red hat virtual experience
I suggested that sharing some of the stories about the heavy use of virtualization in the Fedora Project's production operations would make for interesting content, and Mike McGrath graciously offered to participate in a panel discussion. A lot of the virtualization that Fedora uses is built upon libvirt, KVM, and other upstream open source virtualization projects that both Red Hat employees and Fedora contributors play a large role in.
While Mike handled the technical side of things, I manned a virtual Fedora booth and basically did the standard Fedora Ambassador thing, complete with asking people to Google Image Search "Fedora tshirt" and pretend that I'd just given them one.
Some of the specific discussions that I had today:
* I was asked about downloading Fedora 12, and choosing a specific mirror.
* I had an opportunity to tell a few people about FUDCons, and point people to the pages of past events that we've had.
* We had a pretty long conversation about nvidia drivers in Fedora, including the work ongoing with Nouveau, as well as the third-party locations that happen to package nvidia drivers for Fedora.
* I pointed folks to the Fedora 13 feature list, which is already starting to take shape.
* From the help & documentation side of things, I had several opportunities to direct people to the Fedora Forums, Freenode's IRC channels, the virtualization guide, and the Fedora Mini special interest group.
* I spoke to folks about Fedora Ambassadors in real life, and opportunities to meet with the community face to face.
* One visitor and I had a conversation about using Fedora as a platform to practice for RHCE-like skills.
* The final conversation that I had was about the gap between Fedora and RHEL. A user who has a number of RHEL servers deployed lamented the fact that he needs some of the newer software that is in Fedora (GNOME, for example), and that some of the software he needs is not in EPEL, and never gets updated in RHEL. Fedora isn't supported long enough for him to simply use Fedora to fill those needs, so he's stuck with a gap in which he can have the software he needs without support, or the support he needs without all the software.
* A couple of Fedora folks who I know from other parts of the world stopped by the virtual booth to say hi, including dowdle who often comments on LWN's Fedora stories, and 2006 RHCE of the year Marco Palazotti.