Linux Weekly News presents its wrap-up of the Ottawa Linux
Symposium. The summary goes something like "less free beer, still a
"In many ways, this year's Ottawa Linux Symposium looks
much like last year's event. It's in the same place, with a similar
schedule of seriously technical talks mostly oriented around the
kernel and GNOME. But the differences jump out after a short time.
Many companies who were here in force last year - Corel, Zero
Knowledge, VA Linux - have much reduced attendance (or zero
attendance) this year. And a number of the more prominent speakers
from last year (David Miller, Alan Cox) are not around.
There is also a distinct reduction in the availability of free
beer; fewer companies seem to feel they can afford to throw a party
for the attendees this time around.
OLS remains a high-quality event, however, with many interesting
speakers and topics. It is one of the definitive,
development-oriented conferences for Linux and free software. And
Ottawa is still a fun place for a conference."