News and highlights from the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon.
By Max Hetrick
The tenth O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) kicked off on Monday, July 21, in Portland, Oregon, at the Oregon Convention Center. The first two days of the convention offered four-hour tutorial sessions in the morning and afternoon for attendees wishing to pay extra costs, aside from the normal exposition ticket, to attend the tutorials. Those sessions included everything as light-hearted as learning to use the GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) and toying with the Neuros DVR set-top box, to more advanced topics like mastering the Perl programming language and learning TCP/IP troubleshooting tips and techniques. With OSCON offering over 30 tutorials in those first two days, it was difficult to choose only four sessions.