fudcon day 2 and 3 and 4

February 4, 2011

sunday:

Woke up late and just managed to make it to James’ and Florian’s talk on packaging things about 5 minutes late.

James’ talk was “10 things you don’t know about yum” which, in fact, I did know. A good talk more or less all the obscure items we’ve added that really need more docs written about them.

Florian was talking about appstream. I had a good idea what he was going to say – there’s a lot to sift there but the gist is this is a metadata layer on top of packages to help people find the thing they want to install. It’s not really sysadmin-oriented mostly end-user oriented. I’m still not sure who these end-users are who are  not on systems managed by someone else but this is harm-free technology. If it isn’t used we’re out nothing. If it is used then we benefit.

Ended up sitting and talking to some folks about packaging some more following this talk and skipping the 10:00 talks.

Went to the next big fedora engineering project. The pitches were interesting but I suspect they are going to be much more time and labor intensive than was originally estimated. Toshio, Smooge and I gave our pitch for the Fedora Infrastructure project of ‘clean up our stuff’. Toshio was kind enough to type up our infrastructure goals from the night before. We gave our pitch, it wasn’t badly received but we probably didn’t stir up a ruckus, either.

Back outside for more time comfortably sitting in the sun and warmth and talking about package mgmt and yum/rpm goals. Tiring but man was it nice to be in the sun and be warm.

Lunch and then back inside for the lightning talks. I pitched my idea which was met with deafening disinterest. So onto the scrap heap of bad ideas it goes.🙂 It’s nice to be able to fail quickly and with relatively little damage.🙂

Andrew Overholt’s lighting talk showing off the advanced features of the spec file editing/fedpkg integration of eclipse was impressive. It was almost impressive enough to get me to try out eclipse again. Andrew does a good job of making a fun set of slides. His pitch was like an infomercial for ginsu knives or the sham-wow, clever.

Met Major Hayden from rackspace, finally. Got a few questions in and a promise of more info before I had to run. I think there is much value in the conversation with rackspace for fedora infrastructure’s future.

My afternoon of hackfests was still more packaging/future-goals discussions. This afternoon’s talks were a bit more involved and we got into a couple of disagreements, mostly, ultimately on terminologies. Got to meet Jay Greguske and he helped flesh out important distinctions about how rpm and yum are being used in some of our virtualization tools.

Eventually get back to hotel and take a break for a few minutes before catching up with the other vegetarians and similar people and finding a FANTASTIC thai place to eat. Nice comfortable meal and a thai ice tea, too.

Back to the hotel for more lobby-ing and a bit too much ponderous, depressing discussion. Worthy of note, when I start talking about massive distances and the heat death of the universe, it’s time to go to bed.🙂

monday:

woke up late but managed a shower and manual dexterity. Got a lift to the venue from herlo and managed to be ‘together’ for things.

More packaging talks which we finally broke from and got a bit of time to talk about other things. Oddly, ended up talking about repositories with Martin Langhoff and Florian Festi for a while. Martin has an idea of how we can store the primary/filelists repodata that could work and could be a win for deltas but definitely needs some research, especially in terms of how fast it is to query.

Lots of folks getting the hell out of dodge at this point b/c the snow attacking the middle and north east of the country.

Eventually back to the hotel, saw an egypt protest (or support? I’m not really sure whose side they were on).

Downstairs in the lobby for a while talking to all sorts of folks. Got to meet Christoph Wickert after all these years. He mentioned my “cogito, ergo I ride I steel bicycle” shirt which made me smile. If there is any justice in the world we will have a summer fudcon in Munster, Germany where where he lives b/c it sounds lovely.

Waiting around a bit for mel’s brilliant suggestion of going to la bocca for dinner. Things to note about this:

1. fabulous salad

2. fabulous pizza

3. fabulous cookie

4. movies about tragically lost citrus fruit.

5. Xavier ate a calzone significantly bigger than his head.

Came back to the hotel and sat and talked for a while and then called it an early night b/c I was just zonked. Off to bed and hopefully to a flight in the AM.

Tuesday:

Get a phone call at 3am from my airline telling me they’ve cancelled my flight. Spend the next hour rebooking and sorting it out. I’m now on a flight 3 hours earlier – 7am instead of 10am. No time to go back to sleep so I shower, finish packing up and get on the shuttle. On the way to the airport I get another call. They’ve cancelled my 7am flight and have rebooked me on a 9:25am flight. Yes, that’s right.

I check in and go to the gate. Get online using the handy-dandy mifi and get some info from eunice that the airport I’m flying through (DFW) has been closed due to ice. So I talk to the people at the gate who give me a not-so-helpful answer. I get online, book a ticket through southwest that flies through nashville back to durham. Hop the shuttle down one terminal and settle in at southwest’s gate.

From here on out I have the must uneventful travel trip ever. Calm flights, I had a whole row of 3 seats to myself on both legs of the trip. It was nice. I get into durham a full 3 hours ahead of when I was supposed to get here originally. I take a shower, a nap and am able to slide into a seat with eunice at carrburritos.

Thus closes my fudcon 2011 adventure.

A couple of people to mention here:

1. rbergeron for not being able to talk to anyone herself but facilitating hundreds and thousands of valuable discussions.

2. ianweller for those rather stunning booklets he put together. Well designed and thought out.

3. luke macken for entertaining Dennis and I, much, much later after fudpub.

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