RWL - My Preso - My talk at Real World Linux went quite well yesterday. About 25 people or so, which for this conference, was a very well-attended session. Of course, I wasn't sure what to think when I had 3 friends walk right in sit in the very front row. When you are talking about "Linux for Windows administrators" and you have John "maddog" Hall and John Terpstra (of Samba fame) sitting right there in front of you, it could give one pause. I actually enjoyed it because I could play off of them and they had some good items to add to the discussion. Quite fun!
It was entertaining, too, to be asked to sign copies of the Linux book I co-authored with Mark Minasi. The publisher, Sybex, had very nicely provided copies that I could give away to the first 35 people who attended... which meant that everyone received a copy!
As always, I enjoyed watching people's eyes light up... I enjoyed answering their questions and seeing the comprehension dawn. The silent expression of "oh, so that is how I can do it" or "you mean I could do that?" or "is it really that simple?"
It's funny, but no matter what else I do, I come back to being most alive when I am standing in front of people de-mystifying technologies and making it come alive for them. At my heart, I will always be an educator.
RWL - You Can Understand Why Microsoft Is Scared - I don't usually attend conference keynotes, because often I have found them somewhat, um, "content-free". But for whatever reason, I found myself sitting down in the morning keynote by Ed Kilroy, president of IBM Canada.
And as I sat there listening, I found myself thinking "You can understand why Microsoft is scared of Linux." Here is a president of IBM addressing a crowd of several hundred people and explaining their commitment to Linux. IBM's own usage of Linux is very impressive, with literally thousands of internal production servers running mission-critical applications on Linux. And their $1 billion commitment to Linux... and the 7,000+ employees they have focused on Linux...
But go back again to the fact that this was the president of a major IBM division, whose keynote was following those given the previous day by senior executives of Novell and HP. Pretty darn impressive for a little operating system that has emerged as such a major player. And pretty darn scary for a company such as Microsoft.
RWL - Dinners With Friends... and... How Far LPI Has Come - It was wonderful to have dinner twice with Wilma Silbermann from LPI, as well as to be joined in one of those dinners by maddog and John Terpstra. Wonderful people sharing fun stories and friendship. I remember well when we first hired Wilma all those many years ago at LinuxWorld in New York in, I think, 2001. What a long, long way LPI has come since then! Amazing to see...
OLS Preso - Received the good news that my proposal was accepted for a tutorial at the Ottawa Linux Symposium focused on using GnuPG and the Web of Trust. It should be fun as I have some great ideas about how to help people get started quickly.
Open Source Vulnerability Database - Was referred to this site today and was surprised to learn of it. Didn't know about it.... interested to learn more.
The Chloe Journals - The wee one turned two on Wednesday... what an amazing two years this has been