What WordCamp Could Learn from Waffle House
Well, tickets went on sale for WordCamp Atlanta 2015 and sold out in about three hours, which was an hour less than last year. If you didn't get your ticket, tough luck. There's all kinds of explanation on the website about why it isn't any bigger due to venue limitations, cost, etc. I think WordCamp needs to learn a lesson from Waffle House. If there's more demand than a Waffle House can accomodate, instead of building a bigger Waffle House, they build another on the other side of the road. The Waffle House is a well-oiled machine for their floor footprint, storage, staffing, etc. So instead of re-engineering a larger one, they just build more. I think WordCamp should go to both a Spring and a Fall WordCamp in Atlanta to satisfy the demand. Or maybe three per year, if that goes well. Instead of going big, which they don't want to do, they should go broad. What say ye?
TL;DR: If you can't build bigger, build more.
Atlanta Unix Users' Group Declares Victory and Goes Home
March 2nd marks the 30th anniversary of the Atlanta Unix Users' Group. At the meeting we'll reflect back on 30 years on the rise and fall of the UNIX operating system. We'll then declare victory, go home and disband. Why? Nobody uses Unix any more. There are only 3 UNIX vendors left: HP with their HP-UX on Itanium which is focused on high-availability. Then there's Solaris which is now under the Oracle umbrella. There's a single slide from a slideshow circulating on the Internet that says Solaris 12 is supposed to ship in 2016 and be supported until at least 2019, under three new generations of SPARC. But I can't even get anybody at Oracle to return my calls about it. Then there's IBM's AIX, and they're transitioning over to Linux. So it looks like the UNIX market has just about all gone Linux. There's already a Linux group in town, so we'll be packing it in. So long and thanks for all the fsck.
Symfony Bootcamp Coming to Atlanta
From Chris Spruck in today's mailbag:
1. We have it posted to our site, so people can start signing up now. All they need to do is reach out to us and we'll send them an invoice to confirm their spot. Here's the URL to where it is posted: http://knplabs.com/en/services/trainings/symfony2
2. Dates are set for: March 30th - April 1st.
3. Location for the training is still pending.
Sugar CRM Group Re-Lanuch
The local Sugar CRM community has had an on-again, off-again series of meetups over the years. Looks like it's on agian. See their Meetup Page. I have mixed feelings about Sugar's Open Source commitment, but here's hoping they get things going again.
Sponsored by the Atlanta Java Users' Group, DevNexus is coming to town, March 10-12. Though not strictly an Open Source meeting, most of the tools and talks are infused with Open Source. Tickets are reasonable and full-day tutorials happening before the actual conference.