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Conferences and Tracks

Convention Conferences
  · Perl Conference 7
  · The Python 11 Conference
  · PHP Conference 3

Convention Tracks
  · Apache
  · Applications
  · Emerging Topics
  · Java
  · MySQL
  · PostgreSQL
  · Ruby
  · XML

Convention News

Don't miss our OSCON CoverageOSCON News!

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Speaker Presentations Are Available Online -- If you missed some of the sessions but want to know what was covered, download the presentation files.

Enter to Win a Free Conference Pass When You Fill Out a Conference or Speaker Eval Form-- Evaluation forms are now available online. Fill out evaluation forms on individual speakers and the overall convention, and you'll be entered to win one of two free passes to a future O'Reilly conference of your choice. We appreciate your thoughts and ideas and we'll use them to shape our future conferences.

Using iCal? -- Here's how you can subscribe to the OSCON schedule and view session information directly in your own iCal calendar.

An Interview with George Dyson -- In this interview with chromatic, George Dyson talks about his upcoming OSCON keynote in which he'll explore the pioneering work in computation and computational biology at the Institute for Advanced Study, drawing parallels between that world and open source development. Hear Dyson speak at OSCON.

Classic Video Games and Beer on Friday Night-- Come play classic arcade video games using real quarters, while sipping on some local microbrew and checking your email with the 802.11b wireless access. Quarters and microbrew provided by Stonehenge Consulting Services, so it's all *free*.

An Interview with Mitch Kapor -- Mitch Kapor heads the Open Source Applications Foundation, the group behind Chandler. In this ONLamp.com interview, Mitch discusses whether and how collaborative development can bring open source software to the desktop in a teaser for his upcoming OSCON keynote.

Free Linux Certification Exams -- Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Linux community that offers vendor-neutral training certification for Linux system administrators. In cooperation with O'Reilly & Associates, LPI exams 101 and 201 will be offered free of charge on Wednesday and Thursday at OSCON 2003.

Don't miss Intel's Linux-driven Robot -- Myron Hattig, senior architect at Intel Research, will discuss how Intel is building Linux-driven robots that communicate over wireless LANs. His session is on Friday, July 11 and he'll have one of the robots on hand. Read more about the project in an article by Jim Butler.

New Sessions Added on MySQL -- Jeremy D. Zawodny, software engineer with Yahoo!, is slated to teach two sessions titled Benchmarking MySQL Queries and MySQL Scaling Pains on Friday, July 11.

Lightning Talks -- We are still accepting proposals for 5-minute Lightning Talks at the 2003 O'Reilly Open Source Convention. If you have a great idea for a lightning talk, please submit a proposal.

Open Source on the Cover of CIO Magazine ? "Any CIO without an open-source strategy in 2003 will be paying too much for IT in 2004," writes Christopher Koch in the March 15 issue of CIO Magazine. Titled "Your Open Source Plan," the article explains why CIOs need to seriously consider using open source software.

Coming To OSCON On A Budget? Save money on your housing costs by sharing a room while you're in Portland. We have a room-share mailing list to facilitate finding a suitable roommate. Please visit the room sharing page to submit your information. The list will be updated and emailed weekly.

See What's New at OSCON 2003 -- We've had an exceptionally broad range of high quality proposals to choose from for our 2003 program. See what's new, and take advantage of a great program and significant savings when you register for our convention package.

Invitation to Attend The 5th O'Reilly Open Source Convention -- Read why you cannot afford to miss OSCON 2003 from Convention Chair Nathan Torkington and O'Reilly & Associates President Tim O'Reilly.

States of the Union -- Spend an evening listening to informative and entertaining presentations on the state of six open source worlds. Hear insights from each of these leading open source communities: Perl, Python, Linux, Apache, PHP, and MySQL.

"One of the hallmarks of OSCON is that most of the sessions are about something you can use at your desk later today, not obscure and interesting things that you want to play with but won't."
-- Adam Turoff, Independent Consultant

Photos from OSCON 2002

Jim Kent.
Jim Kent provided terrific insights to the process of evolution and how genetic material mutates (photos by Derrick Story).

Dick Hardt.
Dick Hardt, ActiveState Founder and CTO (right), joins the conversation in the Speakers Lounge (photos by Derrick Story).


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