FUDCon – Brno 2008

I was in FUDCon (Fedora Users and Developers Conference) in Brno, from September 05th to 07th:

Day 1 – 05th September
I woke up at 5:20am (without alarm!! I don’t know how I did it!!), and I met Simone at 6:00am. We went together to Malpensa Airport, one of the worst Italian ones and, so far (in italian we say “è in culo ai lupi”).

After arrive to Malpensa and met Marco, we wait our flight (scheduled at 9:15), and arrived in Prague about at 11:00: Francesco was there, waiting for us (he arrived directly from Dublin). We rent a car and, after 2 hours trip we arrive in hotel.

The hotel was strange, it was more similar to an hostel than an hotel, except for the reception. The most strange stuff was the elevator…without internal doors. Rooms were nice, beds comfortable, IMO the only problem was the too small bath towel.

We arrive in university at 15:00, we caught tram and we asked to people about university, because we weren’t sure about direction, but nobody know anything about it. It was strange and a bit funny.

In university we met Gianluca and other guys I saw in Linux Tag, by the way, most of them there weren’t, in particular the German and French one.

The afternoon wasn’t hard because the hack meeting sessions ended before we arrived; in the evening we went to eat for dinner with Max. He brought us in a nice place he tried the day before.
We spoke about a lot of things, like  and we had a nice dinner.

We complete the Italian delegation when Ugolini Francesco arrived (after 9:00 pm) and we started an Italian ambassador meeting. I reported the actual organization status and a lot of thing we wish to organize, like release events, scheduled in November.
During all time, Francesco was very funny and we laughed a lot (especially about his love issues). 😀

Day 2 – 06th September
The second day was the most important FUDCon day because there was BarCamp.

I was a bit worried because I had to do a talk and:
a) it was my first talk in English language
b) My English sucks a bit

After Max introduction, all the speakers presented their topic and chose when they wish to speak about.

My talk was about Func (Fedora Unified Network Controller), an awesome software/Python API useful to manage a large network using bash or python scripts and designed to be a basis on new management applications. If you wish to get my slides, you can find here (PDF) and here (ODP).
Marco spoke about symbolic which is basically an open source func-frontend sponsored by byte-code and written in grails, characterized by a lot of features.

I attended the Spacewalk talk, by Miroslav Suchý which was interesting, because I saw spacewalk running, for the first time. Francesco Ugolini spoke about Fedora Localization, and Ambassador issues.

During his presentation there was an interested slide about organized events: EMEA rocks a lot with 39% of organized events, and I think its importance will increase next year.

As last speech, Czech people organized a “Czech crash course” (or survivor course). What amazing and funny session!! Here the video.

The social event was nice, the location was a bit hot but after dinner, we stayed outside restaurant and the temperature was better. About at 22:00, I went with a lot of people in the downtown and I made nice pictures about it.

Day 3

Last day Me, Marco, Simone and Francesco organized func & symbolic hacking session. While I showed func I’d got a couple of bug, one in func delegation and another in jboss module I wrote months ago.

Marco and Francesco worked on Symbolic RPM (they fix ACL to fix func call); Simone and Miroslav installed SpaceWalk.

In the afternoon we returned to Prague and we did a two hours trip in the city.

In conclusion I think Czech crew did a very well job. I think this FUDCon was nice and important because was the first FUDCon in EMEA zone.

If you are interested to see my photos, just come here.


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