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Take a traditional sci-fi con; mix in a weekend-long Linux user group meeting; add continual wireless network access, 24-hour access to caffeine, the Chaos toy, and Tux running around wearing a Star Trek: The Next Generation captain's uniform - you have Penguicon 2.0 (www.penguicon.org). Held in Novi, Michigan April 16-18, Penguicon 2.0 was the best of both worlds - panels entitled "SAMBA and CIFS"; "Buffy: The Wake"; "Self-Defense for Geeks and Fen"; and "Moving Mars...Literally" - plus lots, lots, more. If you've been to tech conventions sponsored by vendors or other industry organizations, you're probably used to freebies, sales sessions cleverly disguised as tech panels, and lots of schmoozing by vendor employees. It's time out of the office, generally in a big hotel, and you come home tired with a bag full of logo toys and marketing slicks. You (or your company) ... (more)