Birds of a Feather 2022

The 2022 OLF Conference will be holding Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions between 8:00 and 10:00pm on Friday, December 2.

A BoF session is typically more interactive than a regular presentation; it is an opportunity for a group of people with a common interest to get together. Past session topics have included text editors, game development, homebrew computing, Google Summer of Code projects, configuration management systems, and running Linux user groups.

Available rooms will have a projector and screen and a capacity of about 30 people. Let us know if you will want to play audio – we may be able to accommodate this, or you might need to bring your own speakers. While sessions are an hour long, please plan to wrap up 5 to 10 minutes early so the next group can come in and get settled.

Pre-applications will close on Wednesday, November 30 or when the available space is filled. If room space is still available, day-of signups will be possible on Friday, December 2 at the registration area.

Planned Sessions

Old Fogies Unite! – Jon ‘maddog’ Hall

Do you think a real computer’s memory is measured in words rather than gigabytes? Can you read punched paper tape by sight? Or do you just want to hear about when dinosaurs roamed the computer center?

Come and share (or listen to) war stories of days gone by.

Data Assurance – John Aron

What is important in protecting data? What approaches are most effective? Come and discuss security, and get a demo of the technology featured in John’s presentation on Saturday.

Ansible Automation is for Everyone – Joshua Preston

Come join us for a discussion on Ansible automation! This BoF will focus on Q&A, learning options, perhaps a quick demonstration or two, or alternatively bring an interesting problem!

Careers at Tufin – Alex Mier

Tufin is a security company based in Akron, Ohio which is hiring. Several team members will be there to discuss the culture at the company. Jeni’s ice cream will be served!

If you have any questions, please contact BoF organizer Vance Kochenderfer at