ANN: OSCON 2004 (Python 12) call for participation - proposal deadline February 9th!

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    2004 O'Reilly Open Source Convention Call for Participation:
    Opening the Future: Discover, Develop, Deliver

    The O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) will be held July 26-30, 2004 at
    the Portland Marriott Downtown in Portland, OR.

    Proposals Submission Information--Deadline: February 9, 2004

    Sebastopol, CA--"There is an upheaval in the open source landscape,
    particularly Linux, and the corporate landscape is changing too," observes
    Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates. Economic pressures
    and legal battles have combined to push open source topics to the front
    burner as companies, institutions, and governments of every size make
    technology decisions. O'Reilly, long a vocal open source advocate, brings
    together open source influencers, early adopters, technology activists,
    developers, and business leaders to evaluate and debate the evolving open
    source landscape at OSCON, the annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention.

    The 2004 O'Reilly Open Source Convention, to be held in Portland, OR from
    July 26-30, is now accepting proposals delving into topics that matter most
    to the entire open source community, which includes new--and perhaps
    unexpected--players. "OSCON provides an analysis of what's happening now and
    what may come--what will affect the future landscape. This convention brings
    together projects in a way that other conferences don't. We're able to cover
    a broad range of topics in a deep, coherent way," says OSCON program chair
    Nathan Torkington. "It's not just about trimming costs at large companies,
    it's about collaborating and innovating our way into the next big thing.
    This convention is like a radar. It's a mix of what you'll be doing as soon
    as you get back to your desk and what you'll be doing differently in six

    The keynote speakers for the next OSCON exemplify the event's wide-ranging
    mix: Freeman, George, and Esther Dyson, presenting a joint keynote address;
    Robert Lefkowitz, who was one of OSCON 2003's most thought-provoking
    speakers; Milton Ngan of Weta Digital, the company that created the digital
    effects for "The Lord of the Rings" films; and Tim O'Reilly. Other
    influential open source leaders will come to OSCON to accept the first Open
    Source Awards, produced by the Open Source Institute (OSI) and ZDNet
    (winners will be announced in stages during the winter and spring of 2004).

    Proposals Submission Information--Deadline: February 9, 2004

    Individuals and companies interested in making session or tutorial
    presentations, or participating in panel discussions, are invited to submit
    proposals. Presentations by marketing staff or with a marketing focus will
    not be accepted; neither will submissions made by anyone other than the
    proposed speaker. Session presentations are 45 or 90 minutes long, and
    tutorials are either a half-day (three hours) or a full day (six hours).

    The theme for OSCON 2004 is "Opening the Future: Discover, Develop,
    Deliver." Proposals for sessions that help attendees discover new open
    source projects, develop new relationships, or deliver value to their
    employers and coworkers are especially welcome. Proposals that are not
    related to the theme are also encouraged, such as case studies showing how
    open source software solved thorny problems or replaced expensive closed
    source software, best practices for a tool or system, new features or
    modules, and fundamental skills.

    The tracks and conferences running in parallel at the convention include:

    - Management, security, administration, configuration
    - Desktop, server farm, back office, personal productivity tools,

    PHP Conference 4
    - Unix, Windows, Apache, and beyond
    - New developments, security, case studies, large-scale applications
    best practices

    The Python 12 Conference
    - Python and Zope
    - Using the latest modules, software engineering, case studies

    Perl Conference 8
    - Perl 5, Perl 6, Parrot, mod_perl
    - Useful modules, software development tips, developing for Parrot and Perl

    MySQL and PostgreSQL
    - Configuration, migration, data warehousing, tuning
    - Clustering and replication, fallover, backups
    - Efficient client-side processing and query design

    Apache httpd, Java, and XML projects
    - Apache web server: 2.0, modules, configuration, performance tuning,
    - Apache XML projects: Xerces, Xalan, Cocoon, FOP, SOAP, XML-RPC, XML
    - Apache and Open Source Java projects: Jakarta, Jserv, Avalon, Geronimo

    - XML Schemas, Transformations, Software, Services, and Standards
    - New standards, best practices, web services, IP issues around standards
    and schemas

    - System administration tools, servers, back office utilities
    - GUI systems, user applications, productivity tools

    - Introductions to aspects of Ruby for people unfamiliar with the language
    - Power user talks for experienced Ruby programmers

    OSCON is the one place open source practitioners of every stripe can gather
    to learn useful skills, discover what's new, and "cross-fertilize" projects.
    Concludes Tim O'Reilly, "OSCON is for anyone interested in open source. It's
    the one event that brings together leaders of all the major open source
    projects not only with the hacker community but also with commercial
    software developers, business leaders, analysts, and even opponents of open
    Kevin Altis, Jan 26, 2004
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