This year, Flock, the annual developer conference for Fedora happened from 12 August to 15 August 2015 in Rochester, New York, USA. First two days were dedicated to talks and the workshops happened for the next two days. Our accommodation and the conference both were arranged in the same hotel which made it very convenient to go to the conf, organize meetups and hack groups. Day 1 started with Matthew‘s keynote on state of union. He showed us some very interesting numbers on usage of Fedora. Now getting the exact numbers is very difficult because we have no way to track our users but we try to estimate it by looking at the hits on the update servers and downloads. I am happy to observe that cloud images are being appreciated by users. At BrowserStack, we too deploy Fedora cloud images for certain applications. I attended talks on Yubikey by Nick and on Docker Security by Dan Walsh. Dan showed us the container coloring book which was awesome.
My talk was scheduled after lunch. The talk went smoothly but because of an unprecedented CPU spike due to xorg, the demo worked only partially. I did finish off the demo the next day during the flash talks but I really wished the demo would have worked fully the first day itself. I attended the SPC talk as well. Dan explained very nicely about how SPC can be used to do privileged stuff and why Atomic would have minimum number of binaries. We had an amazing board game night. I played a game where one person combined a power and a superhero to create a mega superhero and the next person will try to beat that with their combination. It was super fun.
Day 2 started with Major Hayden‘s keynote. He talked about imposter syndrome and encourage contributors to approach other project members and their peers with confidence. I attended the talks on Atomic architecture, Fedora cloud and container deployment best practices. Threebean’s talk on microservices was very informative. I think I would agree with him a lot that many times we create applications with best intentions but the over the period of time the code becomes unmanageable. Monolithic architecture is a big problem since code base is usually large in that case. Microservices can be of huge help here. I finished off my demo on lightening round in the end. We went to Strong Museum of Play. The museum consists of a lot of games, arcade, video games, wach-a-mole and many more. These were really fun.
Next two days were dedicated to workshops. I attended cloud working group workshop. Making Atomic the default offering of Fedora Cloud was proposed. This seems like a leading move. We also discussed on reducing the size of Docker image. I spent some time to package Docker v1.7.1 for epel6. Docker has said that beyond this version, they will not be supporting EL6 due to old kernel. We went to George Eastman house, the founder of Eastman Kodak company. It was a big house full of historic cameras, photographs and paintings. I also attended SPC workshop on Saturday by Dan Walsh. I had a return flight on Sunday. Flock is a really awesome event. I always appreciate the sense of putting faces to irc nicknames. I am eagerly looking forward to the next Flock.