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CUDCon pitch for Fedora Cloud SIG

We love the Fedora FUDCon model. Just as JBoss did with JUDCon, we'd like to start a new users and developers-focused conference around cloud efforts that relate to Fedora and, by effect, Red Hat's cloud and virtualization efforts.

Not-so-tentatively called CUDCon, "Ruminate with us about clouds!", the Cloud Users and Developers Conference beginning ideas are:

  • Go alongside an existing FUDCon:
    • Existing base of users and developers who are naturally interested in the technical focus of CUDCon.
    • Attract wider range and more sponsorship.
    • Cross-seed people and talks so cloud-related talks at FUDCon are also part of CUDCon.
    • Grow attendance at FUDCon by bringing in cloud-focused people who might not otherwise attend.
  • Bring in open community cloud efforts of all backgrounds that are built on an open source stack that include Fedora or its remixes/downstreams such as RHEL, CentOS, etc.
    • Nice-sized ecosystem without saying, "Everyone and everything."
    • Sponsors should (MUST?) come from that mileau - be contributors to open community cloud efforts that fit within the Fedora/RHEL ecosystem.

There are a few reasons for doing a stand-alone conference brand from FUDCon and Fedora. One of these is that it's harder to argue that some cloud efforts fit within FUDCon. For example, Red Hat's OpenShift is built from Fedora-sourced components, on an open source architecture that includes Fedora technologies, but it is not yet entirely open source, so it doesn't have (m)any components in the Fedora package repo. Some open cloud communities may want to play in the Fedora space even if there isn't going to be a pure set of packages to install. CUDCon is a place to have these crossover discussions, as a catalyst and seeding for future efforts.