Ever since I attended my first OSCON in 2005 I have wanted to go back every year because as a believer in Open Source technologies, OSCON is really a place where the “box” doesn’t exist…where you’ll never hear the words “we can’t do that” because Open Source is all about what CAN be done when you don’t have the restrictions of proprietary software.
This is STRICTLY my opinion, and I reserve the right to be wrong, but I suspect the biggest draws for topics this year will be:
Cloud Computing…this one is easy. You can’t go to a single tech site and not see some article about Cloud, and certainly Mobile Platforms. Open Hardware…it was a big deal with Facebook announced it, but once people realized what they would really need to have data center wise (a major consideration given to power, etc.) it quickly went into the “that’s nice…call me when it is more mature and ready for the masses” category. Finally…the events. One of the best things about OSCON and ANY trade show for that matter, are the events put on by the vendors. Free food and libations aside, this is a great opportunity for the community to interact directly with the vendors in a fun, relax atmosphere. I can’t tell you the contacts that were made the developed into friendships at these events. I won’t be at any of these, but I will be following the event on Twitter.