Hi Matt and fellow ambassadors,
I highly recommend that others volunteer to represent Fedora/CentOS at USENIX on Oct 28-30. It is a great show with a highly academic crowd who prefers community supported GNU/Linux distributions. It is a great place to recruit contributors and to build the community. Far from all of the content is gratis as an exhibitor but the conversations are of high quality.
I went to LISA two years ago but I cannot personally make it this year. I went back to school so all of my cycles for free software advocacy have been with the Ohio LinuxFest which takes place on November 1 and 2 in Columbus Ohio. Ben Cotton is leading a Birds of a Feather at OLF and I am sure that we would appreciate the support. And, you'll certainly see me there. Almost all of the content is gratis as a general attendee and the conversations are high quality.
Beth Lynn Eicher