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April 13 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
April 14 - 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
April 15 - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

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Tuesday, April 13
SESSION TIME TITLE Session Information
T1 9:00 am-12:00 pm LINUX FOR DUMMIES Abstract: This tutorial will provide a thorough survey of Linux fundamentals, beginning with what makes Linux and why it is special and continuing with how to select a distribution that suits your needs and budget. Finally, a tour of the filesystem, applications, installations, plus more dispelling the myth "that there is not enough software for Linux users". The tutorial will have a slight focus on Red Hat Linux, discussion and coverage of other distributions will be included. You will come away with a stronger grounding in this exciting operating system, and the many applications that commonly come with it. Bring your questions and a sense of curiosity. If you have Linux on a laptop bring it along and try what you are learning. Bonus! Attend this tutorial and get the chance to win one of Dee Ann LeBlanc's books.
Speaker(s): Dee-Ann LeBlanc -
T5 1:15 pm-4:15 pm MIGRATION TO THE LINUX DESKTOP: A PRACTICAL GUIDE Abstract: Desktop Linux is going mainstream. Many governments, non-profit organizations and businesses are migrating to Linux; should your organization be doing the same? Using recent implementations and case studies, Marcel Gagné, author of "Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!", will provide a practical guide to deploying the Linux business desktop by looking at the strategies and tools behind successful migrations, including the exciting and cost-effective world of thin clients. He will cover the challenges of saying goodbye to Microsoft from a technical standpoint and, more importantly, a human and "cultural" perspective. Learn about the benefits and the costs; discover how with the right administrative tools, software and information you can make the transition with confidence and reap the benefits of moving to Linux. Bonus! Attend this tutorial and get the chance to win one of Marcel Gagne's books
Speaker(s): Marcel Gagne -
Wednesday, April 14
SESSION TIME TITLE Session Information
202 8:30 am-9:30 am MANAGING CORPORATE LINUX DESKTOPS Abstract: Managing corporate linux desktops with Ximian Desktops 2 and Red Carpet Enterprise will be the focus of this seminar. Participants will learn the ease of use of the XD2 desktop environment when installed on popular Linux distributions, and how to ease the transition from Windows environments to Linux. Including, how to manage applications and patches with Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise, a secure, customizable solution that automates the central management of software on workstations and servers running a variety of Linux distributions.
Speaker(s): Anthony Kay - Novell Canada
207 11:00 am-11:50 am FREE LIBRE OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE (FLOSS) MAKES BUSINESS SENSE Abstract: You can significantly reduce desktop productivity costs by using Open Source. John will document how he used Open Source to collaboratively write two books and produce camera-ready art at much lower cost. He will go through the product life cycle and discuss the relationship between innovation, adoption, economic exploitation and long-term community benefits. John will look at how society can benefit from greater diffusion of technology, highlighting why this is of value to Canada. The North American launch for The Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide is at RWL04. Bonus! Attendees of the seminar have a chance to win a book signed by the author.
Speaker(s): John Terpstra - PrimaStasys, Inc
212 3:00 pm-4:00 pm KDE GROWS BEYOND THE DESKTOP Abstract: KDE is a powerful Open Source graphical desktop environment and the leading desktop environment for Linux based systems. This seminar presents an overview of KDE and new features in the latest release a case study of a KDE deployment and "Kolab" a groupware client and server for Linux (a Microsoft Exchange server replacement with compatibility for Outlook and other mail clients). Attendees will learn how to use the Kolab server to break their dependency on commercial e-mail solutions and how KDE provides a complete desktop solution for Linux and what enterprise features it contains. A case study delivered by a representative from DisplayWorks will outline their experiences and the benefit of migrating to a Linux/KDE.
Speaker(s): George Staikos - KDE
217 4:15 pm-5:15 pm JAVA ON THE DESKTOP Abstract: Is now the time to move Linux onto the mainstream business desktop? Momentum is growing around Linux and an increasing number of major players are showing support. Rob will discuss the new opportunities Linux brings to organizations and participants will learn: · a cost-effective option to deploy Linux and office productivity applications on the desktop · what environments offer the greatest opportunity for migration from existing desktops · is this really a viable option for enterprise and government desktop dependent organizations
Speaker(s): Robert Adley - Sun Microsystems of Canada, Inc.
Thursday, April 15
SESSION TIME TITLE Session Information
302 8:30 am-9:30 am LINUX REPLACES WINDOWS, ONE DESKTOP AT A TIME - A CASE STUDY Abstract: This presentation will take participants through a case study of a Windows to Linux migration. This case study focuses on a small company and compares and contrasts whether the migration was a success. Attendees will learn: · the five most important questions to ask before embarking on this kind of project · what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of migrating to Linux · what problems you can expect · what rollout strategy to use and what training your users might need
Speaker(s): Ralph DeFrangesco - Aetna Inc.
307 11:00 am-11:50 am STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS - MIGRATING TO THE LINUX DESKTOP Abstract: There is a huge buzz surrounding Linux on the desktop. A forward thinking manager/ administrator, you have been considering desktop Linux for your organization's future, but you are concerned about the "culture shock" awaiting your users. Just how different is desktop Linux when compared to Windows? Join Marcel Gagné, author of "Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!", for all the answers. Marcel will introduce you to the Linux desktop through a live demonstration of the desktop and its business applications. He'll highlight the similarities and the differences. In the end, you'll discover that desktop Linux is ready for your organization. Bonus! Attend this seminar and have the chance to win one of Marcel Gagne's books
Speaker(s): Marcel Gagne -
310 3:00 pm-4:00 pm CASE STUDY: LINUX THIN CLIENT IN A LARGE MEDICAL PRACTICE Abstract: Learn how a large cardiology group in Albany, New York converted its entire IT network (servers to desktops) from Micosoft/Novell to completely Open Source Linux Thin Client. The results are an enlarged the network from 150 to 200 thin terminals. Echt and Rosen will show that a thin client Linux solution is viable and financially attractive in a multi location high user intensity medium business environment including data transfer speed solutions, thin client costs and end user reactions. Learn: · IT needs of 200+ employees, 35+ physicians, 7 locations · technical implementation of initial conversion and lessons learned · financial analysis of the thin client solution · costs and problems in expanding the network · technical questions and issues about network and application integration · final results and reactions of end users.
Speaker(s): Martin Echt -
315 4:15 pm-5:15 pm INTRODUCTION TO THE LINUX TERMINAL SERVER PROJECT -LTSP Abstract: Corporations large and small are actively installing Linux on the desktop. LTSP simplifies this task by providing Thin Client support to Linux. This results in a very robust environment, minimizing costs and deployment time. In addition to supporting new state-of-the-art Thin Client computers, LTSP allows you to use older computers as thin clients extending the life of those computers. This seminar will introduce LTSP, an overview of the new features in LTSP-4, and through case studies, show how corporations have saved significant amounts of money by deploying Linux with LTSP compared with traditional PCs running Windows. This seminar is of benefit to system administrators, application developers and anyone interested in deploying Linux on the desktop efficiently.
Speaker(s): James McQuillan - Linux Terminal Server Project

* Visionary sessions are free with conference registration.

All conference programs take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front Street West, Toronto.

Conference Schedule

April 13: Tutorials & Workshops
April 14 – 15: Seminars
April 14 – 15: Keynote and Visionary presenters
April 14: Birds of a Feather

Trade Show Schedule

April 13, 11:00am - 6:00 pm
April 14, 11:00am - 5:00 pm