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PICC '12 Keynotes Announced, Early Bird discount ends in 2 days

The 2012 LOPSA PICC conference will be held May 11-12, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The PICC committee announced the closing keynote speaker, Rebecca Mercuri, lead forensic expert at Notable Software, Inc. See the complete schedule on the PICC '12 site.

Interview with Puppet Founder Luke Kanies

Luke Kanies, founder of Puppet and Puppet Labs, is a familiar face at USENIX LISA events. In a recent interview, Kanies explains why he thinks Puppet won the 2011 Configuration Management Tool in the Members Choice Awards. "The biggest difference between Puppet and other tools is our focus on great design and user experience," he says.

APSys 2012 - Call for Papers

CFP closes on April 16, so don't put it off!

3rd ACM SIGOPS Asia-Pacific Workshop on Systems (APSys 2012) Call for Papers Seoul, South Korea July 23-24th, 2012Building on the success of its 2010 and 2011 predecessors in New Delhi, India and Shanghai, China, APSys 2012 will be a lively forum for systems researchers and practitioners across the world to meet, interact, and collaborate with theirpeers from the Asia/Pacific region. We take a broad view of computer systems, and solicit papers on topics such as:

Cascadia IT Conference: Early Bird Discount Extended

We got this note from our friends at Cascadia IT Conference today - you still have time to save a few $$$:

The Early Bird Discount for Cascadia IT Conference March 23rd - 24th 2012 has been extended through Wednesday March 14. Get a discounted rate to see top speakers in Information Technology, including:

Women and the sysadmin community

Happy International Women's Day!

Our LISA'12 Conference Chair, Carolyn Rowland, recently wrote a couple of blog posts about women in the sys admin community:

Is the sysadmin community inviting to women?

How a USENIX Student Grant Can Lead to a Career in Technology

In this interview, PostgreSQL contributor Selena Deckelmann shares her experiences with the USENIX student grant program and conferences.

CFP: Need help with your LISA '12 proposal?

LISA'12 Program Chair Carolyn Rowland wants to see your proposal. "The hardest thing about a submission is having a great idea," she says.

LEET '12: Interview with Program Chair; CFP Extended

Engin Kirda, Program Chair for 5th USENIX Workshop on Large-Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats, provides a preview of LEET '12.

Fresh Site, and other news

You might notice that our site got a fresh coat of paint in the form of a redesign and the Drupal CMS. Ah, much fresher and aesthetically pleasing, I think.

Meanwhile, FAST '12 kicked off in San Jose yesterday with record attendance. You can follow the tweets with #fast12.

SCALE10x Follow Up

Phew! Those SCALE folks know how to put on a fabulous event!

A big THANKS to all the organizers, volunteers, exhibitors, and attendees for making SCALE10x the best one yet. Also, I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by the USENIX booth. I loved seeing so many familiar faces and old friends, and it’s always great to meet new people each year, too.