What you'll learn at FOSSCON, the Free and Open Source Software Conference - Technical.ly Philly

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Aug. 14, 2015 9:38 am

What you’ll learn at FOSSCON, the Free and Open Source Software Conference

Organizer Jonathan Simpson explains why the free conference is worth attending — even if you've never written a line of code in your life.
At FOSSCON 2014.

At FOSSCON 2014.

(Courtesy photo)

The free and open-source software movement has spent decades sharing information and knowledge through various communities, providing outlets for all levels of users to have more control over their own environments, learn from each other, and make things better for the general public. The idea behind being a free and open source enthusiast is sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas and encouraging common growth.

Join the movement at the Free and Open Source Software Conference (FOSSCON) on Aug. 22 in Center City. (Full disclosure: Technical.ly cofounder Christopher Wink is the keynote speaker.)

Register (free)

FOSSCON’s goal is to provide an outlet for all level users to gain more understanding on topics which they may want to get involved with. Starting from beginning level users, to some of the most experienced, we have speakers ready and willing to share their knowledge on a myriad of different topics.

Some of the things you may learn, if you choose to attend, could be beneficial for your future:

  • You don’t need to run Linux to use open source. Lots of open-source software can run on Windows or Mac. Our crew in the exhibit hall will be happy to help you learn what developed projects will fit perfectly with your needs.
  • You don’t need to know a thing about Linux to try it out. This year’s FOSSCON has a well staffed installfest, that can help you get started.
  • You don’t have to be a developer to contribute to open source. Many people volunteer for things, such as FOSSCON who choose to speak, are not developers, and have never written a line of code in their life. All it takes is knowing how to do something and being willing to show others. Many contribute artwork, work on software documentation and translation, or report issues with software.

The thing that makes FOSSCON stand apart from the various other open source conferences across the world is that it is absolutely free.

No one will be turned away and free tickets are provided to attendees every year. There are options to become an individual sponsor if you feel the desire to support the cause, but the goal of the event is educate any and all who are willing to learn. That should never cost you a dime.


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