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Blacksburg, Virginia :: January 13 - 15, 2012 — General event owners: Ben Williams, Robyn Bergeron, Jared Smith

Event Details

The 2012 North America FUDCon will be held in Blacksburg, Virginia, on the campus of Virginia Tech, January 13 - 15, 2012.

FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, a major free software event held in various regions around the world, usually annually per region. FUDCon is a combination of sessions, talks, workshops, and hackfests in which contributors work on specific initiatives. Topics include infrastructure, feature development, community building, general management and governance, marketing, testing and QA, packaging, etc.

FUDCon is always free to attend for anyone in the world.


Blacksburg, Virginia, on the campus of Virginia Tech.

Hackfests: Friday, Sunday (2nd Floor McBryde Hall) (tentative) (Room Survey)

BarCamp: Saturday (100 and 2nd Floor McBryde Hall) (Tentative) (Room Survey)

FUDPub: Breakzone, Squires Student Center (Tentative) (Reservation Form)

catering corkage fees and license fees


January 13-15, 2012


Please add your name to the list if you will attend. Also, please indicate the following:
  • Put an X in the $$$ column if you need funding to attend, and visit the FUDCon ticket tracker to make a funding request. We have a limited budget and will work hard to fund as many people as possible. We'll use these answers to help figure out budgeting for the event. We are making arrangements for attendees from other geographic regions to encourage specific initiatives such as future FUDCon events, but preference may otherwise be given to people in North America.
  • Put a V in the Veg column if you would like vegetarian fare for any meals that we provide during the event. If you prefer vegan fare, please mark that column VV. We will do our best to make sure everyone is accommodated! Note: "Hell No" and similar statements are offensive to some and should not be included in this column.
  • Put your T-shirt size in the Size column, so we can have an idea about what sizes to have available. Only Unisex (Mens Sizes will be ordered)
  • Roomsharing:
    1. If you want or need to share a room, mark yes in the "Roomshare?" column.
    2. Once you have a roommate, both of you should mark your roommate's name in the block as well.
    3. If you need a roommate, look for someone with just a yes in the column, and contact them via email. If you encounter any problems, let the organizers know.
Use the Comments section for anything else you think organizers need to know, or to offer or ask for space or rides.
Fedora means freedom — registration is free and open to everyone.
You can pre-register anonymously, but now is a great time to create a Fedora account if you don't have one! For those new to Fedora, you can register in the Fedora Account System and follow the instructions there to complete the FPCA. This process usually takes less than 5 minutes. The information you enter below is viewable by anyone, and is considered Publicly Available Personal Information.
# Name $$$ Veg Size Roomshare? Hotel booked Comments (extra line for badge)
001 Kenny Armstrong XL
002 Ricky Elrod yes (scholarship) no 2X Not yet CodeBlock. Breaking things since 1992.
003 ian weller yes (scholarship) no L yes no Not responsible for accidents
004 Kevin Fenzi no no XXL yes (nb) yes Man of many hats
005 Adam M Dutko yes no XL Toshio Kuratomi no chomp();
006 Chris Tyler XL yes no ctyler
007 John Dulaney Yes Steak XXXL Lucas Meneghel Rodrigues no .moarbacon j_dulaney
008 Nick Bebout yes no XXL yes (nirik) yes nb
009 Scott Glaser no no XXXL Andrea Glaser no Sonar_Guy, Fedora Unity Founder
010 Andrea Glaser no no XL Scott Glaser no Sonar_Gal, Fedora Unity Founder
011 Maurice James no no XL no no Moe__
012 Ben Williams yes no XXL Cathy Williams
Jamie Williams
yes Host VileGent Fedora Unity Founder
013 Cathy Williams yes no XXL Ben Williams
Jamie Williams
yes Battleaxe
014 Jamie Williams yes no XXL Cathy Williams
Ben Williams
yes SGS
015 Eric Christensen yes no L Clint Savage yes Sparks
016 Jeroen van Meeuwen yes Hell No XL Xavier Lamien No Dutch
017 David Cantrell no no XL clumens yes dcantrell
018 Chris Lumens no no L dcantrell yes clumens
019 Clint Savage yes no XXL Eric Christensen yes herlo
020 John McDonough yes you're kidding, right? XXL Would consider a fellow bad person no jjmcd
021 Matt Domsch no no XL no yes mdomsch
022 Toshio Kuratomi yes no M Adam M Dutko no Anonymous Badger (abadger1999)
023 Clyde Kunkel no no XXL no no
024 Abdel Martinez yes no S yes no potty
025 Josh Boyer no no L davej yes jwb
026 Peter Jones no no L jforbes no pjones
027 Justin Forbes no no XXL pjones no jforbes
028 Brian Lane no no XL no bcl
029 Oliver Rivas yes no XL no orvtech
