The CFP for FUDCon Pune 2015 is now closed. We have had an overwhelming response: 141 talks/workshops submitted. This is more than twice the number of sessions we received for the 2011 edition. Talk submissions were pouring in till the last minute when we flipped the switch for the CFP page.
However, there’s a twist in the tale, so people who couldn’t get their CFP in aren’t left out.
I’ve written previously about random numbers in virtual machines. KVM still remains the only hypervisor to offer an RNG device to guests.
Quite a lot of exciting changes have landed in the upstream Linux kernel since that last post. I have written an article in the RHEL blog about it: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtual Machines: Access to Random Numbers Made Easy.
That articles talks about the improvements in the recent RHEL 7.1 release. In upstream terms, all the changes written about have landed in kernel 3.17; so Fedora 21 out-of-the-box, and Fedora 20 after updates, have benefited from the additions.
All the benefits listed in the article apply to all Linux guest VMs running under KVM if they have the virtio-rng device enabled, and run kernel 3.17+ in the guest.
We had a F21 release party at the MIT COE, the venue for FUDCon Pune. We were expecting about 20 people to turn up, we did not want to make this a big event. The students from MIT who attended were enthusiastic and already use Linux for their coursework. They use Ubuntu, and they were curious about what the differences in various distros are, and what to expect at FUDCon.
Pravin has written his experiences here, which have more details.
I’ve uploaded a few photos on the wiki page.
If you’re planning on attending FUDCon Pune, and are going to need subsidy for travel and accomodation, you should head to this link to fill out the form requesting for one.
Fedora Ambassadors from Pune are hosting the F21 release party at the MIT COE, on Saturday, 21st Feb, from 10:30. Details on the party page.
It’s been a while since F21 released, but with the FUDCon preparations + planning and travel of the ambassadors for conferences, hosting the release party was delayed.
This is also a good opportunity for us to visit MIT COE, the FUDCon venue, and interact with the folks there and prepare them for what’s coming in June.
PS: CFP for the FUDCon is open as well!
We had a good productive meeting today in #fedora-india as well as on phone + in-person at the Red Hat Pune office.
We used the Etherpad at http://piratepad.net/FUDConPunePlanning for keeping notes.
- We’ll soon add a code of conduct / anti-harrassment policy for the event
- Outreach: everyone focussed on spreading the CFP message
- Current logo draft looks good, minor tweak suggestions to be put on ticket
- FUDPub venues being evaluated, but we’re getting a good deal from one of them
The entire minutes are appended below.
Yesterday was the first day at devconf.cz 2015. It’s my first devconf.cz, and I’m impressed by the large turnout and the perfect management of the event by the organizers.
Yesterday was also the day I presented my talk on live migration of QEMU/KVM VMs. The slides are here. There was also live video broadcast; and the recording is at this link. You’ll have to select the E104 section to view my talk. Also, that selection process needs flash. Unfortunate. I’ll check if there’s a direct link to my part of the talk.
Update: The direct link to the talk is here, thanks Donovan.
I will also do a follow-up post with a textual version of the talk in a few days’ time.
Mark your calendars for Jun 26 – 28 for FUDCon Pune. Start making travel arrangements. Think of topics to speak on, workshops and hackfests to organise, and have fun with friends.
FUDCon Pune is being hosted at MIT COE. They have excellent infrastructure and an amazing team of people who have been really helpful in addressing our needs to host a large conference.
Hop on to #fedora-india on freenode and the mailing list for information on volunteering. The etherpad has all the to-do items, feel free to jump in and help! The Twitter, Google+ and Facebook pages will have announcements and Planet Fedora will have blog posts from various people involved with the FUDCon.
It’s going to be a blast organising a FUDCon again!
When the call for bids for FUDCon APAC 2015 was put out, a few of us huddled together to discuss a bid from India. We had already organised a successful FUDCon in Pune in 2011, so our initial conversations were around which city to host it in. Pune won again, just because the number of volunteers available in Pune are more than any other place in India, and Pune has several technical colleges, which makes hosting the event at one of them easier.
This time around, we’re proposing to host the FUDCon at the MITCOE campus, more details in the bid page.