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.

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

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.

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.

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!

Good luck.

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