Fedora Board Recap
for January 13, 2009
included a lengthy discussion of FUDCon 11 and how to make future FUDCons
Users and Developers Conference) provides a chance for developers to get
together, hack and learn, have some beer and some laughs and generally get
to know one another. This is important in a culture that encourages global
and the Ubuntu
(UDS) serve a similar purpose.
DebConf takes place annually and provides a chance for Debian Developers to
get together, meet and talk about common interests. Both UDS and FUDCon
are held every six months and are venues to hash out new features and
define the next version of their OS. UDS and DebConf are held in different
places around the world, which allows a different subset of developers a
better chance to attend. FUDCons are typically held in the U.S., usually
near a Red Hat office. This is convenient for many developers, especially
Red Hat employees who work on Fedora either full or part time. Many Fedora
volunteers live in other countries and have little chance of attending,
especially since FUDCons have a very limited budget for sponsoring users
and developers. FUDCon is the shortest of these events, at least in part
because of their limited budget. Red Hat funds FUDCon while other events
find many corporate sponsors.
FUDCon 10 was held in conjunction with a Red Hat Summit, but FUDCon 11 went much
better without the added distraction of a Summit. Other things that make
FUDCon successful include lots of BarCamp talks, easy access
to public transportation, and streaming audio and video.
In order to make FUDCon useful for the maximum number of people there is a
event survey that attendees, or want-to-be attendees, can fill out.
Surveys such as this can make the next FUDCon a better experience for
Things that help make a conference successful include reliable wireless
connections, good food, and as previously mentioned good quality audio and
streaming video. The latter is useful not only for people who missed a
session, but also for review by people who were there.
The future of FUDCon currently seems uncertain. Since scheduling FUDCon
with Red Hat Summit proved not to work well, there will be no FUDCon at the
Red Hat Summit in Chicago, in September 2009. Funding for a 2010 FUDCon in
Boston is uncertain, although there may be a Fedora Activity Day (FAD)
instead. More of the three day FUDCons may be shortened to a FAD. Fedora
is becoming more independent from Red Hat, even though there will always be
a strong connection. As part of that independence perhaps some additional
sponsors for FUDCon would help preserve a vital event.
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