This will be the 10th annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) that's taking place in Los Angeles, California and is all about open-source and Linux. This year's weekend event will range from talks about Python to MySQL, Git, Qt, and and even a Tux Paint demo. Keynotes include Greg DeKoenigsberg at Eucalyptus Systems (previously at Red Hat and known within the Fedora community) talking about "Amazon and the Future of the Open Cloud" and Selena Deckelmann talking about mistakes and downtime.
Hosted on Friday prior to the official event will also be a MySQL Day, Build A Cloud Day, Fedora Activity Day, and UbuCon (Ubuntu). Additional information about SCALE 10x can be found out from their event web-site.
In previous years at the Southern California Linux Expo, Matthew Tippett and I have talked about making more informed hardware choices with the launch of OpenBenchmarking.org and the five stages of benchmark loss. There won't be any Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org presentations this year (Phoronix Test Suite 4.0 / OpenBenchmarking.org 2.0 is coming up later in the year, so maybe at a later event...). However, I will still be going out to SCALE 10x. The event is fine for an American Linux event (LinuxTag in Berlin and FOSDEM in Brussels are my most favorite events world-wide), but this Los Angeles event itself is still great, there's some fine surfing in the area, and southern California weather is nice in January/February.
For any Phoronix readers (or Phoronix Test Suite users or potential customers) wishing to meet up during the event between Friday and Sunday, contact me via Twitter or michaellarabel.com. You can also try just playing spot the lederhosens at the event.
If anything really interesting comes up at SCALE 10x, it will be covered on Phoronix. I'll share any other interesting bits on Twitter.