031 Rahul Sundaram yes no L yes no mether
032 David Lehman no no L no dlehman
033 Dave Johnson no no L yes no PauseBazinga
034 Frank Ch. Eigler no no L no no
035 Dave Brolley no no XL no no
036 Chris Meek no no M no no
037 David Smith no no L no no
038 Josh Stone no no XL no no
039 Stan Cox no no L no no
040 Will Cohen no no L no no
041 Mark J. Wielaard no no XL no no
042 Simon Sekidde no no XL no no ssekidde
043 Tom Callaway no V XXL yes no spot
044 Major Hayden no no L no no rackerhacker
045 Máirín Duffy no Vegan No thanks Emily Dirsh Yes mizmo
046 Dennis Gilmore no no XL probinson yes dgilmore
047 Jared Smith no no L yes no jsmith
048 Paul Frields no no XXL yes no stickster
049 Zach Oglesby no no L no no zoglesby
050 Ruth Suehle no bacontarian S no no
051 Scott Suehle no Carnivore XL no no Kilted1
052 Constantin DRABO X no XL yes no Burkina Faso FA
053 Justin O'Brien yes no XL yes no @threethirty
054 James Gross no no Med no no
055 Andy Grimm no no M gholms no mull (Eucalyptus)
056 Diego Búrigo Zacarão yes no L yes no diegobz
057 Nick Lambert no no M no: J Huestis no S@Y
058 Jordan Huestis no no L no: N Lambert no S@Y
059 Luis Bazan yes no M yes no LoKoMurdoK
060 Peter Larsen No no XXL No Yes plarsen
061 Valdis Kletnieks No No XXL No No
062 Ben Guzzardi No No XL No No failedassertion
063 Evgeny Fadeev yes no L yes no Askbot, Chile
064 Randy Cone no no L no no rC
065 Bill Nottingham no no XL no yes
066 Russell Bryant no no L no no
067 Mark Terranova x maybe M no Yes ALL Hail the Beefy Miracle!
068 Mathias HOUNGBO x no XL yes no Hi, i'm Mathias
069 Seth Vidal no V XL no no Please be nice to me.
070 Robert 'Bob' Jensen X no XL 073 no B2
071 Robert 'Bobby' Jensen X no youth(s) 072 no B3
072 Perry Myers no no XL no no
073 Jesus Rodriguez no no XXL no no
074 Kevin Mulvey no no L no no
075 Neville A. Cross yes no L yes no yn1v
076 Dan Walsh no no XL no yes
077 Fabio Araujo X Carnivore L yes no Hello :)
078 Thom Carlin no no XL no no Fedora Engineering Services
079 Klaatu no yes S no no
080 Emily Dirsh X no M Máirín Duffy no Emichan
081 Dave Jones no no M Josh Boyer no
082 Stephen Smoogen no no XL no yes bringing his dad.
083 Thomas Smoogen no no XL no yes bringing his son.
084 John Rose X no L no yes inode0
085 Elad Alfassa X no M yes no elad661
086 Mike Barker no no L no no
087 Ben Boeckel no V L yes no mathstuf
088 Mike McLean no no L no yes mikem
089 Peter Borsa X no XL Pascal Calarco no asrob
090 Keiran Smith X no M yes no It's a Beefy Miracle
091 Mark Walker no no XL no no need marwalk
092 Peter Robinson X no L dgilmore yes pbrobinson
093 Pascal Calarco yes yes XXL Peter Borsa not yet pcalarco
094 Robyn Bergeron no I <3 beef M Amber Graner not yet Still thinking of a snarky badge comment
095 John Mark Walker no no XL no no ask me about beer or GlusterFS
096 Lucas Meneghel Rodrigues no no S John Dulaney no Autotest guy (lmr)
097 Calvin Locklear no no M no no calbadude
098 Matthew Galgoci no no L no yes mgalgoci
099 Amanda Barzdins no no M no yes abarzdins
100 Sandro Mathys no no S no yes red_alert
101 Christoph Wickert yes yes M sure not yet cwickert
102 Mo Morsi no no M sure not yet mmorsi / Aeolus Representative
103 Natalie Raven no no S no not needed natalie_
104 Mike McGrath no no L no Not Yet
105 Chris Whitehorn X no M Mark Terranova Yes
106 Xavier Lamien X no S Jeroen van Meeuwen no SmootherFrOgZ
107 Jonathan Steffan no L no not yet daMaestro
108 Maria "tatica" Leandro X no S yes not yet Geek - Photographer - Gamer - Venezuelan - Girl
109 Trever "tdbro" Fischer X no L yes not yet tdfischer, esq., phonominal
110 Adam Miller no no XL no not yet maxamillion
111 Jamie Duncan no no XXL meh. not yet RVaLUG!
112 Dennis Johnson no no L no yes old man
113 Donald Buchan no Beefy-Miracle-tarian XL no no Wearing Phase I. Got Phase II = <a href="">FFF</a>. Where's my profit?
116 Tim Flink no V XL yes - adamw yes tflink
117 Phil Knirsch no MOOOO L yes - karsten (kick) no S390x and PPC Secondary arch r0x!
118 Jon Stanley no Beefy Miracle, please XXL not opposed not yet jds2001
119 Jay Dobies No No L No No jdob
120 Robert Foreman No No XL No Yes
121 M Abed Yes No M Yes No maxamaxim
122 John (J5) Palmieri No No S Elad? No
123 Brad Buckingham No No XL No No bbuckingham
124 Justin Sherrill No No M No No jsherrill
125 Bob McWhirter No No XXL Tall No No JBoss, TorqueBox, BoxGrinder
126 Carlisle Childress No No M No Yes
127 Marek Goldmann No No M No No JBoss / BoxGrinder
128 Karsten Hopp No No L yes - Phil Knirsch No Kick_, PPC and System z secondary arch maintainer
129 Jon Masters V L No Fedora ARM Project
130 Brent Baude No No XL No No rangerpb ppc64
131 Eric Paris No No M No No
132 Mark Hamzy No No L No No
133 Tim Burke No No M Yes Yes Evil manager
# Name $$$ Veg Size Roomshare? Hotel booked Comments (extra line for badge)

