August 9th, 2007


triangle linux user group

Greg DeKoenigsberg and I are the featured speakers tonight at the Triangle Linux User Group meeting. This LUG meets every month at Red Hat's office, and the organizers asked us if we wanted to talk about Fedora at tonight's meeting.

Of course, we accepted. The talk should end up being videotaped, but for those of you who are curious, here's a general outline of what we're going to do:

I'll start off with some introductions, a brief mention about Fedora's guiding principle -- "once free, always free", etc. We're going to do a bit of an audience Q&A to get a sense of who in the audience uses Fedora as their primary OS, who has played around with it but doesn't use it every day, and who doesn't use Fedora at all, for their specific reasons. It should be a reasonably interesting discussion.

Once that part has concluded, I will introduce Greg and turn the talk over to him. Greg is going to tell The Story of Fedora as only he can. It's going to be a candid look at the growing pains that Fedora went through during its first few years, and also some of the successes that Fedora had (like Extras, for example).

Ultimately, the talk is going to come back to me. I wil transition the talk into "Fedora as it is today". But before I do that, I'm going to say something along the lines of: "Over the years, we have come to realize that in order for Fedora to be successful, we need for the project to embody three character traits. When we have these traits, things go well. When we don't, things suffer. Those three character traits are INNOVATION, COMMUNITY, and HUMILITY." I plan to go over several of the high points of Fedora -- the merge, the open toolchain, translations, infrastructure, packaging, artwork, etc. In each of these areas, I'm going to go back to the three character traits I just listed and talk about the extent to which we either are or aren't demonstrating these character traits.

I also plan to give demonstrations of pungi, live cd creator, and revisor. During these demonstrations I will talk about how a lot of our customization efforts ultimately boil back down to two technologies -- kickstart and yum -- and how our development investment in those tools can give us a baseline for command line apps, graphical apps, or APIs that can be used in building custom Fedora appliances.

My ulterior motive is to use this talk as a testing ground for my Ohio Linux Fest keynote, since I think I'd like to include some of these topics in that speech.

friday is moving day

Red Hat has expanded from one to two buildings here in our Raleigh headquarters. On Friday, my floor is being moved from one building to the other.

I'm considering challenging Greg to some sort of pointless competition like "the first person to blink and start packing up their cubicle loses".

Jono Bacon's jacket is coming with me to the new building. Regrettably, it is still sans-airbrushing.