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About

SeaGL (the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference) is a free—as in freedom and tea—grassroots technical summit dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge about free / libre / open source software, hardware, and culture.

SeaGL strives to be welcoming, enjoyable, and informative for professional technologists, newcomers, enthusiasts, and all other users of free software, regardless of their background knowledge; providing a space to bridge these experiences and strengthen the free software movement through mentorship, collaboration, and community.

SeaGL’s first year was 2013.

When & where

November 5th & 6th, 2021, online

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SeaGL is free to attend, and you do not need to register—just show up!

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

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Thank you for a great 2021!
November 19, 2021

Well, SeaGL 2021 happened and hopefully we’re all on cloud nine. Our second virtual SeaGL was a flying success! It was great to connect folks from around the world, sharing our love of free software and free culture together. And of course, all of the surrounding social events were delightful and insightful as well.

There are just so many people we want to thank! The keynotes from Marie Nordin, Christine Lemmer-Webber, Dr. Morgan Lemmer-Webber, Elana Hashman, and Cory Doctorow were awesome. And truly, all of the presentations were fantastic. Join us in a big thank you to all of our speakers for sharing their time with the community. Ahem, and if you happen to be a speaker, please be sure to check your email for information about this year’s speaker gifts!

SeaGL couldn’t happen without our many wonderful volunteers giving countless hours to the effort. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who helped speakers, built our attendee platform, designed our social media images, advised the career expo, and all of the other tasks, major and minor, that went on for months and minutes behind the scenes. SeaGL is first and foremost a grassroots conference, and our volunteers are what keeps it that way. If you want to be a part of SeaGL 2022, it’s never too early to think about volunteering!

Last, but certainly not least, even a volunteer-run conference has expenses. We would of course like to thank the SeaGL 2021 sponsors. In particular, thanks goes to our platinum sponsors—Amazon Web Services and JMP.chat—as well as our gold sponsors—C-SATS, Google, Schedules Direct, and the Ubuntu Community Fund. Thanks also to our silver and bronze sponsors, our media sponsors, and the many other organizations and projects that helped make SeaGL 2021 a resounding success.

We can’t wait for you to join us November 4–5, 2022 for the tenth year of SeaGL!


SeaGL 2021: DAY 2!
November 06, 2021

Welcome to the second and final day of SeaGL 2021! Please find the full SeaGL 2021 program, and you can read on for just today’s schedule, for Saturday, November 6, 2021. As a reminder, SeaGL 2021 is completely virtual for the second year in a row. The conference is also completely “free as in tea” with no registration required. Everyone is welcome to attend!

You can attend if you go to attend.seagl.org. Live streams are also available at seagl.org/watch.

Normal talk blocks are 30m. There are 20m for the talk, and 10m for optional Q&A as led by the Room Moderator. The Moderator will read questions from the text chat audience for the speaker to answer. There are 5 minute spaces between talks, which means that the talk blocks are listed as 45 minutes long. There is no Q&A during Keynotes.

As a reminder, our Code of Conduct applies during ALL SeaGL interactions. In chat, during one’s talk if you are giving one, social events during SeaGL, and on other platforms during or as a result of the conference.

All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time, which is UTC -07:00. (note: the US time change happens the evening AFTER the conclusion of the conference on Saturday)

  • 9:15am Morning Announcements and Costume Contest
  • 9:30am Keynote by Christine Lemmer-Webber and Dr. Morgan Lemmer-Webber

10am-10:30am block

  • Dawn E. Collett - Free Security for Open-Source Projects
  • David M. Stokes - Understanding the MySQL Authentication Process
  • Shauna Gordon-McKeon - Know Your Rights as a Tech Worker

10:45am-11:15am block

  • François Caen - Building cloud networks: Terraform or Ansible?
  • Tobie Langel - Does Open Source need its own Priority of Constituencies?
  • Aeva Black - Walking the Cultural Tightrope

11:30-12pm block

  • Dmitrii - Sounds of Open Source Archaeology: Processing Sound with Sox
  • Aeva Black - Computing Confidentially in the Clouds

1:15pm-1:45pm block

  • Brian Callahan - Stories from Reviving and Extending a University’s Information Security Program
  • Josh Berkus - Open Source Governance: Six Types and Three Models
  • Thierry Bultel - Cross debugging on Linux : A history, current state of the art and coming improvements

2pm-2:30 block

  • Vagrant Cascadian - Debugging Reproducible Builds One Day at a Time
  • Jim Hall - Open Source Business Practices
  • Richard Littauer - Birds by Starlight: Tracking Nocturnal Flight Calls Using Open Source Software

2:45pm-3:15pm break block

  • Winner announced from this morning’s Costume Contest!
  • Saturday TeaGL!

3:30pm-4pm block

  • Katie McLaughlin - Expressive Security
  • Stephen Michel - Technically Biased: Taking Free Software’s Niche Appeal Mainstream
  • Ben Cotton - Your Bug Tracker and You

4:30pm-4:50pm Closing Keynote block

  • Cory Doctorow - Seize the Means of Computation!

