FUDCon Pune, 2015 concluded last weekend. This post will summarize the event from my point of view.
First off, a lot of respect for the organizing team. The way they pulled off this event was great. The maturity and the dedication of the team is commendable.
India team won the bid and did a call for proposal. Since I am working on Project Atomic these days, I submitted a talk on the same. Incidentally, Lalatendu also works on Project Atomic and was about to submit a similar talk. We got in touch during Rootconf and eventually decided to collaborate on the talk. As the timelines finished off, the selection panel got overwhelming number of talks and decided to spin off three tracks focusing on storage technologies, cloud technologies and container technologies. Ideally, Neependra would have been the in-charge of the container track but due to other commitments, Lalatendu and I were asked to fill in. However, Neependra remained involved and helped us out in organizing the track very smoothly. Without his directions, it would be very difficult to pull off the track, the way we did. Our talk on Docker and Project Atomic was included as a part of the main conference. The idea was to create some interest among the audience so that they feel encouraged to attend the track. Meanwhile, we kept on organizing hangouts with other speakers of the track to discuss the flow of the talks, the workshops and the overall track. We had some last minute back-outs but we managed well. All this while, both Siddhesh and Amit were very helpful in co-coordinating with us on schedule and updating it whenever we requested.
I reached around 4 am and caught little less than 3 hours of sleep before leaving for the conference. Luckily, I had no talks to deliver on day 1. Morning started with so many familiar faces which I was seeing after such a long time. I met Amit, Siddhesh and Suchakra (soon to be a PhD) after years.
Conference started off with Dennis’s talk on release engineering and the problems that we are facing around several things like rolling releases, rawhide, bi-weekly Atomic Host release etc. I also attended a bunch of other talks, including ones on dnf and vagarant. We also talked about the next FUDCon during APAC BoF to take a call on Cambodia’s bid but we eventually decided to defer it till Cambodia team comes up with ways to handle finances.
Harish demonstrated a tool to check up the health of any given open-source project. It was quite cool to see that such a thing is even possible
We had a nice dinner together and the day finished up.
Day 2 kicked off with Jiri keynote on Fedora workstation. I attended talks on SELinux and Fedmsg as well, both of which were pretty cool. Our talk happened post lunch in the Auditorium. Audience was quite responsive and both Lala and I had a great time interacting with the people who were listening to the talk. I attended PJP’s talk on DNSSec and the day ended with Tenzin’s keynote on achieving community goal and highlighting how they are using Fedora and Linux in general to combat some of their real life issues around security and privacy.
We moved to FUDPub and had a great time with all the contributors, organizers and volunteers. I reminisced the FUDCon Pune 2011.
This was, rather, a busy day for me. The container track started off with the Docker basics workshop and we made sure that the level of talk and the workshop was kept at a level so that students can easily follow them. The room was packed and at a point, I did asked volunteers to arrange for some more desks. The subsequent workshops saw great attendance and great content by all the speakers. We enjoyed all the interactions and I really hope that some of the students will try to contribute back to the community. The day ended with Rupali thanking everyone for doing a great job. She herself worked really hard to deliver a great event.
- Always have plan B when you are organizing a conference. Our container track saw a few walk-outs just a few days before the conference. We were lucky that the rest of the speaker were extremely cooperative and accommodated the change in schedule and the pace of track.
- Entry barrier is very high in certain areas of Fedora, for example release engineering. I would love to be a part of it but I am not sure where to start. I wish there were an “easyfix” list of tasks like we have for Fedora infra.
- For new comers, even “easyfix” tasks are not easy enough. We have to organize targeted workshops and events to induct them in areas where they can contribute easily. Packaging and filing bugs are such things where more newbies can take part.