Statewide Linux conference comes to Wichita State

  • The second statewide Linux Fest – dedicated to the most widely used operating system in the world – is being held at Wichita State.
  • Linux Fest is set for May 21-22.

Wichita State will host the 2nd Annual Kansas Linux Fest -- a statewide conference for enthusiasts of the open-source software platform -- Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22.

Linux is the most widely used computer operating system in the world, favored for use in webservers, supercomputers and Android phones and also used in personal computers. Linux enthusiasts advocate for free and open-source software collaboration, which allows anyone to use, modify and distribute the underlying source code.

Linux Fest logo

Linux Fest logo

“We are pleased to be able to bring this event to Wichita,” said organizer Ben Roose, advisor to Wichita State’s Linux User Group (WuLUG) student organization. “This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about Linux and the open-source movement and will allow enthusiasts to network with others who share this interest.”

Organizers hope the event will attract up to 200 participants. In keeping with the principles of the open source movement, there is no cost to attend. Registration and a schedule of speakers, seminars and social events is available at Most sessions will be held in Hubbard Hall.

Session topics include: “How to Get Started in the World of High Performance Computing,” “Promoting Free Software: The Role of the Hobbiest Podcaster,” and “Building an Open Source Artificial Intelligence.”

The event is hosted by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and organized by WuLUG, MakeICT and devICT.

Sponsors include Koch Industries, Cox Communications, Sumner Communications, Storehouse and Ellen Mosiman Graphic Design.