Coming out of the last downturn, OSCON was a regular fixture in Portland. Leading many to consider Portland — plus its locals like Linus Torvalds and Ward Cunningham — as a bastion of the open-source community. It’s been noticeably quiet over the last few years on that front. So it’s really nice to see the Free and Open Source Software Yearly (FOSSY) conference selecting Portland for its 2023 event.Read More
I’ve no idea what it is about Portland that attracts interesting inventors, but we seem to have more than our fair share. Read More
Now, now, now. Dry those little tears. They came back. OSCON 2010 was held right here in Portland.
But now, we always kind of have to wonder: will they or won’t they? Will they pick us again? Or will they choose another location? Read More
Here’s a little experiment. Start a conversation about why open source and Portland go so well together. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Now, I’m not usually much of a betting guy. But in this case, I’m willing to bet that at some point in that conversation—for many of you—the inevitable “Well, you know, Linus Torvalds lives here” came up as some sort of qualifier. It did, right? Read More
LinuxCon is in full swing this week in Portland. And while there are tons of good open source conversations and likely some awesome hacking underway, there’s always a little bit of hi-jinx afoot, as well.
Given that it was the inaugural LinuxCon, some of that tomfoolery was planned. Specifically the “Fake Linus Torvalds” contest. And as it turns out, in the end, the open source faker was better than the seasoned proprietary faker. Read More
I don’t need to tell you (but I will anyway): Portland loves open source. But do you know what we love even more than that? Open source founders.
We proudly proclaim Portland the home of the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds—and of course his four impersonators come late September. And having Rasmus Lerdorf, the founder of PHP, here in town for Open Source Bridge was quite a coup.
And now, we have another open source founder to add to the list. Thanks to WordCamp Portland, WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg will be visiting Portland in September. Read More
This may come as a shock to you but any number of people—even completely mediocre bloggers—wind up with people impersonating them on blogs, Twitter, and the like. No. I’m serious. I mean, that’s why Twitter did that whole “verified” thing.
And the bar by which all imitators are measured? Fake Steve Jobs.
Well, leave it to Portland’s newest open source event—LinuxCon—to take the idea of online impersonation and make it more—well—open. Would you expect anything less? Now, four Linux community leaders will be vying for the title of Fake Linus Torvalds. Read More
When people start conversations about Portland, Oregon, being a hub of open source, the conversation inevitably turns to one particular topic “Well, you know, Linus Torvalds lives in Portland.”
It’s played like a trump card. And while this is factually correct, it’s a little misleading. You see, Linus doesn’t often make local appearances. He’s here, but he’s not here. If you catch my drift.
And that’s why the news that Linus is going to speak at the inaugural LinuxCon in Portland is such big news: because we’re actually going to get to see that person who we often use as a defense for our open source cred. Read More
Portland remains the place-to-be for this year’s sold-out Linux Plumbers Conference, a gathering of more than 300 folks who have a deep interest in the inner recesses of the popular open-source operating system created by Portland-area resident, Linus Torvalds.
Jonathan Corbet calls this the “kernel ecosystem”. We call it the “plumbing,” a collection of essential interfaces and services provided by the libraries, kernel, and utilities that make up a Linux system. Currently, when a problem exists that involves both kernel and user space, a developer must attend several different conferences to discuss the problems face-to-face with other key developers. As a result, problems crossing multiple subsystem boundaries are more difficult to solve than those within a subsystem.
Opening sessions begin today, with the bulk of the event happening September 17 – 19 at PSU’s Smith Memorial Center.
The Linux Plumbers Conference is underwritten by The Linux Foundation and organized in partnership with The Linux Foundation, Portland State University and community volunteers. For more information, visit Linux Plumbers Conference.