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Subject: Raincoast User Group Conference: Linux / LUGs Now Invited!
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 18:16:59 -0700
From: Derek Simkowiak <dereks@...
Dear Linux User,
My name is Derek Simkowiak. In the past, I have presented at
LinuxFest Northwest, and spoken about Linux on local T.V. This year, I
am volunteering as the Linux User Group Coordinator for the the
Raincoast is non-profit user group conference that is operating
system agnostic. It has been running for 12 years, and represents the
entire Pacific Northwest area. It has corporate sponsors, including
Microsoft, Adobe, Macromedia, and IBM.
This year is the first year that Raincoast has had an official
"Linux Coordinator" on the Board. I am determined to make a strong
showing for Linux. This is a great opportunity to show Mac and Windows
users the kind of fun we like to have.
The conference is a 3-day weekend conference in La Quinta Inn,
Tacoma, WA, on Oct. 7, 8, and 9. There is a $60 entrance fee, which is
for all Round Table sessions, conference meals, social events, and door
prizes. If you register before Friday, Sept. 9th, there is a $10
discount, so it's $50 to get in. (I'm on the board and even I have to
pay the $50 to get in.)
On Friday night, we are going to have an open exposé, which offers a
free display table to user groups, and room for a technical bazaar. I'd
love to see some of the same great stuff I saw at Linuxfest Northwest
again at Raincoast. (Read: untapped market.)
In addition to showing off Linux, I'd like to use the cross-platform
nature of the conference to showcase some of the best cross-platform
Open Source software, for example:
o Mozilla Firefox
o Mozilla Thunderbird
o The GIMP
o OpenOffice.org (the 2.0 beta is incredible!)
o Blender (3D modelling, animation, and game engine)
I'm looking for volunteers to give demonstrations on these. I'm
also taking recommendations for other good Open Source, cross-platform
software that we could showcase -- for example, a demonstration of
Apache+PHP under Mac OS X. I'm hoping that we can hand out the software
on CD-ROM at the conference, and then walk people through the installs
while we're there.
I will also be contacting some local Linux businesses, to seek help
with a corporate presence. Larger corporate sponsorship packages, such
as sponsored luncheons, are available. "Have CD-ROMs; will logo." (Any
biz references are appreciated.)
The registration is limited to 150 people. You can register at
Wireless Internet access will be available
to conference attendees. And as usual, where there's Linux, there's beer.
P.S.> Please forward this to anyone who may be interested.
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