Birds of a Feather

The 2019 OLF Conference will be holding Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions between 6:00 and 9:00pm on Friday, November 1.

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, running Linux user groups, and GPG keysigning parties.

Available rooms will have a projector and screen and a capacity of about 30 people. 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, October 30 or when the available space is filled. If room space is still available, day-of signups will be possible on Friday, November 1 at the registration area.

The button below will take you to a Google form for submissions. You may include (plaintext) links in responses, but please do not enter HTML as it will be stripped out.

Go to BoF Application

If you have any questions or prefer not to use a Google form, please contact BoF organizer Vance Kochenderfer at

Planned Sessions

We are still lining up our schedule, but here is a taste of what to expect for this year. Space is still available, so feel free to use the link above to propose your own topic!

Let’s Finish This – Jon “maddog” Hall

For fifty years maddog has been using collaboratively made software. Since 1986 he has been using Free Software (thank you, Richard Stallman). Since 1994 he has been using GNU/Linux. Each year someone declares that year to be “The year of the Linux Desktop.” Yet just as we look to claim victory, Microsoft declares that they “Love Open Source,” yet try to tie us to the cloud.

Enough is enough. maddog has had three heart attacks, and wants to see this before he dies!

What do we have to do to get to REAL computing freedom. What does it mean and how do we do it?

This is not a talk. This is a brainstorming session. Come and give input. Sign away your life. Bring beer.

Fedora Community BoF – Ben Cotton

What’s new in Fedora? What’s coming? What’s on your mind? Come discuss all of these with the Fedora Program Manager and other Fedora community members. This event is open to all Fedora contributors & users, and anyone interested in the Fedora Project.

Vim – Steven Pritchard

The Vim editor is awesome. Let’s discuss.