Call for BSD Participation: O'Reilly Open Source Conference
brett at lariat.org
Fri Feb 18 05:39:29 PST 2000
Calling all BSD enthusiasts:
Good news! O'Reilly's Open Source Convention
(http://conferences.ora.com/oscon2000/call.html), which will be held July
17-20, 2000 in Monterey, California, will have a BSD track for the first
time this year. (Last year, the tracks included Linux, Perl, Apache,
Python, Sendmail, Tcl, and "Business" -- a catch-all for general open
source-related topics.) Interest in the BSD-related sessions will determine
whether the BSD track becomes a permanent part of the conference, so we
need to make a good showing if we want to be part of this event in future
years. I've been asked to book speakers for this year's program.
The Convention Format
The convention consists of two parts: Two days of intensive "tutorials"
(each lasting 3 or 6 hours) and a two-day "conference" (consisting of
shorter talks of 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes each). There will also be "birds
of a feather," or BOF, sessions in the evening. Here's how each part works.
The first two days of the convention will be filled by classes, taught by
experts, which last 3 or 6 hours and cover topics in great depth. We'll
have two 3-hour slots this year (we MIGHT be able to negotiate more if we
get lots of killer proposals). I'd like to fill with classes on topics
which reflect the BSDs' strengths -- e.g. the TCP/IP stack, file systems,
security, kernel architecture, etc. Now, I realize that three hours is a
long time for some of us to talk (unless, of course, you're Kirk McKusick,
who can easily fill several days -- and who, I hope, will be one of our
speakers). So, I'd like to encourage experts from the BSD development teams
to do sessions as "tag team" efforts involving two or even three people.
Presenters of the tutorials will receive a $1500 honorarium from O'Reilly
per 3-hour session. They'll also be reimbursed for travel, and get free
admission to the "conference" portion of the event. (If there are two or
more presenters, they will split the honorarium and travel funds. However,
since the honorarium is generous, everyone's expenses should be covered.)
Notes for the tutorials will have to be submitted to O'Reilly in advance
for duplication. Please submit proposals to oscon00proposals at oreilly.com
and copy me at oscon at brettglass.com. Proposal guidelines are at
http://conferences.ora.com/oscon2000/call.html. See the section of this
message marked "Deadlines Approaching" about deadlines.
The final two days of the convention will be a conference with 30, 45, 60,
and 90-minute sessions. There will be a "plenary" session each morning,
after which the conference will split into tracks. Because this is the
first year that there will be a BSD track, we'll only get one quarter as
much time as Linux: 270 minutes, total, to slice up as we'd like. Let's
fill this time with so much good and useful information that we get a full
track next year! Presenters during these two days won't get an honorarium;
however, there's a travel fund which may be able to provide assistance to
those traveling from afar. However, presenters WILL get into the conference
for free -- a perk worth nearly $800. Again, please submit proposals to
oscon00proposals at oreilly.com and copy me at oscon at brettglass.com. Proposal
guidelines are at http://conferences.ora.com/oscon2000/call.html. See the
section of this message marked "Deadlines Approaching" about deadlines.
In addition to the tutorials and conference sessions, we'll have a chance
to do one or more BSD-related "birds of a feather," or BOF, sessions. If
the BSD BOF at LinuxWorld (which completely overflowed the space reserved
for it) was any indication, we can do some killer BOFs which both promote
the BSDs and help to create closer ties among those within the BSD
community. The contact for information about BOFs is Vee McMillen at
O'Reilly; her e-mail is vee at oreilly.com.
O'Reilly's Open Source Convention isn't a "trade show." The current venue,
in Monterey, CA, doesn't really have space for a big show floor like the
one you'd find at, say, LinuxWorld or COMDEX. However, there will be a
small exhibit area for vendor booths, and non-profit organizations such as
user groups and open source development teams will be offered space there
for free. (Groups such as BAFUG take note!) The BSDs should be well
represented in this space. The contact for exhibit hall reservations is
Sadonna Cody at O'Reilly; her e-mail is sadonna at oreilly.com.
Vendors of commercial products -- for example, BSDI and Applix -- are
welcome and in fact encouraged to help with presentations at the
convention. However, since the attendees of this convention tend to have a
low tolerance for vendor-specific material and sales pitches, a
presentation should NOT relate exclusively to single commercial product or
describe only one implementation of a particular feature or function.
O'Reilly wants to get at least a preliminary schedule for the convention
together by March 1st so that they can print programs. The original
deadline for submission of proposals was February 18th, but since I only
got approval to do the track about a week ago I'm sure we can stretch this
a little. If you're interested in speaking, contact me IMMEDIATELY at the
e-mail address oscon at brettglass.com (and copy oscon00proposals at oreilly.com)
even if you don't have a formal proposal fleshed out yet. That way, we'll
know a proposal is coming. I'll work with O'Reilly on reasonable deadlines
for the submission of outlines and notes.
This is a fantastic opportunity to advocate and promote the fantastic
technology that's part and parcel of all of the BSDs; let's not lose our
chance! If you'd like to contribute, please contact me ASAP at the address
oscon at brettglass.com. Hope to see you at the convention!
--Brett Glass, BSD Advocate and All-Around Rabble Rouser ;-)
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