Just a very late post about the FUDCon F11 in Boston, that I had a lot of pleasure to attend.
Day 1 :
Sleeping in the bus from Montreal was not that easy. Lot of stops, and crossing the border in the middle of the night, which means: giving two fingerprints, a photo, and filling a two-pages form to explain that I am not a terrorist. Oh, and pay 6$ as some kind of short term visa.
Arrived at 06h30, I had a bit of time to get lost in the MIT, having forgotten to check in which building was the event. Thanks to the information desk, I found it to arrive on time. Heard some discussions on OLPC status : very interesting. Also quite complicated when not up to date with what's going on there. Looks like Sugar is getting better, can't wait to see the next version ! I don't think that the day was really productive.
The evening was really interesting also, I met Adrien B., who is doing a master's thesis project at Harvard. We then ate some big american burger. The funny thing there was that I was sitting just on the left of P., a Red Hat guy, who couldn't attend the FUDCon. He recognized me thanks to the nice FudCon's t-shirt. (thanks artwork team btw)
Day 2 :
Lot of conferences, would have wanted to hear more.
- GnomeShell: a new approach to the Desktop. Looks really promising, if it can give the user a better experience and overall view, I want it now !
- Kernel stuff in F11: Lot of news you will find on the wiki. Btrfs will be provided for testing purposes, and ext4 be the default !
- Rainbow: desktop security, with Michael Stone. Really interesting. As linux becomes more popular, we'll need to protect the user against malware without bothering him. Good challenge.
- KVM, virtualization. I have never really used KVM, now I need to have a look.
Fun at the FUDBar for a while. Francesco, any pictures ?
Already time to go back home. Just enough time to have a breakfast, go back to MIT, discuss a bit around packaging and locales. I'll now try and update some packages which are obsolete now...
It was overall a very good week-end, meeting a few people, and learning a lot. Thanks Paul and all your team, you did a great work for us !
Boston from the Marriott Hotel: impressive panorama from 21st floor.