Og­gcamp 2018

Two days of FOSS, fun and rem­i­nisc­ing.

Linux Format - - LUGS! -

The other day I was in Sh­effield which for 2018 was home to Og­gcamp. Now in its ninth year, this event still draws those in­ter­ested in free cul­ture and open source tech­nolo­gies from across Europe. Og­gcamp 2018 took place at Sh­effield’s Hal­lam Univer­sity over two days, and as well as two tracks of un­con­fer­ence talks, there was a con­fer­ence track with no­table speak­ers from emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies.

For the chil­dren, there was a CoderDojo, hosted by Ben Nut­tall, the Rasp­berry Pi Foun­da­tion’s com­mu­nity man­ager. Over the two days there were many great talks, I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed a talk on res­ur­rect­ing O2’s “Jog­gler” project (a 2009 In­tel Atom-based “photo frame”-styled com­puter) us­ing a cus­tomised ver­sion of Ubuntu.

At the end of day one is a live record­ing of a spe­cial Linux pod­cast with the hosts of The Love Bug, Late Night Linux, Linux Out­laws and Ubuntu Pod­cast join­ing forces to talk about hot top­ics in the com­mu­nity. At the end of day two is the fa­mous raf­fle, which typ­i­cally in­volves a mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing team run­ning up and down the lec­ture theatre stairs. As an ex-or­gan­iser of Og­gcamp I love to spend time with the com­mu­nity, who have be­come my friends over the years. I re­mem­ber go­ing to the first Og­gcamp back in 2009 and be­ing sat next to Philip Newborough, who had cre­ated Crunch­bang Linux, an Open­box De­bian based dis­tro. Philip and his wife Becky have now be­come great friends and pil­lars of the Og­gcamp com­mu­nity thanks to their hard work over the years.

Og­gcamp 2018 was a great suc­cess and the team did a fan­tas­tic job. I also know that the team are al­ready work­ing on 2019 which will be the 10th an­niver­sary of Og­gcamp, and hope­fully see a few old faces re­turn for a week­end of open cul­ture, open source fun.

Og­gcamp in­cluded a se­ries of con­fer­ence talks, in­clud­ing run­ning a main­frame on a Rasp­berry Pi Zero.

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