Next week in Charlotte, North Carolina, SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) will return to the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel for three days of collaboration and discussion about open source and the people who build it. A small collective from the Rocky Linux project, myself included, will be descending upon SELF to represent Rocky–and most importantly, eat some great barbeque.

The event will be streamed online, so be sure to check out the schedule on the SouthEast LinuxFest website to see the great variety of presentations that will be given. If you’re in the area, registration is completely free!

If you can’t attend in person, use code yum-install-free-self2023-remote at checkout with a “ring2 - Remote Attendee” ticket to receive a $5 discount on the registration fee. Be sure to thank Rocky Linux for sponsoring SELF2023!

Speakers will present on topics ranging from “Optimizing Linux for Gaming” and “DIY Network Attached Storage” to “A Geek’s Guide to the Russo-Ukraine War” to Mykel Alvis' keynote about DevOps, which I’m personally looking forward to.

On Friday at 4pm Charlotte time, I’ll be presenting an update on Peridot–the Rocky Linux build system–and discussing our roadmap for the future of automating Rocky Linux from import to delivery right to our users, all in a secure, reliable, and transparent way.

In addition to all these amazing presentations, popular events make a return: a free HAM Radio exam on Saturday, with a cram/study session the night before and the GPG key signing party. The hallway track is always my favorite part of conferences, and SELF is no exception, with a Lock Picking Village and 24x7 LAN party.
The folks at RESF will be staffing a booth at the event with stickers, swag, and maybe some limited edition stuff, too. We’d love to meet you, so please stop by and say hi!

Neil Hanlon
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