Your editor, tired after a couple of days of Kernel Summit coverage,
decided not to produce talk-by-talk coverage from the Ottawa Linux
Symposium. Information from some of the talks will show up in LWN
over the next week or two; for people wanting the full details
the conference proceedings are available online (as a 3MB
OLS is increasingly a kernel-oriented event. There were only two
GNOME-oriented talks on the schedule this year, and very few others that
discussed user-space topics. Kernel topics have always been a big part of
OLS, but the kernel is well on the way toward becoming the only topic.
Attaching the Kernel Summit to the conference (which might happen again
next year) further encourages that trend. That, of course, is entirely
acceptable to those of us interested in the kernel. OLS could become
the premier worldwide kernel-oriented conference.
Interestingly, the tutorials had a very different orientation, with topics
like DocBook and authenticating Windows 2000 users.
Stephen Tweedie talked, in his keynote, of the importance of providing
opportunities for hackers to meet face to face. Interactions just go
better when you've had a chance to "share a pint" with your collaborators
and when you are able to associate a face with the email address. Thus, as
a community, we need events like OLS. So it is encouraging to see
that OLS attendance was back up this year.
One final note to the joker who thought your editor should win a copy of
With Slash: that's not funny...
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