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FOSDEM conference day 2

By Emanuele “Lele” Calò · Monday, February 2, 2015

Tags: conference, open-source, sysadmin

It's Sunday evening, the 2015 FOSDEM conference is over, so it's time to give my impressions and opinions.

As I already said in my day 1 blog post, I really enjoyed the conference as I usually do in this kind of open source, enthusiast, knowledge sharing conference.

Now that's also where the FOSDEM somehow slightly disappointed me: I lived it as yet another conference with a series of talks and some nice ideas here and there.

When I heard about the FOSDEM I always heard about a developer-centric conference so my first natural conclusion was that there probably would have been a lot of cooperative hand-on coding, some pair programming, huge hackathon rooms and so on. Unfortunately this wasn't the case, from what I could see.

Don't get me wrong: I really loved all the talks I attended and really appreciated all the input I had, which is awesome.

But as you may know when expectations fall short you always remain with a little bit of bitter taste wandering inside you.

That said I really loved the talks about KVM Observability from Stefan Hajnoczi which provided me a lot of interesting hints and tools I could use straight away when coming back at work and the NUMA architecture in oVirt from Doron Fediuck which gave an incredibly useful and clear introduction to NUMA systems.

I was also really interested to hear about the latest news on the CentOS SIGs project and what we could expect there in the future.

The nice aspect of this kind of conference is that you happen to know a lot of incredibly talented people which would be difficult to meet otherwise. As an example I was lucky enough to talk with Luca Gibelli which is one of the main initial contributors of ClamAV, who has since moved on to other interesting projects.

For next year I'd really love to see some more space dedicated encourage real hand-on programming like help request/proposals zone where FOSDEM visitor could meet and work together, create and enjoy the marvelous joys of pair programming.

I really want to thank all the volunteers and speakers that made the FOSDEM possible. It was a really great experience and I'll definitely try to be here again in future!