First, I wanted to let everyone know that the hotel has extended the reservation period until December 26th for the special FUDCon rate, so we have also extended our pre-registration another week as well. Please sign up if you haven’t — FUDCon is free and open to anyone to attend.
If you’ve been around the Fedora Project for any length of time at all, you know we have a very soft spot in our hearts for the One Laptop per Child project. Now, that stands to reason, since the OLPC XO uses Fedora as its operating system of choice to put learning tools in the hands of children everywhere. Heck, for those intrepid hackers out there, you can even get Fedora 10 for the OLPC XO.
What? You don’t have an XO? Well get thee hence to Amazon and giveth one, getteth one!
But beyond all that, like the folks behind OLPC, we believe that change requires action, and those actions speak louder than words. Our FUDCon events are all about action, where large groups of Fedora contributors, the people who are building tomorrow’s free software today, gather together to push the envelope and plan for the future. We’re very pleased that OLPC luminaries will be joining us for this FUDCon. We’ll have opportunities to figure out how Fedora’s infrastructure and processes can better serve communities like OLPC, and also how they can benefit from our community development model.
And as if that strengthening of ties weren’t enough, OLPC has also agreed to fund our FUDPub event for Saturday night. FUDPub is a great way for everyone to unwind after cramming their heads full of knowledge and collaboration from the BarCamp event that day. So essentially, the lovely folks at OLPC will be covering dinner and one beverage for each pre-registrant who cares to attend the festivities at Flat Top Johnny’s from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. We’ll have some reserved pool tables for people to play shark, and it should be a pretty fun time. Thank you to the kind folks like Ed McNierney for making this happen.