5:30pm-6:30pm party block

  • Make Tea Sandwiches with Molly and Sri!

6:30pm-8pm party block

  • Trivia Contest with Remy and Elana for fun and prizes!

SeaGL 2021: DAY 1!
November 05, 2021

Welcome to the first day of SeaGL 2021! Please find the full SeaGL 2021 program, and you can read on for just today’s schedule, for Friday, November 5, 2021. As a reminder, SeaGL 2021 is completely virtual for the second year in a row. The conference is also completely “free as in tea” with no registration required. Everyone is welcome to attend!

You can attend if you go to attend.seagl.org. Live streams are also available at seagl.org/watch.

As a reminder, our Code of Conduct applies during ALL SeaGL interactions. In chat, during one’s talk if you are giving one, social events during SeaGL, and on other platforms during or as a result of the conference.

Normal talk blocks are 30m. There are 20m for the talk, and 10m for optional Q&A as led by the Room Moderator. The Moderator will read questions from the text chat audience for the speaker to answer. There are 15 minute periods between talks (except for between sessions 1 and 2 and the Lighting Talk block this morning only, where there are only 10m), which means that the talk blocks are listed as 45 minutes long. There is no Q&A during Keynotes.

All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time, which is UTC -07:00. (note: the US time change happens the evening AFTER the conclusion of the conference on Saturday)

  • 9:00am Opening announcements and welcome by Wm Salt Hale
  • 9:10am Keynote by Elana Hashman
  • 9:35am Keynote by Marie Nordin

10:10am-10:40am block

  • Aaron Wolf, Athan Spathas, Wm Salt Hale - FLOSS daily - but FLO all the time
  • Deb Nicholson - Responding Thoughtfully to a Crisis
  • Bri Hatch - SSH from your DevOps CI/CD securely

10:50am-11:20am block

  • Mark Wong - PostgreSQL Participation in Google’s Summer of Code
  • der.hans - Intro to jq: grep for JSON
  • M. de Blanc - Predictive Modeling and Privacy

11:30-12pm Lightning Block!

  • Athan Spathas - GLass Beatstation Updates
  • Aaron Wolf - Preach Only What You Practice
  • Kaylea Champion - TIL… 10+ Findings from 2021 Global FLOSS Research in Five Minutes

1:15pm-1:45pm block

  • David M Stokes - JSON Document Validation in MySQL 8.0
  • Ski - Lessons Learned from a Ransomware Attack
  • der.hans - Introduction to Nextcloud

2pm-2:30 block

  • Dawn E. Collett - The Stories We Don’t Tell
  • Elior Sterling - Developing on Nextcloud

2:45pm-3:15pm break block

  • Friday Booth Crawl!

3:30pm-4pm block

  • Bri Hatch - Good Shell Patterns
  • Shauna Gordon-McKeon - Software Tools for Collective Self-Governance
  • Georg Link - Building and Supporting Open Source Communities Through Metrics

4:30pm-5:30pm party block

  • Devops Party Games!

5:45pm-7:15pm party block

  • Cocktails and Mocktails with Mako!

Digital SeaGL stickers available!
November 03, 2021

Edited 4 Nov 2021 to add Matrix instructions

Have you always wanted to channel your inner Patch the SeaGL seagull but you didn’t know how? We have good news for you: you can now add Patch sticker sets to popular messaging applications! Click the links below to add them to your app of choice.

These digital stickers allow you to express yourself the way Patch would in a variety of situations, including their two favorite activities: eating fries and drinking tea! Best of all, they’re available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license, which means you can remix to your heart’s content. Please credit alexlexi on Fiverr when providing attribution.

We’ll add more stickers to the pack in the future, so let us know what should be in the next round. In the meantime, enjoy letting your inner seagull fly!

Matrix instructions

To enable SeaGL stickers in Matrix, follow the instructions below. Note that these instrutions are for the Element web client. If you’re using another client, the steps may not be the same.

  1. Go to any room that you can access
  2. Click the name of the room at the top to open the room settings
  3. Select the Advanced tab and click the Open Devtools button
  4. Click the Send Account Data button
  5. In the Event Type field, type m.widgets
  6. In the Event Content field, enter the content below. Be sure to replace “@you:matrix.server.name” with your account and server. For example: “@patch:seagl.example.org”
  7. Click the Send button
  8. Click the “X” in the upper-right to close Devtools and then again to close the room settings
  9. Send a sticker in any room with the Show Stickers icon!

Event content information:

{
    "stickerpicker": {
        "content": {
            "type": "m.stickerpicker",
            "url": "https://seagl.org/stickerpicker/web/?theme=$theme",
            "name": "Stickerpicker",
            "data": {}
        },
        "sender": "@you:matrix.server.name",
        "state_key": "stickerpicker",
        "type": "m.widget",
        "id": "stickerpicker"
    }
}

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Chat

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Email

participate@seagl.org | press@seagl.org
or join the announcement mailing list.

Exhibitors

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 sponsor@seagl.org for our vendor prospectus.

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

Sponsorship

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 sponsor@seagl.org.