Somehow, Eric has talked me into going to FUDCon 2008 in Raleigh. He almost had me talked into going a day early, to attend the TriLUG meeting. Unfortunately, the budget's a bit tight at the moment, what with my son starting another semester and Shmoocon being 4 weeks following.
In any case, it looks interesting (this will be my first un-con of this type). I'll keep you posted.