June 14-16, 2019
Sheraton Charlotte Airport
Charlotte, NC

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Registration Open, Schedule Released, Matrix Themed T-Shirt Art, New Public Telegram Group

We are pleased to announce registration is NOW OPEN for the SouthEast LinuxFest.   We have also released a schedule for all the talks and events at the conference.   In addition, our grassroots unofficial Telegram group is now official and can be reached through the super short URL https://t.me/southeastlinuxfest.  The Telegram group doesn’t replace our IRC Freenode channel, it’s just an alternative with a lot more animated gifs in it.   We encourage you to secure your hotel room immediately, as the rate will expire soon and we’ve already had to back fill our block with rooms twice.  We’ll be watching closely and working to re-add rooms whenever they run out as quickly as possible, so please contact us if you are unable to book.   Also, below is our concept art for our Matrix themed t-shirt.  This is the final design we’re sending to print:

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SELF 2019 Call For Speakers: First Keynote Announced, Deadline Extended Until Wednesday.

We’ve been really blown away by how many talk submissions we got in the final 48 hours of early decision (more than 2/3 of last year’s submission total). We’ve only just now completed going through those submissions. As a result, SELF is announcing the call for speakers (which closes at midnight ET tonight!) will be extended until 11:59 PM ET Wednesday. Submit your talk here. After reviewing the results of our brief survey on talk content, we’d like to particularly encourage you to submit on the following topics, since our attendees average rating on these subjects was over 4.0 on a 0-6 weighted scale where not knowing about it is 0 and thus a big penalty:

  • Information Security (Pentesting, Defensive Strategies, Exploit Response, etc) (4.96)
  • Homelab (Homebrew Firewall/NAS/Servers/etc) (4.95)
  • Systems Administration and Orchestration (4.88)
  • Network Administration/Networking (4.76)
  • Open Source A/V (Kdenlive, Blender, Audacity, etc) (4.69)
  • Python (4.61)
  • Smart Home and IoT (4.39)
  • Smarter You (Body Hacks, Organization, Ergonomics, etc) (4.24)
  • DevOps (4.20)
  • Golang (4.11)
  • Database Administration (4.09)
  • Community (Building, Org, Outreach, etc) (4.02)

But if you have something cool not listed, don’t be discouraged! We welcome all kinds of content, and have had popular talks on WWI Battleships, Ergonomics, Knitting, and more. If it’s geeky, we’re listening.

With all that out of the way, SELF is proud to announce our first keynote out of early decision:

Eric S. Raymond – Long-Term Trends in Open Source

It’s been 22 years since “The Cathedral and the Bazaar”. Where we’ve been might tell us something about where we’re going. Today’s challenges include the ephemeralization of computers, the decline of C, open hardware, and increasingly dangerous information monopolies. What’s a hacker to do?

Stay tuned to SELF through email or social media or our website as we release our first draft schedule in the coming week and open registration soon thereafter!

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Announcing SELF 2019, SELF 2020, and changes

We are pleased to announce the full details for both SELF 2019 and SELF 2020.

SELF 2019 (FB event link) will be held June 14-16, 2019 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel in Charlotte, NC. We would like to thank our initial launch sponsors who agreed with us all the way back just after SELF 2018 to sponsor: Oracle/MySQL, Percona, Fedora, Linode, PogoLinux, Altispeed, and The Ask Noah Show. Our call for speakers is open immediately. We will announce an initial wave of accepted talks on March 31st, with RFP closing and final schedule announced on April 15th. To have your talk considered please have it in no later than April 14th 11:59 PM ET. To have it considered for early decision, please have it in no later than March 30th 11:59 PM ET. Our sponsor prospectus for 2019 is up as well if you wish to sponsor. Our room block is open, and as usual hurry, the rooms go very fast. We’re pleased to tentatively announce the following special events as part of SELF 2019: LPI Exams, Ham Radio Testing, Ham Radio Exam Cram, GPG Key Signing, Fiber Track, Zero To DBA, Geeks With Guns, the /dev/random track, and of course the Craft Beer Bottle Share / LAN gaming / whatever our legendary evening parties are morphing into these days. Our propaganda is up and the job board and carpool/room share pages are cleaned up and awaiting submissions. In previous years we have been only in one wing of the Sheraton hotel. Going forward starting this year we now have the entire hotel. This means content expansion and a more serious LAN Party and all sorts of other things are being discussed. So make sure you show up to SELF 2019 and make your voice heard if you fancy (more of this or that) in SELF 2020. And similarly vote in our super short 2 question survey about our theme for 2020 and talk content going forward. 🙂

SELF 2020 (FB event link) will be held June 12-14, 2020 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel in Charlotte, NC. Note that while we have already opened our call for speakers, from here forward RFP is being pushed back. RFP will close January 31st, 2020. We have released a draft sponsor prospectus as well. We have a room block open, however the Sheraton will not accept bookings further than a year out. So while this link is good and valid you cannot use it just yet. We’ll send out a reminder email or two about the hotel when the link is working, as the only other time we’ve made a hotel block available this early it booked out shockingly fast (was over 80% gone before the new year).

