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2017 Speakers

We are still seeking speakers for 2017, however below you can see a few of the fantastic talks, workshops, and other events we have planned for this year.

Elizabeth K. Joseph

Open source is incredibly popular in today's technology stacks, and we've been seeing a shift in how infrastructures are being managed with open source tooling.

Well over a decade ago the LAMP stack broke us free from proprietary infrastructure tooling. With subsequent the rise of open source configuration management systems, websites sprung up so that common configurations, like Puppet modules and Chef recipes, from these systems could be shared between organizations using them in production.

Today, following a rush to cloud, companies are now looking for open source tooling to build cloud-like environments in their own new data centers. Technologies like OpenStack and DC/OS, powered by Apache Mesos, are allowing them to replicate much of the functionality that was previously only available with proprietary, hosted solutions. Taking this one step further, several open source projects and organizations have begun full-scale open sourcing of their infrastructures, allowing other organizations to directly benefit from their Continuous Integration tooling and more. Complete infrastructures have now become open source projects unto themselves, and operations engineers becoming more experienced open source contributors, alongside their developer colleagues.

Andy Wojnarek

Nigel's performance Monitor for Linux on POWER, x86, x86_64, Mainframe & now ARM (Raspberry Pi). This powerful utility was developed by Nigel Griffiths while working at IBM aimed at the IBM centric operating systems. Later it was written for Linux as well, targeting running on the IBM platforms and in 2009 it was open sourced.

The utility has two modes:

* In Online Mode it uses curses for efficient screen handling, which updates the terminal frequently for real-time monitoring.

* In Capture Mode, the data is saved to a file in CSV format for later processing and graphing. The file also includes important configuration details that are useful for recommending tuning.

In this talk I will show the strengths of nmon, and some tips and tricks in using this utilities.


Free Open Source Software and Amateur Radio.

From programming your radios to moon bounce.

Including new'ish entries from the cross-connected Maker/Hacker communities.

When the cell towers are down.....



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Bob Murphy

A brief introduction to GNU screen. (Or: how to make the command line work for you, especially when the network is conspiring to stop you.)

Screen is part of the GNU project, and is an overlooked utility that can make working on the command line much easier.

Screen is a terminal multiplexer that allows for disconnecting remote sessions, multiple ways to enhance use of your command line sessions, and better ways to capture data from those sessions.

I’ll show you how to use all of this, as well as how to install it under several GNU/Linux distributions.

Walt Mankowski

COBOL is the Rodney Dangerfield of programming languages — it doesn’t get any respect. COBOL is routinely denigrated for its verbosity and dismissed as archaic, and for good reason: COBOL bears little to no resemblance to modern programming languages. Yet COBOL is far from a dead language. It processes an estimated 85% of all business transactions, and 5 billion lines of new COBOL code are written every year!

Last year at FOSSCON I argued that COBOL isn’t such a bad language. This year we’ll journey deep into the past to recreate a retro bug that could only happen in COBOL! Our travels will include:

  • syntactic white space!
  • scotch tape!
  • dueling compiler options!
  • virtual punch cards!
  • sentences!
  • code blocks!
  • periods!

No punch cards were harmed in the creation of this talk.