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February 22nd, 2015

SCALE 13x, Day 2: Knock on Wood

There’s a scene in the movie “Apollo 13” where astronaut Jim Lovell (played by Tom Hanks) is excitedly rushing through the house after finding out he’s been picked to go to the moon on Apollo 13. His wife asks, “Why 13?” “It comes after 12,” Lovell replies without missing a beat.

For all the angst and trepidation that accompanied the fact that this is “unlucky” number 13 in the series of Southern California Linux Expo conferences, the show has gone forward in a relatively painless manner with only run-of-the-mill minor snags here and there.

Knock on wood. Throw table salt over your shoulder.

Monty Taylor SCALE 13x

Monty Taylor, accompanied by a rubber duck, gave the Saturday SCALE 13x keynote (SCALE photo by Dennis Rex).

The day Saturday started with Monty Taylor’s Flying Circus. HP’s Monty Taylor, accompanied by his rubber duck, gave an insightful talk on the direction of Open Source and how media-fabricated one-liners — akin to the misconception that lemmings jump off cliffs — affect the tech industry and, more importantly, what can be done about it.

That, of course, was followed by a series of sessions that were, for the most part, once again standing-room-only, like Alison Chaiken’s systemd talk, where I understand no gunfire was exchanged. One track, SCALE: The Next Generation, is one where teens organize their own FOSS track and that did not disappoint, from wunderkind Justin King and his 65-year-old computer to Keila Banks’ talk on starting a FOSS-based business to Levente Kurusa talking about the Linux desktop and when it will be “our year.”

After a wide range of talks that all seemed to go off flawlessly, the evening consisted of the customary games: Games night in the lower lobby as well as the game show “The Weakest Geek.”

Overall, the tone of the conference is very upbeat, again (knock on wood, spin three times and point) very few problems have occurred during the course of the show, and the SCALE 13x Sunday features Ruth Suehle giving the Sunday keynote, with a report to follow tomorrow.

SCALE 13x In Photos

Rather than tell you what’s going on, why don’t I just show you?

Josh Berkus PostgreSQL SCALE 13x

Josh Berkus gives a PostgreSQL presentation at SCALE 13x. PostgreSQL normally hosts PostgreSQL Day at SCALE, but at SCALE 13x, it became ‘Days’ plural on Thursday and Friday (SCALE photo by Dennis Rex).

Noah Chellia, Stuart Sheldon, SCALE 13x

Jupiter Broadcasting’s Noah Chelliah interviews ACT USA president Stuart Sheldon at SCALE 13x. Stuart runs the networking for SCALE 13x (SCALE photo by Cayenne Sweeney)

Nathan Haines, Ubuntu, SCALE13x

Nathan Haines explains to attendees some of the features of the ever-popular Ubuntu at the booth at SCALE 13x (SCALE photo by Dennis Rex)

Tux, Linux, SCALE13x

SCALE 13x started on Chinese New Year this year and the Linux Professional Institute penguin was in a festive mood. LPI holds testing every year at SCALE 13x (SCALE photo by Cayenne Sweeney).

More tales of the show and photos tomorrow.

Larry Cafiero, a.k.a. Larry the Free Software Guy, is a journalist and a Free/Open Source Software advocate. He is involved in several FOSS projects and serves as the publicity chair for the Southern California Linux Expo. Follow him on Twitter: @lcafiero

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