Penguicon 3.0 – Saturday

Man am I tried.

The ars linux guys sure can talk about stuff until late. In fact, there were so many presentations I’m going to have to stop, and think back to who went first.

I think it was Sean “Harshy” who stepped up first and gave a talk about the status of Coaster and development woes. It was very interesting to hear the developer point of view of getting a new open source project off the ground. Coaster is a gnome cd burning application that uses nautilus-cd-burn. NCB on the other hand uses cdrecord. Being built on those two layers, and both of them having their share of bugs seemed to be a big challenge for Coaster. The libburn project looked promising, but no work has proceeded on it for years.

Next was Rick “TheRock” Lull doing a cool presentation of some network tools. Nagios, NMIS and Cacti. This was an excellent description and demonstration of these tools. Cacti looks like a great MRTG on steroids. NMIS looks like clutter, but if you can get passed the cluttered interface, it looks useful. I’ve used Nagios for years, so its difficult for me to relay it in simple words. It is not difficult to configure Nagios, but it does have a steep learning curve. Once you have figured out which text configuration files to edit, things become simple.

Finally, Tatsuya “tm” Murase gave a fundaments of security talk. It wasn’t anything technical, but instead emphasized a different way to thinking about security. It was really a long list of best practices of thought. Highly relevant information for those new and serious in security.

Then greenfly played three teh_scene videos. OMG ROFL! Very funny stuff.

I was looking forward to showing off my implementation of autocomplete html input text elements, but there was no time or interest or whatever for more presentations. I think folks decided to quietly kick ban me after I started trolling peoples presentations mentioning that Mandrake does some things. I was pretty tired by this time, so I headed home in the snow!!! SNOW!!! Penguicon brought the snow!

Rewind the day 12 hrs, and I would have been just ariving at BW3s to watch the Pistons smoke the Sixers with schweeb, biokatt, syndicate, metalikop and Loraine. We ate wings, drank beer and a few of us even ate desert. I didn’t think BW3s would have a very good desert, but that chocolate fudge cake thing was awesome.

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