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ab
02-Jul-2014, 03:34
Somebody once asked, and I once answered, and now apparently this is where
the response should go so:


I'm not a very exciting person when it comes to "surrounding area" so I'll
leave that to others.

Highlights:
Training. SUSE training folks are there doing sessions. They are pretty
good and hands-on, so get into them.

Sessions:
Find what you want to learn, just like at BrainShare but a bit more
focused, and then go do it. Want to build an RPM SPEC file? I was in a
session last year on that. Want to test out your favorite app with
virtualiztion in LXC? Did that. Want to play with Btrfs to see some
really awesome filesystem stuff? Did that a couple of years ago. Want to
setup a HA cluster in an hour? Did that. Pretty awesome, really.

Certification:
Practice before and while at the conference, and then take that
certification you've been waiting on for a while. Testing, at least last
year, was free, and I saw people testing for the CLP and LPIC certifications.

Activities:
The conference coordinates some activities for everybody to attend. They
are nice too. Bring the family or significant-other and take them to
Disney World, or the Blue Man Group. Fun times for everybody!


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smflood
02-Jul-2014, 09:59
On 02/07/2014 03:34, ab wrote:

> Highlights:
> Training. SUSE training folks are there doing sessions. They are pretty
> good and hands-on, so get into them.

I'm intrigued and excited about the "Pre-conference Hands-on Workshop"
noted on the Agenda[1]. Whilst I have an idea what that might be I'm
waiting to hear the details.

> Sessions:
> Find what you want to learn, just like at BrainShare but a bit more
> focused, and then go do it. Want to build an RPM SPEC file? I was in a
> session last year on that. Want to test out your favorite app with
> virtualiztion in LXC? Did that. Want to play with Btrfs to see some
> really awesome filesystem stuff? Did that a couple of years ago. Want to
> setup a HA cluster in an hour? Did that. Pretty awesome, really.

Yes my best session last year was Craig Gardner's RPM session as it was
hands-on as opposed to just presentations.

> Certification:
> Practice before and while at the conference, and then take that
> certification you've been waiting on for a while. Testing, at least last
> year, was free, and I saw people testing for the CLP and LPIC certifications.

I kind of wish I at least tried a test last year but this year I see
that "Certification Testing" is listed on the Agenda for Friday.

> Activities:
> The conference coordinates some activities for everybody to attend. They
> are nice too. Bring the family or significant-other and take them to
> Disney World, or the Blue Man Group. Fun times for everybody!

Last year's pirate party was kind of mad and the free evening pass to a
Disney park was great fun (even though I'd already spent several days at
Universal and Disney parks with my wife before SUSECon!). I wonder what
they'll do this year ... ?
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ab
02-Jul-2014, 12:01
On 07/02/2014 02:59 AM, Simon Flood wrote:
>
> I'm intrigued and excited about the "Pre-conference Hands-on Workshop"
> noted on the Agenda[1]. Whilst I have an idea what that might be I'm
> waiting to hear the details.

How in the world did I miss that note? Now I need to go pester people who
may know....

> Yes my best session last year was Craig Gardner's RPM session as it was
> hands-on as opposed to just presentations.

I was in one of those too. It was pretty neat not only to get steps to
build an RPM of your own, and not just on your own system but in the Open
Build System (OBS) so that you can get to it from anywhere and share it
with others, but to also see that the internal folks are doing the exact
same thing for their own stuff brought a lot of confidence to the OBS
technology.

> Last year's pirate party was kind of mad and the free evening pass to a
> Disney park was great fun (even though I'd already spent several days at
> Universal and Disney parks with my wife before SUSECon!). I wonder what
> they'll do this year ... ?

Whatever the evening activities are, I suspect there will be more
projectiles again like the last couple of years. It would not be SUSEcon
without orange spheres flying from/to one particular booth, and the
collection of said spheres at another.

I forgot to mention that last year I saw some pretty awesome stuff from
the zLinux folks at IBM. When they describe a mainframe as being not a
server, but an entire datacenter, they weren't kidding. As long as the
software being run is supported within the System Z world, this is some
pretty awesome technology.

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smflood
02-Jul-2014, 16:56
On 02/07/2014 12:01, ab wrote:

> How in the world did I miss that note? Now I need to go pester people who
> may know....

Well it seems I forgot to include the link to the agenda[1] but now
doubt there'll be some announcement and/or section on the SUSECon
website giving details in due course.

HTH.

[1] http://www.susecon.com/agenda.html
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kwimmer
02-Jul-2014, 20:27
On 02/07/2014 03:34, ab wrote:

I'm intrigued and excited about the "Pre-conference Hands-on Workshop"
noted on the Agenda[1]. Whilst I have an idea what that might be I'm
waiting to hear the details.

Let me give you a few details on the Pre-conference Hands-on Workshop.

The SUSE Training Services team is hard at work documenting all the primary differences between SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 and SUSE Linux Enterprise 12. If you're following along at home, version 12 will be released in Fall and SUSECon will be the best place to experience it first. And the very first time to touch it will be this Workshop!

Ron Terry (famous to many of you!) will be leading this class, giving you a chance to see what has changed and to experiment with it under the watchful eyes of a skilled instructor.

Not to be missed!