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UnixReview: Overview of Extreme Linux Developers Forum (ELDF)

Mar 03, 2001, 20:06 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Ferri)

"As you leave Albuquerque Airport heading north on Interstate 25, you leave big city civilization behind for the scrub brush and pink sand of the high plains outside Santa Fe. When you make the last turn off paved roads onto the dirt entrance of The Bishop's Lodge in Santa Fe, you get the feeling that you've left the beaten path behind -- which is an appropriate setting for the fourth Extreme Linux Developers Forum (ELDF)."

"The tone of ELDF is strictly technical and, in fact, no marketing rhetoric or self-promoting speeches are tolerated. There is actually a gong (it looks more like an industrial strength dog's water dish), and as soon as someone touts his own product or mentions a word like "synergy," the gong keeper gives the dog's dish a whack, and the speaker's topic is unceremoniously terminated. Perhaps because of the strictly technical, no-nonsense approach, some of the biggest techies in Linux development attend ELDF, including: Donald Becker, CTO of SCYLD Computing; Jon "Maddog" Hall, Executive Director of Linux International; Pete Beckman, Director of TurboLabs and the founder of the Extreme Linux series of workshops; Al Geist, senior staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab who headed the PVM development team; Greg Lindahl of Creative Computers; Rob Pennington, Director of Computing and Communications at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA); and Ron Minnich from Los Alamos National Lab, a real techie's techie. But each of the 40 or so invitation-only attendees is somehow twisting, shaping, or generally warping Linux to do something extreme and, perhaps, outside the original vision of Linux."

"The first two days of sessions were broken into four topics per day, with three half-hour presentations on each topic. Topics ran the gamut from the somewhat pedestrian "Cluster Building Fundamentals" ("label your cables, dude") to a point-counterpoint session on why Open Source is/isn't more secure than proprietary source, to a really off-the-wall talk on how to get your Linux cluster to approach an inner state of homeostasis. Following is a synopsis of some of the more interesting talks."

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