May 10th, 2007


public speaking

So Mike's getting started on his talk. There's probably about 80 people or so in the room. He started by asking "who here could theoretically be called up during this talk because of some sort of infrastructure emergency?" and almost everyone raised their hand.

So he's got an incredibly smart, attentive audience of prod-ops type folks -- infrastructure and development guys, and I have a feeling it's going to be a great talk.

There's two different kinds of people that you see giving presentations. The ones who stand up in front of their audience and are afraid, and the ones who embrace the audience and involve them. The latter type of presentations are strictly better than the former.

So far, all of the Fedora speakers have fit into this second category. It makes me proud, especially because I'm the one who asked them all to be speakers at the Summit.

my day at the red hat summit

In the excruciating blow by blow detail that only a blog can deliver.

8:10 -- breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 -- morning session of keynote speeches. Matt Mattox talked about RHX, which was quite impressive, even if the website was down while he was talking :-). Paul Cormier talked about Red Hat's partnership with Dreamworks, and led into the Dreamworks keynote, which was fun because it showed how Red Hat's products are being used to produce really cool stuff (like the penguins in the movie Madagascar).

10:15 - 11:15 -- Mike McGrath's talk about managing infrastructure with open source software. See my previous blog posts.

11:30 - 12:30 -- Two interviews with media folks. The first was for The Register and the second was for a German news source. I spoke to them about Fedora 7, Fedora 8, general Fedora philosophy, etc. One of the interviews was (surprisingly) videotaped, but fortunately I was wearing my Fedora polo shirt and I'd recently shaved (hi mom!).

12:30 -- lunch

1:45 - 3:00 -- Got the whole Fedora crew together for a videotaping session. We did an hour on film, just recording many of the Fedora leaders chatting with each other about Fedora. Unfortunately, I missed most of this because I had another interview with Linux 4 You that took me from 2:00 - 3:00

3:00 - 5:00 -- Since the whole Fedora crew was together, we just took over a room and kept talking. General topics about how we build stuff, what went well and what went wrong with Fedora 7, etc.

My laptop is seconds away from battery death, so I must hit post and catch you all later, faithful readers.