SCaLE 20X Retrospective
Folks from all over the open source world descended upon Pasadena, California for a weekend full of talks, workshops and fellowship. The 20th anniversary of the preeminent Linux expo boasted an impressive lineup of presenters from computing legend and UNIX co-creator Ken Thompson to Arun Gupta, vice president and general manager of Open Ecosystem Initiatives at Intel Corporation. Between the workshops and presentations, conference goers could explore the exhibition hall and its numerous booths adorned with an equal amount of conversation and enticing swag.
In booth #318, conference goers were greeted by the unmistakable bright orange of Ubuntu. The trademark ‘Circle of Friends’ banner was flanked by multiple devices running various versions and builds of Ubuntu: 22.04 LTS, 22.10, 23.04 Daily and even Ubuntu Touch were all proudly represented. Interested participants were encouraged to take the machines for a test drive, ask questions, tell us their Ubuntu story and gather some official Ubuntu swag for their collection.
A little something for everyone
The Ubuntu booth was made possible by the incredible volunteers who spent countless hours preparing the table, chatting with conference attendees and advocating for our community. At any point during the multi-day conference, you were likely to spot the following individuals:
Nathan Haines - Community Council Member and Linux author
Aaron Prisk (Myself) - Community Engineer at Canonical
Simon Quigley - Ubuntu Member and Core Dev
Riley Quigley - Student and Swag Aficionado
George Mulak - Long time Linux user and Ubuntu advocate
Monica Ayhens-Madon - Community Council Member and Ubuntu advocate
Richard Gaskin - Software Developer and Ubuntu advocate
Getting ready for the doors to open
monica@scale:~$ sudo apt-get install coffee
While exchanging stickers and pins is always good fun, the real value in a community conference is the human connections that are forged. The Ubuntu booth was home to scores of incredible conversations. We spoke with students looking to sharpen their Linux skills or dive into Ubuntu for the first time. Developers and engineers were thrilled to learn about Multipass, Microk8s and Ubuntu Pro. The Lunar Lobster workstation attracted a flock of curious users who were excited to get a sneak peek at the next iteration of Ubuntu.
The engagement didn’t stop at the edge of our booth, amazing conversations and discoveries were easy to find all over the convention center. The lads from the Lutris booth were showcasing an Ubuntu powered Nintendo Switch appropriately dubbed Switchbuntu. The fine folks over at the Meta station gave us a quick tour of their incredible ML platform running on Kubuntu.
A PyTorch demo running on Kubuntu 22.04 at the Meta Booth
In the evenings, there was cheerful comradery among fellow community members (often with food and drink involved).
Orange meets Green - An Ubuntu and OpenSUSE dinner
SCaLE perfectly represents what makes the Linux and open source community so unique. You have students, hobbyists, programmers, engineers, managers, sales representatives and executives all coming together to learn, share their knowledge and create lasting relationships. The folks behind SCaLE have managed to grow the conference from a small hotel room event to a stadium sized venue all while keeping that personal, tight knit feeling alive.
You can expect Ubuntu to be at next years SCaLE Expo – Just look for the bright orange booth!