Sunday is no longer a day of rest for the open-source crowd -- at least not for those true believers in the Ubuntu distribution of Linux and other open-source tools.
On Sunday, the first Ubuntu Live conference kicked off at 8am with a full day of keynote speeches, technical sessions and case history presentations in the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. According to Mark Shuttleworth, founder of London-based Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, the decision to hold the conference on Sunday was logistical.
"We needed two days for our sessions, and we wanted to be here with Oscon," a major open-source conference that begins later this week in Portland, he said.
Shuttleworth said that holding the conference on a traditional day off in the US "is not something we can do every year."
Those who made it for the morning sessions didn't seem to mind the Sunday hours. David Duffey, an independent contractor who does business in Austin as TreeO Technology, said he came to the Sunday event because he was going to attend Oscon and wanted to get some specific information about Ubuntu directly from Canonical representatives.