0. Previously there was a very
   easy-to-get "exhibits only" pass and a relatively
   expensive full conference pass. Now, there's a
   single pass, free of charge to qualified attendees
   (plus, of course, .org volunteers.)
 The .Org Zone at OpenSource World will be located
 in a dedicated meeting room adjacent to the sponsor
 showcase area. It will feature ten projects and
 organizations, selected by the Program Committee.
 We're looking for organizations that want to connect
 with our audience of IT professionals.  OpenSource
 World is focusing on sysadmins and working IT
 managers, not just developers and user group members.
 This area is for projects that do not have a single
 main corporate backer or sponsor -- however there is
 a special rate on booth space in the main "sponsor
 showcase" area for all dot-orgs, including in-house
 or semi-in-house ones.
 Organizations will receive a table for display and
 discussion, electricity, and signage.  To apply,
 please fill out the web form at:
 If you have any questions about participating
 in OpenSource World this year, please mail me at
 dmarti at zgp.org, or call me at 510-332-1587.  If I
 can't answer your question I'll put you in touch with
 the right person at IDG World Expo HQ.
 I know there are a lot of open source event
 opportunities this year, but I hope you'll be able
 to participate in the event that's offering free of
 charge access to open source content and conversation
 for the IT people who need it.  Thank you for your
 support of LinuxWorld, and looking forward to your
 support for OpenSource World in the future.
 Don Marti
 Conference Chair
 OpenSource World 2009
 P.S.: check out our conference Planet at:
 http://planet.opensourceworld.com/ -- and if you're
 planning to attend, send me the URL for your feed.

Don Marti                                 +1 510-332-1587 mobile
dmarti at zgp.org
See you at OpenSource World: August 11-13, 2009 in San Francisco

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