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This page is an attempt to capture some of the history of Ohio LinuxFest. Several of those who were involved early have moved on, so the institutional memory is dwindling. Putting things down in print here will help keep us from forgetting!


The inaugural Ohio LinuxFest, this was created as a gathering of Ohio Linux User Groups (LUGs). The InterLUG mailing list served as a coordination tool. The event was held at Ohio State University's Dreese Lab from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, October 4.

According to the web site, five presentations were given:

  • John Ackermann on Open Source Licensing
  • Scott Collins on the Mozilla Project
  • David J. Coulson on User-Mode Linux
  • Scott Courtney on Linux on IBM Mainframes
  • Jim McQuillan on the Linux Terminal Server Project


The 2004 event was originally planned to be held at the Ohio State University for a second year. However, room reservations were not obtained, and organizers had to scramble to get meeting rooms at the Hyatt Regency Columbus next to the convention center. This was made possible by Jon 'maddog' Hall, Executive Director of Linux International, who personally fronted the funds needed to secure the meeting space.

Taking place Saturday, October 2 from 10:00am until 6:00pm, two adjoining rooms were used, comprising two separate tracks. The opening keynote and closing were delivered to both rooms by removing the airwall separating them. Presentations included:

  • Linux: Millennium Momentum (opening keynote) by Paul Ferris, KeyCorp
  • Apache Performance by Rich Bowen, Apache Software Foundation
  • Theory and Practice: SELinux on Fedora by Colin Walters, Red Hat, Inc.
  • Open Source Diversity by Deryck Hodge, the Samba Team
  • The Future of the Linux Desktop by Dan Rusek, Novell, Inc.
  • Benchmarking and Tuning the GROMACS Molecular Dynamics Package on Beowulf Clusters by Charles Peck, Josh Hursey, Josh McCoy, Earlham College, Indiana University
  • Asterisk and Linux: VoIP for the Masses by Greg Boehnlein, N2Net
  • Introduction to SUSE LINUX Server the Universal Operating System by Mark Richards, Novell, Inc.
  • Using Open Source Tools to Solve Big Problems: Email by Bill Moran, Potential Technologies
  • Migrating to Apache 2.0 by Rich Bowen, Apache Software Foundation
  • Managing Linux with Red Carpet by Brian Maseck, Novell, Inc.

As a sidenote, George W. Bush was giving a speech for the presidential campaign that year to a group in the Greater Columbus Convention Center next door. Many security personnel and signs prohibiting backpacks and bags were posted around. Fortunately, being outside the convention center proper, the assembled horde of geeks with their laptop bags didn't present a problem.


This was the first LinuxFest in the Greater Columbus Convention Center itself. According to the post-con web page, there were 726 attendees.

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2007 Keynote Max Spevack - Fedora Project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC6URXglbO4

Interview at 2007 OLF with Mad Dog http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fOrZ9JEptI


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2009 alive and well as seen on youtube





  • Project Caua by Jon "maddog" Hall of Linux International
  • Who Is Stealing Your Desktop? by Stormy Peters of the GNOME Foundation
  • Thanks for All the Fish! by Jon "maddog" Hall of Linux International
  • The Digital Media Frontier by Christopher "Monty" Montgomery of Xiph.org



  • The 20th Birthday of the Linux Kernel by Jon "maddog" Hall of Linux International
  • The Long-Term Benefits of Your Work by Cathy Malmrose of Zareason
  • With Software as a Service, Is Only the Network Luddite Free? by Bradley Kuhn of the Software Freedom Conservancy
  • Free Culture in the Year 2031 by Jon "maddog" Hall of Linux International



  • The Perfect Storm by Jon "maddog" Hall of Linux International
  • Stopping SOPA and its Spawn by Wendy Seltzer of W3C
  • Growing Up with Linux by Elizabeth Garbee
  • How to Create Ravenously Passionate Contributors by Angela Byron of Acquia and the Drupal Project



  • GNU/Linux Around the World by Jon "maddog" Hall of Linux International
  • Asterisk Around the World by Mark Spencer of Digium
  • Keeping Your Head About You by Robyn Bergeron of the Fedora Project
  • Building and Running an Open Source Community by Marshall Kirk McKusick of the FreeBSD Project



  • The Columbus Idea Foundry by Alex Bandar
  • Modern Day GNU/Linux: It is not 1984 (or 1969) anymore by Jon "maddog" Hall of Linux International
  • The Maker Community: Default to Open? by Ruth Suehle of Red Hat (Video 1), (Video 2)
  • The Linux You Don't See by Ken Starks of the Reglue Project (Video)



  • Why You Should Contribute to Open Source Projects by Alan Robertson
  • Hacking the Feminist Way by Valerie Aurora
  • back-to-the-future.sh - How I learned to Embrace Change in the Cloud Era by Jorge Castro



  • Hacking Bureaucracy with 18F by Catherine Devlin
  • Becoming the Next Tech Entrepreneur by Ethan Galstad
  • The Democratization of Invention by Joe and Lily Born