OK, things are progressing well. We have a dozen or so talks already
submitted, more expected.
A question that had been raised was about the tracks. We then realised
that the talk form was showing *last year's* tracks, which is of course
incorrect. The official tracks are:
Topics such as kernel development, drivers, application development, web
Topics such as Installation, System administration, user management,
Topics such as Office suites, Desktops, Applications, etc.
Management related topics such as RoI, TCO, licenses, etc.
Topics related to the Linux and OpenSource community, such as LUG
meetings, social impact, community interaction, etc.
Topics related to emerging technologies, such as IPv6, Grid Computing,
An important addition to the website is the Guides section
(http://linux-bangalore/2002/guides/). Please have a look - it urgently
needs inputs and contributions from you guys.
Last year, we had people designing posters. I'd love to see that happening
this year as well. Keep in mind that the event is focussed on
*professionals* as well as non-professionals, so try and create stuff that
can be hung on a corporate bulletin board as well.
Several people have asked what talks have been volunteered so far. I'll be
honest with you - we have no intention of letting you know until we are
ready to schedule. Our reasoning is that knowing that someone else has
already offered a talk on a subject will very likely cause others
considering the same topic to shy away.
Because of this, we face two issues - duplicates, which could result in
some people not being able to talk on the subject, and lack of numbers -
in order to fill 72 slots, we will need about a hundred talks offered!
One way to get around this is to look at the list of talks from last year
(/2001/schedules/index.html) and *not* consider speaking
on these subjects. Think of new technology or community related topics
Some good topics to consider:
- Embedded Linux
- Linux in telecom (carrier grade Linux)
- Linux in the entertainment industry
- New directions in Kernel development
- Real-world deployment issues
- The Real TCO of using OpenSource software
- KDE 3.1 and beyond
- Gnome 2
- Programming under Linux
- Game Development under Linux
- Linux games
- Linux Localisation
- Programming the Simputer
Some topics you should totally avoid are distribution-specific talks. We
can do without those, for obvious reasons.
Another "hot" topic appears to be "Introducing Linux" and stuff for
absolute newbies. Guys, please, give me a break - unless someone has
been living under a rock for the past 4 years, s/he knows what Linux is,
and "Intro to Linux" talks are sooooo 1999'ish.
Remember, we had LB/2001 last year, which covered a lot of this stuff.
This year, concentrate on new stuff - stuff that has happened since
LB/2001 that is worth talking about.
We *will* have a tutorial track for raw newbies, but from experience, I
can tell you that the kind of crowd we expect this year is going to avoid
being seen in those newbie halls to avoid being tagged as "nontech" by
their employers! ;-)
Focus on technologies useful to professionals. Even if you are a student,
your knowledge of a technology can be *extremely* useful to a
professional, so don't let the potential audience profile scare you away.
Start drumming up support from your LUGs. We don't want to see only
Bangalore faces at the event - we see enough of them during our BLUG
meets. ;-) We want people to come in from other cities, representing their
A question that has been raised is about travel/stay costs. Let me brutal
about this - while we can *consider* sponsoring the travel costs of some
of the out-station speakers, we definitely cannot sponsor *delegates*.
Even sponsoring speakers is completely dependent on sponsorship money
received. This year, we expect a lot more outstation speakers, so costs
are going to shoot up.
If you are a speaker, please consider asking your employer/LUG to sponsor
your travel. Like last year, we will try and put up outstation speakers at
our homes or affordable accommodation, but please do not expect us to
cough up for 5 star hotels and stuff like that.
And don't wait to hear about an announcement about event sponsorship. At
that point, it may be too late to include you in the list of people who
could have their travel sponsored. Enter your talk *now* (at
If you are a potential delegate, please make your own travel/stay
arrangements. This is only fair - this is an event we are arranging for
*you*, and you have a lot to gain from it.
Important - if you are an outstation speaker, please have your local LUG
coordinator send us a note that s/he knows about you. This will go a long
way towards building our confidence when selecting talks and putting them
up before sponsors.
MOST IMPORTANT: BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW! It is 36 days to event start - and
almost certainly you are going to face problems getting tickets in the
If you are a speaker and are eligible for travel sponsorship, you would
still have to pay for your own tickets now, and if sponsorship is
available you will be *reimbursed*. The BLUG will *not* book tickets for
A word about commercial talks: some people are approaching us asking if
they could talk about their products. The answer is - if your product is a
100% opensource product, we will consider it. If it is a commercial
product, we will consider it only if a large number of people will benefit
from it (e.g. a tutorial on Kylix, presented by Borland). But if you
basically want to make a sales pitch, we will consider it only if a) there
are slots free and b) you are willing to pay for it. Contact the
management team if you want to persue this.
That's it for today. Hopefully, I have provided enough fodder for you
people to start discussing things. I look forward to hearing from everyone
with suggestions, nitpicks, queries, clarifications, etc.