2016 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report
by Alan Raul

What is SCaLE?
SCALE is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America.

SCaLE videos on YouTube
All the sessions are archived on YouTube.

The first SCaLE event was held in 2002 at the University of Southern California campus. I attended that event and many others over the years.

Ralph, our official coffee connoisseur, ground his own beans and made coffee in his hotel room.

We found an official Intelligentsia Coffee shop in Old Town Pasadena. Besides serving coffee and tea, you could find specially curated craft beer and wine on the menu.

We found many good restaurants to eat at in Pasadena. Some of them very reasonably priced costing under $10 for a meal.

Ralph and I did get our FREE lunch one of the days. This is a unadvertised venue which is first come, first serve. I was lucky to get the last lunch box.

Mark Shuttleworth from Canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu Linux, gave the Ubucon keynote, was part of roundtable discussions and gave the Saturday morning keynote.

We saw our friends from System76... Ian, Jason and Emma.

I heard a talk about the Dell XPS 13 laptop preloaded with Ubuntu development and the issues encountered. He told how Project Sputnik evolved from concept to reality. This is an amazingly small 13" laptop with almost no bezel.
A updated Intel 6th generation version will be coming out in a month or so.
I was sitting behind someone during the conference watching how he used the Windows 10 version of this laptop. He was using VMware to run Linux.

You could catch Chris Fisher and Noah Chelliah from the Linux Action Show walking around.

Microsoft had a large booth in the exhibit hall. NO, they were not there speaking about or showing Windows 10, Microsoft Phone, Surface Pro or the Surface Book. Can you say Azure? Microsoft is one of the Platinum Sponsors of SCALE.

Like the computer industry, a lot has changed over the years with SCALE. The predominate theme was the CLOUD. Words like; OpenStack, Juju, MAAS, LXD, Snappy, Hadoop, containers, OS Snapps, Snappy, Azure, etc. were heard frequently.

After years I was able to see the Ubuntu ORANGE BOX. The Orange Box, which was designed by Canonical and Tranquil PC, is Canonicals' cloud-in-a-box.

Even with the Cloud theme at SCaLE, you can still find a lot of useful talks and information for us common Linux users.

I enjoyed a talk on GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) by Akkana Peck.

I particularly like her custom GIMP Saver and Save/export clean plug-in. This is for those who don't like the GIMP 2.8 Save vs. Export separation.

I learned how to enable single-window mode in GIMP.

I spotted a great Linux book and spoke to the author.
Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users by Nathan Haines.

Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users

Available from Amazon:
Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users
More from Nathan Haines on Amazon

My two complaints about SCALE this year were:
1) NOT ENOUGH coffee. Starbuck's, located on the corner of the Pasadena Convention Center, open's at 8 AM and closes at 4 PM. I drink coffee before 8 AM AND after 4 PM. You could find some coffee occasionally for a short period of time in the convention hallway but it ran out very quickly.
2) Where is the Pasadena Motel 6? <grin>

Overall SCaLE has grown with more attendees and vendors in attendance. Pasadena and the Pasadena Convention Center is by far the nicest location SCaLE has had.