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Editor's Note: Spring Brings ELF, Solutions to West Coast

May 09, 2003, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)


Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers

By Brian Proffitt
Managing Editor

Day after day, hour after hour, Linux Today has published success stories about how company X migrated their servers or their desktops to from operating system Y to Linux.

It is a sign, I think, of how popular Linux has become that while we used to slow the newsfeed down at night, lately we have been keeping the rate of postings at a steady level--sometimes even accelerating the posts just to keep up with all the news that's out there.

But pointing you to the stories is not enough. While there are some excellent tutorials out there, there is nothing like hearing the information for yourself and interacting with the experts that are making Linux a success story in the enterprise.

Thus, Linux Today is once again sponsoring the Enterprise Linux Forum (ELF). The Spring 2003 conference will be in Santa Clara, California from June 5-6, with pre-show workshop sessions on June 4. The range of topics will be broad, but the depth of knowledge you will get from all of the sessions will be great indeed.

The Santa Clara conference follows the very successful debut ELF held last Fall in Boston. There, attendees gathered to learn about and discuss the real-world solutions necessary to get Linux and open-source software actually going in their organizations. The feedback we received from that conference was very positive, and we have taken all of the comments to build an even better show out in Santa Clara.

Topics that will be addressed range from security, with sessions hosted by Bastille Linux's Jay Beale and security expert Bob Toxen, to enterprise systems management, with sessions by Ximian's Bob Erskine and Sunil Saxena from Intel. Topical issues such as grid computing and the legal ramifications of using open source will also be delved into at this two-day conference. For a more complete agenda, visit the ELF conference schedule.

Whatever your topic interest, you should find something of interest during our solutions-oriented sessions. We're serious about the solutions, too, because the ELF sessions are not just another marketing opportunity for vendors: the speakers will be there to offer you real advice and real examples of how Linux can work in your organization.

I am very excited about this conference, because we have worked through a lot of the opening show bugs. Thus, we will be delivering polished and very expert content to conference attendees.

There will be other things to see at the ELF besides the sessions, of course. The show's vendor floor is steadily growing with each iteration of the ELF that we put on, so you will have a chance to meet Linux experts one on one to learn what solution might work best for you.

Linux Today readers have a special inviation to attend an after-session meet and greet during the conference as well. I and editor emeritus Michael Hall hope to meet many of our West Coast readers there.

So if solutions are what you seek, then come to our Spring Enterprise Linux Forum and get the knowledge you need to make Linux a success in your company.