Do you become unusually fascinated by the inner workings of systems? Do you become uncontrollably intrigued when systems fail? If so, you might suffer from a love of systems, an affliction whose symptoms can include arcane bedside reading, hard-to-explain demos and befuddled family members. If you are a systems lover -- or think you might be one -- then be sure to follow us for updates on the next Systems We Love event.

Maybe it's the subtle mechanism behind something small that we take for granted, like icons in Haiku, message queues in illumos, or Huffman encoding in gzip. Maybe it's the hidden quirks of TCP or your favorite linker flags. Perhaps it's the lessons learned from a crippling service outage — or how you once used DTrace to debug your printer. Maybe it's what you learned from long-forgotten systems like the MK-61 Soviet calculator or the Intel 432, or from playing with current ones like Rust or Lua. Maybe it's recounting the joy you found in discovering strace or in teaching others about systems.

The point is: the passion for systems has many manifestations, and our goal is to present a similarly wide range of talks. While our bias is for open source software systems, we are open to talks on any system — current or historical, software or hardware (or otherwise).

Systems We Love is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Systems We Love is about love, not sex: sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants who violate these rules or have a history of doing so may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Systems We Love was very directly inspired by the enthusiasm that we saw and felt by the Papers We Love movement; be sure to check out a meetup near you!