This morning I dragged my butt out of bed bright and early to attend FUDCon Raleigh 2008. Today started with Fedora Community Manager Max Spevack giving a Fedora state of the union. One impressive stat that Max shared was that of all the packages maintained by the Fedora project that 212 packages where maintained by Red Hat employees while 294 where maintained by people in the community. Also in it’s third year FUDCon drew over 100 people from all over the world. I was also impressed how enthusiastic the attendees. Many times during opening remarks the crowd erupted into thunderous applause.
The format for Saturday was BarCamp style so everyone took turns pitching sessions (see the line on the right) then we voted and the most popular sessions got space. The most popular session was Michael Tiemann’s Fedora for the Enterprise – Hosting for the Future. So that session ran first. Michael as usual full of interesting stories about CTO’s that had started using Fedora in their Enterprise (though he was clear that there was room for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora). I was interested to hear about EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux). EPEL is a volunteer-based community effort from the Fedora project to create a repository of high-quality add-on packages that complement the Fedora-based Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and its compatible spin-offs such as CentOS or Scientific Linux. In other words if you are looking to make it easy for your software to be included or easily installed for Fedora users this is a good place to start.
Other interesting talks I hope to attend include:
- Legal Q&A with former Red Hat Counsel, Mark Webbink
- OLPC/Asus EEE get together
- Teaching OSS – a very cool session, NC State is actually teaching OSS development
- Cobbler (Install Server)
More to come later today.