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I had the pleasure of going to FOSDEM this year and the annual spectacular didn’t cease to deliver. During this year’s conference, my second FOSDEM, I worked with Brian Stinson of CentOS fame to produce the Distributions Devroom.

FOSDEM gets busier every year and the Distributions Devroom was no different. For almost the entire day, the room was filled and we were routinely turning people away for lack of seats. The few times there was a dip in attendance seemed tied to the topic and not the time. This leads us to believe that the program was well balanced and represented the current thoughts and interests around distributions.

The schedule contained:

  • A talk about rolling releases replacing timed releases
  • A rapid-fire list of the goals that were accomplished to bring Homebrew to 1.0.0
  • The folks from Mageia helping us understand what it takes to fork a major distribution and (re)build the community around it
  • The process by which SUSE documents the distribution
  • How OSBS and OpenQA power distribution building and release preparation
  • A talk on the continuous build process used by RDO, an OpenStack distribution
  • How Fedora is redefining the distribution with a core + modules concept called modularity
  • Using btrfs, an overlay file system, for transactional updates of rolling releases
  • Uow using musl libc has improved Alpine and code in general
  • Thinking about the installation of language specific packages, in this case npm, using the functional model from the Nix package manager
  • A brief history of the packaging challenges of MySQL and MariaDB
  • Expanding the definition of source code include more than just what may come initially to mind, including an interesting discussion around the data sets used to pre-train neural networks
  • Using traditional Linux distributions, in this case Fedora, to power Internet of Things (IoT) devices and gateways

Read the entire article here, Fedora Goes to FOSDEM

via the fine folks at Red Hat.

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