FOSDEM’13 : Personal Impressions

This year’s FOSDEM is now over, and I finally made it back home. FOSDEM was buzzing, there was great content, lots of beer, meeting old friends and makign new friends. The number of attendees was impressive: according to the organizers – all volunteers – more than 5,000 open source enthusiast attended. Probably the number was even higher as FOSDEM requires no registration.

This year, I co-organized the virtualisation devroom with David Neary and Renzo Davioli. Thank you to both of them, the speakers, the audience and the FOSDEM organizers who helped made the devroom a success – at least in my view. As I am thanking people, I also wanted to thank our volunteers from the Xen developer community and user community who submitted talks and spent time on our booth. A special thank you goes to KB from CentOS, who saved our day by helping us out with CentOS-Xen co-branded T-Shirts. Our own T-Shirts didn’t arrive.

Rather than going on and talk about numbers, presentations and meetings I will keep today’s post short. I did want to pick out four of my personal highlights though:

  • It was great to see members of the Xen Orchestra project hanging out at the Xen booth and showing Xen and XCP users what they are doing. Any Xen related project is welcome to do something similar in future: just drop me a line.
  • It was fantastic to see that Xen support is coming to CentOS 6!
  • One of our Xen users (and a Qubes contributor) gave us an extremely impressive demo of Qubes OS 1.0 at our booth. Get the irony? It is great to see what cool stuff other projects do with Xen. When I find some time, I will install and learn how to use Qubes.
  • We worked on the details of a Xen Hackathan that we are co-organzing with the Ganeti team at Google. The Hackathon will take place in Dublin on May 16 & 17. Save the date!

Xen related talks will be available in the usual places on slideshare and vimeo. As always, FOSDEM is a great event to make connections and build bridges with other open source projects.

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About Lars Kurth

Lars Kurth is a highly effective, passionate community manager with strong experience of working with open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and currently is community manager for Lars has 9 years of experience building and leading engineering teams and a track record of executing several change programs impacting 1000 users. Lars has 16 years of industry experience in the tools and mobile sector working at ARM, Symbian Ltd, Symbian Foundation and Nokia. Lars has strong analytical, communication, influencing and presentation skills, good knowledge of marketing and product management and extensive background in C/C , Java and software development practices which he learned working as community manager, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. If you want to know more, check out Personally, Lars has a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. He is particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and has built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world. His love for plants extends into a passion for travel, in particular to see plants grow in their native habitats.