Monday Nov 12, 2007

Boston: FOSSCamp and Ubuntu Developer Summit

I'm finally getting time to post about the event(s) I attended in Boston a few weeks ago.  

On Sunday I caught the second day of FOSScamp and on the Monday I attended the opening day of the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) focused on the Hardy Heron release (Ubuntu 8.04 LTS).  I also got a chance to visit with Michael Goulde of Forreser Research and Peter Brown of the Free Software Foundation.

 
The UDS opening day welcome. 

Both FOSScamp and UDS were held at the geek-themed Hotel@MIT.  FOSSCamp was an unconference with topics for discussion scribbled up on a big board at the beginning of both days.  Matthias "Doko" Klose put me up to co-hosting an OpenJDK discussion with him.   We had a good turn out and a fair amount of interest in what was going on in the space. 

 
FOSSCamp command central: Scott Jame Remnant, James Troup, Claire Newman. 

UDS was open to the public but its goal was "to get Ubuntu developers -- who usually collaborate online -- to work together in person on specific tasks." and actually get specs written.  The summit was divided into seven tracks: Platform, Desktop, Server, QA, Community, Kernel and Mobile.

 
The geek-theme even carried over to the blankets.

I also had my trusty FlashMic with me and bagged four more interviews: Mark Shuttleworth, Benjamin "Mako" Hill, Peter Brown and Rick Clark, head of Canonical's recently created server group.    As of  last week's trip to Oklahoma City, I have no more travel scheduled for the rest of the year and should be able to start posting the back log of interviews Ive accumulated.


Just a small subset of the UDS attendee mug shots 


A wacky building on the MIT campus (aka the Stata center designed by Frank Gehry). 


Claire and the crew of Shuttleworth One - the only way to fly!

Oh yea, and the Sox won!

Pau for now...

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I look after Sun's relationships with the various GNU/Linux communities as well as our relationship with the FSF. Last year, my family and I emigrated from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX.

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