28 Feb 2005 Physicman   » (Journeyer)

As usual, the FOSDEM has been great and very interesting.

It has been a good opportunity to finally put some faces on names or nicknames. :)

The saturday afternoon I hang out around the Hurd developers' room and listen to the talks of Neal Walfield and Marcus Brinkmann which were both way beyond my understanding, but, nevertheless, it was interesting to see some problems and solutions that one can encounter while working on the Hurd.

I also went to see the Free Software Award that has been given this year to Theo de Raadt.

On Sunday, I unfortunately missed both Hurd conferences in the Debian developers' room. :(

I went to see Alan Cox talking on how to get a stable (Linux) kernel. It was quite general and thus accessible to most of us I guess. Nothing really new, but an interesting point of view on how the linux kernel development works (or not) and what problems can arise when trying to keep a stable tree stable ;)

Then I attended the talks on Linux-HA and OpenGFS which were both interesting for my job.

The Linux-HA project seems already very useable (and I know it's being used ;) and some of the extensions of version 2 seem much interesting. I'm probably going to dig in more and maybe try to do some implementation at work. The GFS talk was also interesting, but the project doesn't sound as mature as the Linux-HA one. However, the idea behind it is very attractive, especially when one consider building something redundant over different sites. So, I guess I'll try to do some reading about it.

This edition of the FOSDEM ended on a talk on how to enforce the GPL by Harald Welte and I take the opportunity to advertise the website he made about those issues: http://www.gpl-violations.org/.

I now eagerly await the next year's edition. :)

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