2019 Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) Report

What is SCaLE? SCaLE is the largest community-run (All volunteer) open-source and free software conference in North America. Itís held annually in Pasadena, CA.

All the SCaLE sessions are archived on YouTube.


SCaLE 17x Report by Alan Raul

This year IBM was the Diamond Sponsor and Microsoft was the Platinum Sponsor. Many thanks to all the other sponsors of this great event.

Ralph has a very detailed write-up of the first 2 days of UbuCon.

I will pick up with the Friday night event which began at 7:30 PM with FREE drinks. The bar closed temporarily at 8 PM when the Live Voltage show began. This year was better than past years with prizes, etc.
https://www.badvoltage.org/live/

The farthest traveling attendee was from New Zealand and the closest traveling attendee was a couple blocks away in Pasadena!!!

The Live Voltage show ended at 8 PM, the bar reopened, a second bar opened near the closed Starbucks (located in the corner of the Pasadena Convention Center) and then a large spread of food was available with no waiting. Unlike the Castle Green event held a couple of years ago; this event had everything correct. No waiting, very efficient, lots of tables available for talking (Not noisy) to other attendees. I personally had some great conversations with a California State University professor who uses Linux Mint in his classroom and another person from the Free Software Foundation https://www.fsf.org/ . I was invited to go with a group to do more drinking. I chose to go back to my hotel instead. When I left there were still people eating. drinking and talking.

On Saturday I revisited the expo floor where different vendors were displaying their goods and services. I left in the afternoon to travel back home.

This year I chose to spend a bit more money on a hotel (GreenTree Inn) which was about ľ mile away from the Pasadena Convention Center and a block away from the Metro Station.
https://www.greentreeinn.com/hotels/ca/pasadena/ 
This included FREE parking and a FREE breakfast and coffee every morning.

Another great Linux Expo.....

Alan Raul


SCaLE 17x UbuCon Track Writeup by Ralph Sutter

I had been looking forward to the 17th Southern California Linux Expo ever since I purchased a ticket in early December 2018. I made reservations at a modest motel shortly to avoid the inevitable price surge as March 7-10 date approached.

Sadly, my efforts in frugality failed miserably when my faithful 2002 Toyota Tacoma died three days before my projected departure. Initially, I rented a car to make the trip but later bought a new Honda Ridgeline truck 12 hours before I headed for the Pasadena Convention Center. That decision added substantially to the overall cost of the experience.

Alan Raul and I met in Ballroom A where the two day Ubicon track took place.

The first speaker on Thursday was Dr. Samuel Coleman, a Southern California teacher. He explained how he created a 35 station computer lab with no budget using donated vintage 32 bit laptops, a Linux operating system and many hours of his time.

In the second session, Der Hans spoke on Software Management for Debian and Ubuntu using common software management tools and Snaps to simplify the process.

Next up Dave Chiluk presented the roadmap that a software developer should follow in order to have his or her project accepted for inclusion in the official Ubuntu repository.

Lyn Perrine, who volunteers to help write the usersí manual for Lubuntu, explained how she goes about that task, the software that she uses and the steps that she takes to make sure that she and other collaborators can work together without one over-writing the work of other volunteers.

Richard Gaskin and Nathan Haines closed out the Thursday sessions with a lively Questions and Answers session in which many of the attendees shared their Ubuntu experiences, challenges and solutions.

Friday opened with a historical overview of the Snappy Ecosystem, from patchwork early models to the current model in which the properly created Snap automatically installs the target program along with all of its required dependencies.

Ted Gould illustrated the Snappy process as it applies to Inkscape giving practical examples of how a developer should design a program so that it has full access to the processes that it requires but does not have access to areas beyond its needs.

In s similar vein, Jose Antonio Rey explained Identity Management, the steps taken to validate user credentials and the safeguards in place to enhance security.

The final session opened with Richard Gaskin inviting the audience to come up with suggestions for raising the adoption of the Ubuntu/Linux desktop OS from the current 3% market share to 6%. We offered many suggestions, some practical, some whimsical.

In addition to attending these talks, Alan and I also talked with a variety of vendors in the Exhibit Hall, drank a lot of coffee and revisited some favorite restaurants.

The two of us only scratched the surface in the workshops that we attended. We followed the Ubicon track. It focuses on Ubuntu and runs for 2 days. The overall SCALE convention runs for four days and includes 14 additional tracks for a total of 219 presentations and 125 vendor booths. Iíll be back next year.

Ralph Sutter