I’m starting to make some plans for the next Fedora Users and Developers Conference (FUDCon), to celebrate our 10th release and to jump-start development for Fedora 11. I have a couple self-imposed priorities to observe in putting together the schedule.
The conference needs to happen soon after the release of Fedora 10. That’s currently scheduled for October 28, 2008. However, we often slip for a week or two for technical considerations, which might mean November 4 or 11. A major US holiday falls on November 27, and therefore quite a number of people may be unavailable the weekend before (21-23) or after (28-30). Therefore an early December conference makes more sense.
Scheduling on December 5-7 seems like the best weekend overall. The following weekend, December 12-14, is also a possibility, but that may be getting too close to the December holidays like Christmas. Why not January? Take a look at the draft Fedora 11 schedule for a hint. ?
I’ve started a wiki page for all the logistics. It currently says December 5-7, but note that that date can change if we want it to. We really do need to have it nailed down in a couple of weeks though, so the logistical efforts can truly ramp up. Please leave a comment in the signup area (the last field of the table) if you have strong feelings about the scheduling either way.
We will probably not be doing this at Boston University due to the timing. The BU folks have been nothing but superb in helping us with past FUDCons, but they simply can’t help this time around. So we have several options to consider:
- Hold the FUDCon events in hotel meeting space. Network connectivity could vary widely and eliminate a lot of otherwise decent hotels. Likely very convenient for evening food and libations. Not too expensive (maybe free) if we fill 50+ rooms at a hotel a few miles outside the city.
- Hold the FUDCon events at a different university. Good network connectivity, probably. Requires a relationship with the school. Timing might be untenable due to end-of-term exams. Likely free, but might cause higher hotel costs to be close to the school, since most are in the city.
- Hold FUDCon at the Red Hat offices in Westford. Excellent network connectivity, assuming the IT staff makes a segregated, unsecured wireless available (as in RDU back in January). Free. Might be some logistical issues on Friday, such as facility security and access, fitting a large number of hackers into open conference rooms, and not causing a nightmare for a business operation in progress.
Why are we doing this in the Boston area again? The fact that the Red Hat Summit 2008 was in Boston obscures this a bit. The plans I made with Community Architecture back in February were to alternate our locations. The summer North American FUDCon would be held wherever the Summit happens, and the winter North American FUDCon would happen in the Boston area. In both cases, it’s to minimize costs — so we can spend more during the rest of the year on other events in NA and around the globe.