TXLF 2016 Recap

The annual Texas LinuxFest was held at the Austin Convention Center on July 8 and 9. Dru Lavigne and Kris Moore of iXsystems were in attendance and helped staff the FreeBSD booth in the expo area. This year, there were over 450 attendees and 4 presentation tracks over the course of two days.

The first day of the conference was pretty busy but traffic dropped off a bit on Saturday. Many people stopped by the FreeBSD booth to thank Kris for BSDNow.tv and to discuss their favorite episodes with him. Kris was happy to meet so many fans and signed several T-shirts. Thanks to BSD Now, many attendees were familiar with (and using) FreeNAS and were excited about the new features in the upcoming TrueOS 11 and Lumina 1.0. There was still a good percentage of attendees who had never heard of the software and Kris and Dru wasted no time in getting them up to speed.

As usual, we gave out lots of cool swag including FreeBSD stickers, pens, and FreeNAS and PC-BSD installation discs. We also raised $145 for the FreeBSD Foundation.

Dru Lavigne gave a presentation on using Sphinx in a documentation toolchain to over 30 conference attendees. The slides for her presentation are available at http://www.slideshare.net/dlavigne/tlf2016.

Despite the Texas heat, a good time was had by all! Overall, it was a great conference and we are already looking forward to next year’s Texas LinuxFest.

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