The website has been updated (look, we switched to WordPress blocks and nothing is on fire …. yet), reorganized, and expanded to match with some changes announced at the 2018 keynote. Of particular note are the following pages:

In addition, changes are coming to how we publish videos and audio. We will no longer be using YouTube as the be all end all for releases, due to YouTube’s oppressive automated copyright enforcement. We had pretty much an entire year worth of videos flagged by YouTube due to the music used in our sponsor ads. We appealed this decision since our sponsors, to the best of our knowledge, appropriately licensed the music in question. YouTube refused to reinstate a single video, and this appeals process takes a month for each video. While our new method of placing sponsors in videos (static image) doesn’t run afoul of YouTube’s copyright robot, it also doesn’t inspire confidence in the platform as a place for long term meaningful and open dialog. As such, we are working to backport the entire updated A/V portfolio (a sobering number of terabytes) to Archive.org as well as Vimeo as alternatives to YouTube, particularly in some European countries like Germany where we’ve had our videos removed wholesale. We’ll still be using YouTube as the means to stream for our remote attendees for now, but we’re looking into having multiple services should YouTube become a pain to deal with in this area as well.

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SELF 10: Liftoff

Live coverage: https://www.southeastlinuxfest.org/live/

Remote attendee ($5) gets you access to live (5-60m delay depending on YouTube processing time) streams of the talks.


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SELF 2018: T-1 Week

In this final update, we cover some important last minute items:

– We have published our final schedule.

– There will be two major open source projects doing bug bounties at the event (you fix bugs, you get paid money).  Information on the bug bounties is in our program guide.  Want to get a jump start on the competition? Then …

– We encourage you to register to attend beforehand so you can can pickup your program guide and stuff as early as Thursday night.

– Please take a moment to fill out our 10th anniversary survey if you haven’t already.  We’ll be using the feedback in a keynote.

– If you intend on purchasing kits for the fiber track (knitting etc), please let us know your purchase preferences so we can make sure we have enough, but not too much.

– Can’t make it to SELF?   No problem!   This year we have a new remote attendee, where you can see all the talks live or on minimal delay.

– Interested in volunteering?   Send us an email!

– Both the Friday and Saturday parties are sponsored by Linode.  So everybody gets in, but supporting attendees and those who bring some to share get in an hour early and get a top shelf tasting.
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SELF 10: Full Steam Ahead

Registration is NOW OPEN. Please take care to read the admittedly long text on that page as it explains some of the changes as well as some of the events that will be going on. If you are a speaker, sponsor, volunteer, or staff you will receive an email with registration information later this week.

Accordingly, we’re thrilled to release our working schedule for the event this year. While there could still be some changes, they should be minor.

As usual, our parties will feature a selection of beer, wine, and liquor from throughout the southeast. We’ve started the Google Spreadsheet to coordinate on that, and look for many many updates to that doc over the coming weeks. We typically have over 100 different selections available when it’s all said and done.

Be sure to get your hotel room if you haven’t already … they’re almost gone and the block discount rate with free wifi expires FRIDAY 5PM!

We’ll be publishing our mobile schedule with full talk descriptions and speaker bios in the next week or so, as well as releasing a full road map for the Rally on The Tail of the Dragon and Blue Ridge Parkway and much more. Stay tuned!

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Preparing for the 10th SouthEast LinuxFest

We are pleased to announce preparations for the 2018 SouthEast LinuxFest (our 10th anniversary!) are complete! Buckle up:

Call for speakers is now open with a deadline to submit of 11:59 PM ET Friday April 20th.

– We have a special 10th Anniversary Survey, would you please consider taking it? Results will be presented in a keynote this year.

– The prospectus and call for sponsors is now open!

– Our 2018 Propaganda is now up.

Speaking Tracks Confirmed:
– Zero To DBA (Friday and Saturday all day)
– /dev/random (Saturday all day)
– (More TBD)

Special Events:
– One of the keynotes at SELF 2018 will be SELF’s original President, Dave Yates.

Ask Noah will be doing a special live broadcast at SELF.

– We are thrilled to announce a tentative TLLTS reunion show at SELF. Exactly who from TLLTS is top secret and TBD, but we tentatively expect most of the crew there, and are considering crowd funding to get everybody in one place again.

Ham Radio License Exams and an Exam Cram will happen again this year at SELF. They will again be free through Laurel VEC.

– Geeks With Guns will again return to SELF this year. We are currently working on getting some, ahem, “special” equipment to use at the range for our 10th anniversary. Given that Geeks With Guns has sold clear out every year, we’re going to make the leap and DOUBLE the attendance cap for Geeks With Guns this year. And the cost of admission will include some rounds in any “special” equipment we’re able to obtain.

