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Picn*x 18 - The Linux 18th Anniversary Picnic

The Linux 18th Anniversary Picnic, or "Picn*x 18", will be held on Saturday, August 15 at Sunnyvale Baylands Park, California. Volunteers are welcome to show up anytime on from 9am to help setup and prepare for the picnic. Attendees can start showing up at 11am, but food will be coming off the grill starting at 12pm.

Who: All Linux and Open Source community members
Where: Meadowlands picnic area, Baylands Park, Sunnyvale CA
When: 12-4pm (Volunteers can start showing up at 9am)
Cost: FREE! (Parking at Baylands does cost $6, Carpooling/shuttling recommended!)


While the Picnic itself is free, parking at Baylands does cost $6.00.

From the official website: : "The park gate is open every day from 8:00 a.m. to one half hour after sunset. During the off-season of November through February there are no parking fees. From March through October there is a single car entry fee of $6.00. For buses the fee is $20. A $25 seasonal pass is available for frequent visitors. The season pass is valid only at Sunnyvale Baylands Park (Santa Clara County Park season passes are not valid). We encourage carpooling and there is no charge for pedestrians or bicycles."

We celebrate all the accomplishments of Open Source Software near the date of the original announcement of Linux to the software world. The picnic is Linux' birthday party smile

Participants and enthusiasts of Open Source software, more than just Linux, are welcome.

The Sunnyvale, California (Silicon Valley) picnic is usually scheduled each year for the Saturday following the LinuxWorld Expo (now OpenSourceWorld) in San Francisco. Coming from out of town? Plan to include the weekend, and join us at the park.

Is your group celebrating too? Let us know and we'll make sure to add it to this page!

Something worth celebrating!

Each year is an achievement not just for Linux but also for the Open Source community as a whole.

In 1991, when Linus Torvalds sent a note out to his fellow Minix fans, he got the support of his community not only in encouragement but in patches. Linux was not the first to use the idea - but it was the first to elevate Open Source Software, before it even had that name, to a worldwide level of recognition. Today there are heavily-studied processes about how to use Open Source as a software engineering methodology. We have a lot to celebrate and even more look forward to.

Anyone from the Open Source community should consider themselves welcome to bring their good cheer and their projects to share.

What will be there?

Food. We're bringing hot dogs, burgers, some vegetarian options - and probably buns to have them in. There will be some open grill space for you to cook on, if you bring your own. Let us know which you prefer when you RSVP.

Power. We have the site we wanted so there will be juice for impromptu installfests, sharing across laptops, and generally plugging your project gear into standard wall power.

Drink. We will be bringing numerous sodas and drinkables. The South Bay Community Network is not providing any alcohol. Park rules require alcohol may only be brought in limited quantity with meals and consumed with meals.

Of these three, please be kind to your fellow penguins - both in sharing, and in not taking what wasn't meant to be shared.

Projects. We are encouraging project teams to bring themselves, their gear, and their banners, and to get involved. If you're part of such a project and want to commit to coming, use the Sponsors contact info above. and Thanks!!

Wireless. SVWUX members will be setting up an active wireless link - probably more than one - at the park so we can all enjoy internet access. Sponsors for additional wireless access will be put in contact with SVWUX members volunteering for Wifi setup at the park.

Good Cheer!

Talk to us!

Looking to volunteer?
Join the mailing list or visit the IRC channel (freenode #linuxpicnic) and speak up for your part in any of these roles:
  • Coordination and Administration
  • Setup and Breakdown
  • Food Purchase
  • Cooking and setting up the grills
  • Communication
  • Drivers - transport team to the local caltrain and bus stops
  • Gophers - making sure volunteers don't wear ourselves out.
  • First Aid

Hoping to Sponsor?
The open source world these days is made not only of people writing code but also helping in other ways - documentation, testing, sending gear to developers, etc. It's also got companies who have embraced the open source model and pour their energy and support into our community as a whole.

If you would like to help the Picnic in some way beyond direct volunteer work, please contact this year's Picnic Coordinator, Heather Stern of The South Bay Community Network. She can be reached on the volunteer mail list, via direct email on her gmail account (heather.starshine.stern), or possibly via internet chat (freenode IRC as starshine or editorgal, Yahoo IM arachnesolara, Skype arachnesolara, or via LinkedIn).

Our thanks to sponsors:

  • Oracle Technology Network
  • Google
  • Silicon Valley Wireless Users and eXperimenters (SVWUX), a special interest group of The South Bay Community Network

Visiting from out of town?

Have a look at various tourist attractions in Silicon Valley while you're here. Those of you bringing families may especially enjoy The Tech, Intel's museum, the Computer History Museum, or a shopping trip to Fry's. We'll also have our shuttle volunteers able to take you to and back from the nearby WeirdStuff Warehouse.

Are you coming to Picn*x 18? Please RSVP!

Join our mailing list and speak up.

RSVP Privacy policy: We only use your information ourselves, for the picnic itself. This includes making your name badges at the park, possible reminders, tracking food purchase plans, and calls for volunteers. Your information is not given to third parties.

If you have a food allergy you are responsible for your health - PLEASE be careful! Thanks!

If you have an interest in any projects or groups who support the picnic you'll have to make contact with them separately.

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