To promote cross-pollination and provide space for in-depth
discussion, we’ve split the tracks into the following areas:


Building open source businesses that thrive.
Share what you know about building and growing a business in the FOSS world. From choosing a software license, to open source-friendly business plans, to making the sales pitch and connecting with customers, open source businesses have their own sets of concerns. Example topics from the past include “Bootstrapping Your Open Source Business” and “Work for the Government for Fun and Profit.”


Understanding how our systems work, in order to improve and extend.
Explore how our technology works on the lowest levels, and what that can teach us about optimal use. Tell us your analysis and profiling techniques, how implementation affects function, and what a kernel is made of. Example topics from the past include “PHP – Architecting and Profiling for performance” and “The Linux Kernel Development model.”


Useful recipes for software development, systems administration, and working with open source.
From the beginner to the advanced level, we’re looking for tips, tutorials, best practices, and collaborative development sessions. Share what you know about your favorite tools, programming languages, and development techniques. Example topics from the past include “Command-Line Kung Fu” and “‘M’ is for Manual: Creating Documentation for your Project.”


Exploring how open source extends through technology into our communities.
Open source ideas affect things beyond our software, from group organization to creative projects to how we share knowledge. Organizations from the personal to the governmental are influenced by this movement. Even inside open source, we wonder what it can teach us about our groups’ structures, and inclusiveness versus exclusivity. Tell us how open source can inform the entire world and promote transparency in all aspects of life. Example topics from the past include “Building Open Source Communities in Higher Education” and “Organizing a Volunteer-Driven Open Source Community Project.”


Tinkering, experimenting and bending the rules to make hardware and software do what we want.
Hacks are clever. They break the rules. They force the available material into doing what you need or want. Some hacks are illegal, and some just make you proud and embarrassed that it worked. Sometimes a hack is the only way. Show the world how you make your hardware and software obey your every whim. Example topics from the past include “Building an embedded Linux system monitoring device” and “Your Shell History In The Cloud.”

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