The first day of LinuxCon proved to be a big hit amongst many attendees, not just for the quality of content but for the extracurricular activities the event has provided.
Last night, the main event was the well-attended Linux Foundation bowling party across the river at Grand Central Bowling, which was designed to raise money for Defenders of Wildlife. The event was a big success, with teams comprised of friends old and new who banded together for a common cause. A lot like open source, come to think of it.
And the nice thing about it was that while there was fun to be had, attendees also raised $3,000 for Defenders of Wildlife. Congratulations, then, to all involved.
After a night of fun like that, and with all the work that some LinuxCon goers still can't seem to tear themselves away from, it's nice to have a chance to relax. The venue here is pretty nice, lots of alcoves and niches in the Portland Waterfront Marriott to sit down and converse.¬†
For more intensive relaxation, there's the yoga classes held daily at the show at 7:30 a.m. There's been some early risers who have made these sessions, and I hear the classes really help reset mind and body.
Another service is the holistic day spa, offered by The Dragontree, a Portland-based business that approaches spa and massage treatments not just as a way to pamper clientele but also to therapeutically restore health.
So, while there are excellent massage services, there are also skin care consultation and other holistic care options here at the show, according to The Dragontree's Heather Wade.
This may not sound like much, but traveling¬† alone can bring a lot of stress to anyone, so we're happy to offer the little things to help make everyone's visit to LinuxCon as fun as possible.