By Tirthankar on May 23, 2008
This was my first trip to Brazil and I would be presenting a paper titled Can you survive a dowtime ? at the conference.
FISL is the largest FOSS conference in South America and probably the largest in the world. This year they had 7417 registered attendees and are hoping to reach 10k next year.
My talk was in the main auditorium at 10:00 AM on the first day. Translation service was available. Since there was a huge queue to register there were around 30 people when my talk started. By 10:30 AM there were about 200 people. Most of them were very interested to know about a clustering solution existing on OpenSolaris which they could freely download and use. Some were a bit knowledgeable and asked some questions on fencing. I did not face any tough questions. Marcelo Leall was also present for my talk.
Other than the talk, I had booth duty. Me and Rafael Vanoni were manning
the OpenSolaris booth at the Sun stall. But after the first day we gave
up our booth space as we were getting sidelined by the coffee vending
machine . We shifted to the OpenSolaris user group booth. At both the
places we talked about Solaris and I also talked about OHAC and how
making their applications HA is critical. I also gave my presentation to
small groups of people at the stall and Marcelo even recorded some
videos. Both Rafael and Marcello helped in translating my talks to
Portugese at the booth.
I also attended talks by Josh Berkus on PostgreySQL, Theodore Ts'o talk on Linux and Ext4 File system and Rafael's talk on OpenSolaris Testing.
The other interesting thing me and Rafael tried was to boot up a OLPC with OpenSolaris. We were not successful but we felt it could be done if only we had some codes that were required for the machine to trust the boot device we were trying to use.
The FISL demo area had a number of stalls from Brazil government agencies like Serpro and from other Open Source companies like Debian, Red Hat, Intel, Google (they were hiring engineers).
My talk on Solaris Desktop and Indiana
I also gave a talk on OpenSolaris as a desktop and Indiana at the Port Alegre Open Solaris User group meeting. People were in general very excited about Solaris but most of them were actually using Linux as their desktop.
Overall FISL rocked and I hope to be present there next year.
Marcelo Leal's Blog entries on FISL 9.0
Day 1: http://www.posix.brte.com.br/blog/?p=130
Day 2: http://www.posix.brte.com.br/blog/?p=131
Day 3: http://www.posix.brte.com.br/blog/?p=132
Some pictures taken by Marcelo
Solaris Cluster Videos by Marcelo
Solaris Cluster Failover demo (part I)
Solaris Cluster Failover demo (part II)
Simple agent to failover a movie player (gxine)
Pictures by Brazil Campus Ambassadors
Thanks to everybody who provided me with the pictures and videos and a special thanks to Bruno, Eduardo, Vitorio, Gabriella, Flip organizing the trip.