Register for SeaGL 2016
November 11th and 12th, 2016

Allison Randal and Corey Quinn to Keynote SeaGL 2016!
July 26, 2016

We are very pleased to announce our 2016 Seattle GNU/Linux conference keynotes: Allison Randal, President of the Open Source Initiative and board member at the Perl Foundation, and Corey Quinn, Director of DevOps at a fintech company and longtime open source contributor.

Allison is also a software developer and open source strategist and a co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders. She previously served as president of the Perl Foundation, chief architect of the Parrot virtual machine and chairman of the Board at the Parrot Foundation, board member at the Python Software Foundation, Open Source Evangelist and OSCON Conference Chair at O’Reilly Media, and Technical Architect of Ubuntu and Open Source Advisor at Canonical. She collaborates in the Debian, Python, and OpenStack projects, and currently works on open source strategy at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She’s also been doing a lot of thinking about the future of open source, so we are really excited to hear from her at SeaGL this year!

Corey has a long and storied history as a consultant – long, in that every year he did it felt like three years, and storied, in that he’s got a few. Prior to his current role, he spent most of the past few years at a Bay Area consulting firm, where he served as a systems architect, ad-hoc recruiter, advocate for driving transformational change throughout organizations, and (due to a misunderstanding around what a “standup meeting” really was) an improvisational comic. One of the early developers behind Saltstack, Corey also has a rich history of contributing to various open source projects. Corey is a seasoned speaker with opinions about nearly all things DevOps He isn’t afraid to express these opinions in public, and we expect nothing less from his inaugural keynote at SeaGL.

Both of our keynotes are previous, very much appreciated, regular session SeaGL speakers. If you were wondering, “How would I get to keynote SeaGL someday?” then a fantastic place to start is by submitting a talk to our call for presentations this year!

Nominations are Open for the Cascadia Community Builder Award
July 15, 2016

Nominations are open until August 16th for the second Cascadia Community Builder Award!

This is an award for a local person who has made an outstanding contribution to the free software movement. We will consider the following criteria:

  • Someone whose free software work is based in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia or Idaho
  • Someone who has applied deep commitment and creativity to growing and broadening the free software community.
  • We recognize work in software projects, non-profit organizations, outreach and education, hacker-spaces and/or user groups
  • We are also open to any other activity that promotes the adoption and appreciation of free software to more people
  • The committee is very interested in individuals who have successfully reached out to traditionally under-represented groups

To nominate someone, please send us an email with the nominee’s name in the subject line. Great nominations will include what project(s) the nominee is primarily associated with, how long they’ve been active, and links to any posts or stories about their impact on the growth and reach of the free software movement. The more information you can provide, the better. Thanks in advance for helping us honor a great community builder!

If you want to speak with us in real-time, come visit us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, either by emailing or visting us on IRC on Freenode in #seagl.

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The 2016 Seattle GNU/Linux Conference is scheduled for November 11th and 12th at Seattle Central College (Maps).

SeaGL is a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community and free/libre/open-source software/hardware. Our goal for SeaGL is to produce an event which is as enjoyable and informative for those who spend their days maintaining hundreds of servers as it is for a student who has only just started exploring technology options. SeaGL's first year was 2013. The SeaGL web site is built with Jekyll and we use OSEM for event management.

The cost of attendance is free.

Attendee Registration will not require the use of non-free software.

You may attend SeaGL without identifying yourself, and you are encouraged to do so to protect your privacy.


We will have a small hall available for exhibitors. Free tables will be available for free/libre/open-source software/hardware and non-profit organizations, and there are several sponsorship levels for everyone else. If your organization would like an exhibit table at SeaGL, please send an email to for our vendor prospectus.

Exhibitor space is limited, please contact us right away if you are interested in a table.


We can't do what we need to do without the support of the community. If you would like to offer financial support but don't need an exhibit table, please send an email to

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