I’ll be speaking at the Southern California Linux Expo, otherwise known as SCALE (or SCaLE). I’d love if you came to see me! This is my first time attending the confernce, but I grew up in Los Angeles and it’ll be nice to go to a conference there.

SCALE is a community-oriented conference about Linux and other free and open source software. It’s similar to LinuxFest Northwest up in Bellingham, WA, but I think SCALE is larger. For me, the subjects I tend to be most interested in are containers, security, Linux, and other operating systems. My schedule is going to be focused around those topics, but the nice thing about a community conference like this is the variety of talks.

I want to try something new for this conference: publishing my intended schedule. If you feel like you want to join me, let me know!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Start time End time Title Speaker Location
10:00 am 5:00 pm Getting Started with FreeBSD Deb Goodkin and Roller Angel Room 209

It might be strange to attend a Linux conference and spend the first full day in a workshop about FreeBSD, but this does seem the most interesting to me. FreeBSD has has a containerization subsystem for a long time called Jails that I’ve been peripherally aware of, but I’ve never actually used FreeBSD. I’m hoping that this workshop is going to give me a good introduction to both FreeBSD as an operating system and Jails as a containerization subsystem.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Start time End time Title Speaker Location
9:30 am 10:15 am B-tree indexes - learn more about the heart of PostgreSQL Anastasia Lubennikova Room 105
11:00 am 11:45 am Container Registries: Then and Now Joseph Schorr and Josh Berkus Ballroom B
2:00 pm 2:45 pm Extending containerd Samuel Karp Ballroom B
3:45 pm 4:30 pm Secrets Management Murriel Perez-McCabe Ballroom DE

This day is the day that I’m speaking, so I’m taking it a bit easy on the schedule and I’m not sure that I’ll actually make it to any of these talks. I reserved a big block for lunch and preparation before my talk (which is at 2:00 pm); please feel free to come up to me, but be aware that I’ll be having my usual pre-talk nerves and will probably be a bit on-edge.

Aside from my own talk, I’ll be attending a talk on container registries. As I am now a member of the Open Container Initiative’s Technical Oversight Board and as I’ve been involved in some of the design of Amazon Elastic Container Registry, I’m expecting this talk to be pretty related to my interests.

I’m including a talk on PostgreSQL and B+ trees as it’s a topic I haven’t spent much time on professionally and remember a bit from school. I’m hoping to have both a refresher on how B+ trees are used and learn how they’re leveraged in PostgreSQL.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Start time End time Title Speaker Location
10:00 am 11:00 am Keynote: DNS Wars - Episode IV – A New Bypass Paul Vixie Ballroom DE
11:30 am 12:30 pm Desktop Linux at Facebook: A Brief History Michel Salim and Jim Heald Room 105
1:30 pm 2:30 pm What’ll We Do When FOSS Licenses Jump the Shark? Bradley Kuhn Ballroom G
3:00 pm 4:00 pm eBPFTrace - Finally Dtrace Replacement on Linux Peter Zaitsev Ballroom F
4:30 pm 5:30 pm Building Community for your Company’s OSS Projects Dawn Foster Room 105
6:00 pm 7:00 pm FreeBSD, The Other Unix-Like Operating System and Why You Should Get Involved! Deb Goodkin Ballroom G

For me, most of this day is going to be focused on Linux and open source community, with a smattering of FreeBSD at the end. There are longer blocks between sessions this day (and Sunday), so it should be easier to find me in the hallways.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Start Time End time Title Speaker Location
10:00 am 11:00 am Keynote TBA Ballroom DE
11:30 am 12:30 pm Rock the Cashbox Joe Needleman Room 103
1:30 pm 2:30 pm Software mitigations for hardware vulnerabilities Pawan Gupta Room 106
3:00 pm 4:00 pm Building a thriving community in (for-profit) open source projects Ray Paik Room 107
4:30 pm 5:30 pm Bastille : Secure Container Automation for FreeBSD Christer Edwards Ballroom B

I’m curious to find out what the keynote is going to be for Sunday. If it’s not something I’m interested in, I may end up skipping. The rest of the day, I’ll be focused on security (including FreeBSD jails) and spend a bit of time on open source community again.

I have a commitment Sunday evening, so I will not be staying around after the last session ends at 5:30 pm. But I will be around during most of the day, so earlier is a good opportunity to find me.

I hope you’re as excited about SCALE as I am!