Start an Open-Source Radio Station
Michael Place – XMission Internet
I had no expectations for this presentation and walked in thinking that I would just be there to waste time and maybe learn a little something about Internet Radio.
Wow, I was amazed. This presentation was extremly entertaining and full of all sorts of information. Michael had taken a local community FM station that suddenly fired their daytim on-air volunteers, and built a new home for them online. From the on-air desktop machine to the backend databases and their ISP to ther custom features on their site, UtahFM is based entirely around Open Source.
Michael was great, he has had some years of experience doing this and with that he would explain how to do this a cheap but yet a good way. He would explain why you don’t need the most expensive equipment to get started.
Again I was amazed with this presentation and it intrigued me enough to start looking into recording and maybe do some streaming myself. Of course this is just to play with and nothing like what Michael has done.
Google App Engine 101
Google App Engine allows running applications on the Google infrastructure, including BigTable, Google’s non-relational and massibely scalable database.
The tutorial coved the basics of App Engine developement, including development and deployment of a simple application.
Jonathan presented this part very well and he explained what was needed to to do the job such as Django. Even though I could get the impression that Jonathan was not excited or happy to work with Django he would admit that it was the best tool for the project at the moment.
I enjoyed how Jonathan presented his lecture in about 35 mins and then left the rest of the time to build a basic project and ask for his help and assistance. At this point in the presentation though I did not have much battery life on my laptop so I did not get the chance to push my limits with this.
How To Leverage Open Source in a For-Profit Business
Mac Newbold – Code Greene
Mac did a great job. He pointed out how Code Greene has used Open Source to their advantage and how it has helped them keep profits as low as possible but yet deliver high end products to the client.
One thing that stuck out most to me was that Mac said “If the program doesn’t do what we want it to, we add to it. Or if we discover a bug, we fix it and submit it back to the community.” This is a great concept.
This was something that I noticed about the people I came across this day. Everyone is there to help eachother and to bounce off new ideas. It was great. Mac did an excellent job. It was straight to the point.
Fedora: The Future, First
Paul Frields – Red Hat
Now I don’t know much about Fedora but it seems like a great distro for Linux. And from what I could tell in Paul’s presentation they have made some great movement in pushing it forward.
I couldn’t help but think that Paul was trying to preach to me to push Fedora more, to become an ambassador for them. Paul pushed this over and over. Even when I thought he would be done it seemed like he went back to this. His presentation just seemed to never end really.