February 7th, 2018

FOSDEM and Fedora

I have been going to FOSDEM on and off for the last nine years or so, and I have somewhat notoriously described it as 10 pounds of conference in a 5 pound sack. It is the sort of conference where European FOSS contributors and users can be assumed to be present (and lots of other international ones as well). I like FOSDEM, I like that it is community run, I like the wide range of topics it covers, and I even like Brussels (I mean, beer, cheese, and chocolate, how can you go wrong). I do wish they would find a larger venue (my 6'4" body does not fit into most of the seats that the devrooms use), or a longer duration (there are too many devrooms going at once, and too many people who wish to be in those devrooms), but I don't expect these things to change.

This year, I spoke at the CentOS Dojo before FOSDEM, the first time I have done so. I spoke on the topic of using the Developer Toolset to build modern code on CentOS/RHEL, specifically in my case, Chromium. There wasn't a lot to say on it, to be honest, since it can be summarized as "Chromium uses C++14 features not in the CentOS gcc, using Developer Toolset makes it build", but I tried to make it interesting with pictures and details.

I helped out at the Fedora booth during the first day of FOSDEM, though, we had so many Fedora ambassadors, there was not a lot for me to do. We had our usual table right by the doors (which meant it was cold). While I thought we did fine, there were a few things that we could have done better:

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