Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions

The following is our tentative Birds of a Feather Sessions lineup. Exact times for each BOF are still to be determined. We’ll update this page later when the exact schedule has been finalized.

This set of BoFS is confirmed for the conference. Note that the order of the BoFS is from event open to event close in the room specified. Check the rooms for specific times.

  1. Discussion of all facets of Linux Security and using Linux as a secure packet filtering firewall. War stories, Methods for securing your Linux boxes, and security of various distributions will all be welcome.
  2. A roundtable discussion where all people present can ask and answer questions that pertain to the daunting task of administering Linux. Sharing information about the methods used in large scale and mixed OS environments is highly encouraged. Given that there are many books and online examples of tools, best practices and whatnot, this BOF will hopefully center around what people really use and do as opposed to any single resource’s recommendation.
    We plan on distributing out a sheet with links and other online information on the vast topic of Systems Administration for Linux.
  3. A discussion of how Linux can be used to address the business needs of the enterprise. What are the business arguments for deploying Linux in the enterprise? How does the open-source movement lend itself to real world business advantages? How to allay management fears (security, stability, availability, reliability, etc.) when looking to migrate from proprietary software to Linux? How to address interoperability issues in organizations currently running NT, Unix, etc. This discussion will focus on maximizing the use of Linux in the enterprise in order create a business advantage for the enterprise.
  4. Debian is a GNU/Linux distribution constructed and maintained by over 800 volunteers around the world. Debian includes more application packages than any other distribution, supports more architectures than any other distribution, and Debian’s packaging system makes upgrades easy. Several Debian developers will be present to talk about where Debian is going, and to answer questions about the distribution.

Foobar Project

Did you know that the Foobar project ( is actually a homegrown Colorado project? If it had a car, it could stick one of those “Native” license-plate stickers on it.

Not really. Foobar is everywhere — or at least it seems to be — but a lot of projects *are* being run, managed, or heavily-contributed-to from right here in Colorado.

This BoF is an opportunity for people working on open source projects in Colorado to meet each other, network, and advertise their existence to other Coloradans who’d like to participate in an open source project but can’t work on KDE, for example, because they don’t speak German or Norwegian or whatever.

The Common Operating Environment is an initiative of the Defense Information Infrastructure to provide a common set of resources and procedures for system administration and security across multiple platforms. The DII COE source code is freely available to those willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Solaris, HP-UX, and Windows NT are currently supported, with support for Windows 2000 to arrive shortly. By providing a common set of system and user tools, system administrators and common users can easily utilize any supported platform. The OpenCOE project is designed to provide the functionality of the Common Operating Environment without restrictions to source code for platforms not currently supported by DII COE.


Unlike many Open Source web systems, Zope takes a component approach to application development. However, Zope’s framework has been daunting to master. This BOF will discuss initiatives and directions in improving Zope’s development model.

Discussion of implementing Linux Clusters. Appropriate topics could vary from specific hardware, parallel software implementation, cluster management tools, or making the business case for a cluster.