Top 10 Things You Could Be Doing Instead of Attending Ohio Linux Fest

Posted by PaulFerris on Sep 5, 2006 7:47 AM EDT
Lxer.com; By Paul (FeriCyde) Ferris
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Don't miss Ohio Linux Fest. The biggest Linux party in the Midwest is coming up September 30 in Columbus Ohio.

FeriCyde Chat

ring out the bells again
like we did when spring began
wake me up when September ends
--Green Day Wake Me Up When September Ends



It's getting near that time again -- Ohio Linux Fest. In case you've been living under a rock or somehow missed last years' event, here's the story.

Basically, it all began a few years ago when some of the Linux User Groups in the Ohio and surrounding area decided to get together and have their own conference-like-event. The description "conference-like" isn't an accident, because nothing is like Ohio Linux Fest, from my experience.

It's essentially a conference with speakers and the like -- and the largest Linux geek party -- all rolled into one event. Last year it took me a couple of weeks to get back to normal (if there is such a thing for FeriCyde). After the event, I simply had the post-OLF blues.

Unlike a lot of commercial events, the signal-to-noise ratio is extremely optimal. Everywhere you turn there are interesting and fun people. The atmosphere is extremely charged. You get the picture? No? There's only one way to really understand it then -- attend.

Maybe you have something more exciting to do instead? If so I can only imagine a list like the following ...

Top 10 Things You Could Be Doing Instead of Attending Ohio Linux Fest

  1. Attempt to impress members of opposite sex in nearby bar by loudly spouting shell syntax.
  2. Spend the day scouring book stores for "Ubuntu for Life".
  3. Hang out at Best Buy in the new PC section looking for newbies that are confused.
  4. Drone for hours arguing with friend who uses Mandriva/Gentoo/Suse/Fedora/ Debian/Ubuntu/DSL Linux attempting to get them to see the light and switch to [your distribution here].
  5. Clean sister/parent/uncle/grandfather/friend's infected Windows 95/98/Win2k/XP/XP home box of malware.
  6. Spend hours looking for a nearby house party with a few hundred geeks in it.
  7. Break sister/parent/uncle/grandfather/friend's infected Windows 95/98/Win2k/XP/XP home box accidentally whilst attempting to remove malware.
  8. Dust off old copies of Linux Journal found in bathroom and scan for new material.
  9. Reinstall sister/parent/uncle/grandfather/friend's infected Windows 95/98/Win2k/XP/XP home box because you feel bad having been the last person to breath on the house of cards.
  10. Cruise the boulevard in loud sports car with plates that say "Linux Guy".
Face it, any other way to spend your life, barring a Saturday at Ohio Linux Fest, is simply going to be a waste of prime geek party time. If you're a Linux kind of Guy -- if you're looking to talk to others like yourself... Rather, if you're looking to hang out and party with people who have similar interests, you need to get registered and make your way to Columbus Ohio.

The event is free, although you can buy an all conference pass that includes a tee shirt, lunch and more. Registration for the event closes the 22nd of this month. See the Ohio Linux Fest web site for more.

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