Birds of a Feather 2023

The 2023 OLF Conference will be holding Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions on Friday, September 8. Because of high demand last year, we are expanding the hours to be between 7:00 and 10:00pm.

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 have closed, but day-of signups will be possible on Friday, September 8 at the registration area.

Planned Sessions

Mastodon and the Fediverse – murph

The rise of centralized services for online activities like social media and messaging has prompted some to develop distributed alternatives, such as Mastodon and Matrix. The term “Fediverse” has been used to describe these.

If you’re involved, or just want to get together with people sharing your interest, come and chat with us and ask/answer questions about the Fediverse and adjacent networks.

Diversity and Inclusion – Beth Lynn Eicher

The OLF Conference was an early adopter of a diversity statement:

The OLF Conference is dedicated for making Open Source truly open to everyone. We do not discriminate based on ethnic background, religion, gender, sexuality, body shape, disability, or even what operating system you use. We also do not tolerate harassment based on discrimination.

Let’s have a discussion about how we can make this a better place for you.

Three Tier Client-Server Computing – Jon ‘maddog’ Hall – Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to travel problems maddog will not be able to hold this BoF.

In the early days of Linux there were a lot of people who used Linux with “Three Tier Client-Server Computing.”

Often these systems were also called “LAMP” (Linux/Apache/MySQL/Perl or Python or PHP) and advocated separating the data storage, data processing and data presentation to three different levels.

Out of this came several great success stories, and this BoF is a chance to share some of them, both yours and others.

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