Southern California Linux Expo
The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) is an annual Linux, open source and free software conference held in Los Angeles, California, since 2002. Despite having Linux in its name, SCALE covers all open source operating systems and software. It is a volunteer-run event.
The event features an expo floor with both commercial and non-profit exhibitors, as well as 3 days of seminars on the topic of Linux and Open Source software. Sessions and presentations cover a broad spectrum of topics and technical levels.
SCALE grew out of a series of LUGFests put on by the Simi Conejo Linux Users Group in the late 90s. There were four of them, held every 6 months at the Nortel development facility in Simi Valley, California. They ended when Nortel closed that facility in 2001. Subsequently, members from SCLUG, USCLUG and UCLALUG organized to create a more regional event, which they named the Southern California Linux Expo.
Companies, organizations and projects represented at SCALE include Linux-based projects such as Debian, Gentoo Linux, the Fedora Project, KDE and GNOME, other open-source operating systems including NetBSD and FreeBSD, software projects such as Django, open-source database systems such as MySQL and PostgreSQL, other open-source applications such as Drupal, Inkscape, MythTV and the The Document Foundation, activist organizations such as the Software Freedom Law Center and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, major technology companies such as IBM, HP and Sharp, web companies including Google, Facebook and eHarmony, and internet projects including CAcert.org and OpenStreetMap.
Locations and dates
|SCALE 1x||2002||December 2||University of Southern California Davidson Conference Center|
|SCALE 2x||2003||November 22||Los Angeles Convention Center|
|SCALE 3x||2005||February 12–13||Los Angeles Convention Center|
|SCALE 4x||2006||February 10–12||Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Airport|
|SCALE 5x||2007||February 9–11||Westin Los Angeles Airport|
|SCALE 6x||2008||February 8–10||Westin Los Angeles Airport|
|SCALE 7x||2009||February 20–22||Westin Los Angeles Airport|
|SCALE 8x||2010||February 19–21||Westin Los Angeles Airport|
|SCALE 9x||2011||February 25–27||Hilton Los Angeles Airport|
|SCALE 10x||2012||January 20–22||Hilton Los Angeles Airport|
|SCALE 11x||2013||February 22–24||Hilton Los Angeles Airport|
- Southern California Linux Expo - Official Website
- Interview: Organizing SCALE with Free Software
- Interview with SCALE organizers
- ZDNet: Bringing the FOSS tribe together: The future of community shows
- Gaining Ground and Growing: SCALE 9x
- SCALE 9X Across the Snowy Horizon