By Mayuresh A Nirhali-Oracle on Dec 02, 2008
The FOSS.IN/2008 was a very different event than what it has been and I think that is how it was intended to be. This year, it was a contributor's event in its true sense. A bunch of folks representing community 'X', sitting together and hacking/discussing something is the only thing one could see at the event. Although, about 1000 people registered for the event, I did not see more than about 450 people at any given time.
personally, I did not enjoy FOSS as much as I have in the past. Somewhere the energy seemed lacking. The main reason I think was simply the fact that number of people around you were far less than ever. Plus, the people who attended FOSS seemed to have a set agenda w.r.t to their own communities. Of course, the idea of FOSS this year in itself was to meet with fellow community members and discuss things specific to their communities, but the whole idea of having far less people around you was not too encouraging.
I attended most of the sessions I planned to attend, but for the Belenix workout. It was on Saturday and I had something else to take care of. The one thing that I am taking back with me from the this conference is my improved understanding of adding SDT Dtrace probes to C/C++ applications. This happened thorough the Gnome/KDE dtrace workouts that I attended. My next goal is to play around with Dtrace and wxWidgets libraries (something that I am maintaining for OpenSolaris recently) and see what probes could help diagnose GUI applications based on wxWidgets.
The rest of the time, I spent at Sun booth, talking to people about OpenSolaris, dtrace, zfs and MySQL. At the booth, we were running a couple of contests/exercises. One, to get people to install VirtualBox and have OpenSolaris as a guest and secondly, we had dtrace one liners printed out for people which can be tried on their OpenSolaris guests. Given the number of people at the event, the turn out at the booth was not overwhelming. I could connect with hardly couple of hundreds of people, which is far less than the previous year. I loved the complete new look of Sun brochures this time and of course, the Sun/Fossin jackets!