larrybsdguyLarry the BSD Guy, also known as the Free Software Guy,  is hanging up the jersey to pursue another of his own writing interests. Read his final column from Fossforce, this one featuring LinuxFest NorthWest, an annual open-source trade show held in Bellingham, Washington. Thank you for your contributions to the free and open source community, and we wish you the best in future endeavors.

Larry the BSD Guy

It’s a sad day at the FOSS Force office. Larry Cafiero says goodbye and walks off into the sunset.

This weekend, the Grand Old Man (or Woman — take your pick) of Linux expos in North America takes place in the upper left corner of the United States.

For over a decade and a half, LinuxFest Northwest has flown the flag literally in Microsoft’s backyard, an annual open source event held the last weekend in April in Bellingham, Wash. LFNW features presentations and exhibits on various free and open source topics, as well as Linux distributions and applications. It usually has something for everyone from the novice to the professional.

It has a special place in my heart as well. While I think that SCALE is the best show on the continent for obvious reasons (the SCALE Publicity Team is solely responsible, he says in jest), LFNW is my favorite show to attend, not only because of the history but because of the community vibe the show gives off at an expo that has refused to give in to the creeping corporatism to which other shows have succumbed ….

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