Penguins and presentations at Ohio LinuxFest 2006

This year's lineup continues the LinuxFest tradition of providing attendees with presentations from the most interesting voices in Linux and open source. Jeff Waugh, director of the GNOME foundation and winner of the Google/O'Reilly Open Source Award for Best Evangelist, will present a talk on "Linux for Human Beings." Jon 'maddog' Hall, executive director of Linux International, will deliver the closing keynote on "The Next Steps" for free and open source.

Google's open source programs manager, Chris DiBona, will deliver a presentation on how Google uses open source, and works with open source developers. Michael Johnson, co-founder of the Linux Documentation Project and first head of the Fedora Project, will introduce attendees to rBuilder and the Conary software package managers.

Jorge Castro, a member of the Ubuntu project and system administrator at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, will discuss integrating Linux systems into a network using Windows Active Directory.

For the first time ever, the Ohio LinuxFest will also welcome live penguins from the Columbus Zoo. Attendees will be able to observe the live penguins and the penguin wranglers from the Columbus Zoo will answer audience questions about the adorable birds.

The LinuxFest schedule will also host a panel on virtualization on Linux, featuring Ram Rao of HP, Bob Good of VMware, and Annette Miller of IBM. MySQL's Jay Pipes will discuss best practices for tuning MySQL, and Christopher Browne of Afilias Canada will discuss new features in PostgreSQL.

This is just a sample of the Ohio LinuxFest lineup: the entire schedule for the Ohio LinuxFest can be found at

Registration for the Ohio LinuxFest is free for presentations, exhibit floor, and for the conference after-party. By popular demand, an All Conference Pass is available for the first time this year, which will help offset the cost of the LinuxFest.

The All Conference Pass is $65, and pass-holders are entitled to lunch on the day of the conference, drink tickets for the conference after-party, vendor swag, access to the conference suite at the Holiday Inn, and a limited edition Ohio LinuxFest t-shirt. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 22. Attendees can sign up at

Lodging is still available for those attending the LinuxFest from out of town, at the Midwest Hotel and Conference Center. For more information, see for rates and reservation information.

The Ohio LinuxFest is run entirely by volunteers, to help provide a friendly, community oriented conference that focuses on educating users about FOSS in a fun environment. Because few conferences reach out to users in the Mid-West, the Ohio LinuxFest is an unique opportunity for users to come and learn about Linux, and find out how they can make use of Linux at home and in their businesses.

News/PR Contact: Joe Brockmeier