If you're looking to take part in some big open source fun, the fourth annual Red Hat Summit is happening in Boston June 18-20 at the Hynes Convention Center. And from the looks of it, there are good geeking times to be had.
The focus of this year's event is on Red Hat customers, community and partners. In each track, there will be stories from Red Hat customers about how they use current open source technology, and information from Red Hat about what they're currently working on.
For current Red Hat users, there will be tons of demonstrations on how to extend the power of Linux. There will also be workshops in which attendees can learn about middleware and virtualization through hands on demos.
The summit will be divided into 8 separate tracks:
# What's New: Learn about the latest in Linux infrastructure, security, desktop technology, messaging, storage and more.
# Beyond the Operating System: Explore the effective usage of applications, methods and practices that will increase the value of your system.
# the Code: Tips, tricks and best practices on implementing security policies, increasing performance and scalability, and effectively managing your deployments.
# Middleware: Apply the value of open source to middleware, leveraging tools and technologies to maximize performance from enterprise applications.
# Open Source: Network with members of the open source community and discover more about open source methodologies, projects, and recent developments.
# What's Next: What's on the horizon from Red Hat and industry partners.
# Peer to Peer: Learn about successes, challenges and best practices from companies deploying open source infrastructure and middleware technologies. Get advice from partners on how to build an architecture based on open source.
# Hot Topics: Standards, intellectual property, trends, and the health of the technology industry will be among the "hot topics" explored in this track.
Keynotes will be given by:
* Jim Stallings, the general manager of Enterprise Systems Division in IBM Systems and Technology Group.
* Joel Cohen, an Emmy award-winning writer and associate producer of The Simpsons. How this man relates to Linux is a mystery to us, but we think that being associate producer of The Simpsons should give one free reign to deliver keynotes at any conference they'd desire. Apparently Red Hat agrees.
* Dr. John Halamka, the CIO of Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has been a columnist for Infoworld and a technical editor of Computer Language magazine.
* Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat.
We're not going to lie: this is a pretty sweet line up (seriously, writer and associate producer of The Simpsons!?). If you're in the Boston area, and you're remotely interested in open source or Linux, this won't be something to miss.
Early bird registration goes until May 24, after which ticket prices go up from US$ 995 to US$ 1,195, so if you want to go, head over to Red Hat and register now.