– The Fiber Track will RETURN to SELF 2018! Being the awesome people that they are, they have already published a schedule.

– The GPG Key Signing will be returning again at SELF 2018.

– Based upon the overwhelming popularity last year, the LAN Party is returning and we are seeking your input in the 10th Anniversary Survey as to what game(s) we should play this time.

– We will again have a conference party on Friday and Saturday night. By default the party is open only to supporting attendees, staff, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers. If sponsored, the party becomes open to the public and aforementioned groups get in one hour early. The party will have, as usual, a selection of wine, distillates, and beer exclusively from craft makers throughout the southeast. This year will feature a top shelf tasting open only to the aforementioned groups on Friday night. The Friday night party has already been sponsored by Linode.

– There is at least one, and likely to be at least two, major open source projects doing bug bounties at SELF where you will get paid per fixed big. The projects doing this will likely not be announced until the event to give everybody a fair start.

– The Internet Civil Engineering Institute will hold their annual meeting as part of SELF.

Last but not least, the videos are being released onto YouTube. Be sure to subscribe to our channel or follow us on Twitter to be updated with each release as they’ll be coming every day for a little while.

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T -1 Week Until SELF 2017

It’s almost here! Some final things to keep in mind as the event nears:

– Here’s our final schedule … only minor talk changes happened since last time.

– Make sure you’re registered to attend — registering in advance will greatly speed up check-in for you!

Geeks With Guns is almost sold out. We will not be able to add more space. So when it is gone, it’s gone.

– For the first time in quite a long time, it appears the Saturday Party will not be sponsored. (Don’t panic … the Friday Party is sponsored by Linode!) This means some changes for regular (free) attendees. While there will still be a party, including the craft beer bottle share, unless it is sponsored it will not be open to the public. It will only be open to volunteers, supporting attendees, staff, speakers, sponsors, and those who brought some to share. We can still take a sponsor for this if somebody wants to step up. But if that doesn’t happen you might want to review the Party Bottle Share Doc and bring some from your neck of the woods if you want to guarantee party access on Saturday if you’re not in any of the former groups.

Carpools/Room Shares … We already have one room share request, and we expect several room share/carpool requests to come in over the next few days as we publicize registration and the schedule.

Job Board … We encourage you to submit jobs to our job board if you’re looking for FOSS experts to hire!

– If you want to volunteer, please fill out this form ASAP and we’ll be in touch!

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SELF 2017 Registration, Schedule, Hotel Rooms, Parties, Carpools, and Room Shares

We are pleased to announce registration is NOW OPEN for the 2017 SouthEast LinuxFest. Accordingly, we have also released our DRAFT SCHEDULE for the event. Note that some special registration types require a password to even be able to view the registration options. So if you are in one of those special groups and don’t have the magic password in your email inbox by 5/17, please email info@southeastlinuxfest.org

We have been a bit quiet with things because of a pretty aggressive push on our hotel room block this year. This is the first year where we had our hotel room block available the very next day after the previous year’s SELF ended. As a result, our room block was mostly exhausted by January. So we’ve been quietly pushing speakers/sponsors into our block while we still could. If you haven’t gotten a room in our block yet, you need to do so *immediately* as we have already hugely blown through our block, nearly doubling its original size. So you’re already depending upon general availability at the Sheraton to get a room right now. I expect hotel rooms to be unavailable at the Sheraton within a few hours of this post going live on social media. If you cannot book at the Sheraton any more, please email info@southeastlinuxfest.org … we can work to provide an alternate room block at a nearby hotel and arrange for shuttle transportation to/from your alternate hotel.

In addition, we encourage you to check out the following items of interest:
Party Bottle Share Doc … If you want to bring some craft wine/liquor/beer from your neck of the woods to share with everybody, you can get into the parties an hour earlier! SELF will consider paying you for the goods if you’re bringing stuff we cannot easily obtain. Email us at info@southeastlinuxfest.org to discuss if you’re interested and have access to less well known stuff outside the Asheville/Greenville/Spartanburg area.

Carpools/Room Shares … We already have one room share request, and we expect several room share/carpool requests to come in over the next few days as we publicize registration and the schedule.

Job Board … We encourage you to submit jobs to our job board if you’re looking for FOSS experts to hire!

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SELF 2017 Bootstrapped

Call For Sponsors OPEN
We are pleased to announce that call for sponsors is now open, the 2017 sponsor prospectus is now available.

Call For Speakers OPEN
Our call for speakers is now open with a deadline to submit of 4/14, 11:59 PM ET.

Hotel Rooms Going Fast
SELF opened its room block for SELF 2017 on the last day of SELF 2016. That room block is already 1/3 gone, so don’t delay and book your room now.

Now Accepting Job Board / Room Share / Carpooling Submissions
If you are interested in organizing a room share or carpool, or posting a job for some of the most serious geeks in the region to see, feel free to submit those to us and we’ll get them up ASAP.

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