Lodging / Hotel

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

901 Prices Fork Rd Blacksburg, VA 24061

Reservations: Click the Link or Call the Hotel Directly at 540 231-8000 or Toll Free 877-200-3360 and ask for the Fedora room block. Block will Expire December 28, 2011.

Cost: $90 per night plus tax (5%) -- Parking $3 per night

Travel Planning

If you are trying to coordinate travel with other attendees, you may want to visit the FUDCon:Blacksburg 2012_Travel_Planning page.

Travel and transportation

If you are trying to coordinate travel with other attendees, you may want to visit the travel planning page.

Getting to Blacksburg

Roanoke Regional Airport (Airport Code: ROA) is the major airport servicing the Roanoke Valley area, approximately 35 miles from the VT campus. The following airlines have flights going in / coming out of Roanoke Regional Airport:

  • Allegiant Air
  • Delta
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

The closest general aviation airport is Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport.

The driving distance from Raleigh, NC is 200-233 miles (depending on route).

Directions from Airport to Hotel

Roanoke Regional Airport 5202 Aviation Drive Northwest, Roanoke, Virginia 24012

  1. exit Parking lot
    Take the 1st right onto Aviation Dr NW
  2. Take the VA-101 W/Hershberger Rd ramp to I-58
  3. Merge onto VA-101 W/Hershberger Rd NW
  4. Merge onto I-581 N/US-220 N via the ramp to Lexington/Bristol/I-81/Blacksburg
  5. Take exit 1S on the left to merge onto I-81 S toward Salem/Bristol
  6. Take exit 118B toward U.S 460 W/Blacksburg
  7. Continue onto US-460 W
  8. Exit onto VA-412 N/Prices Fork Rd/State Route 685 toward Downtown
  9. Left at First Stop Light
  10. Arrive

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center 901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0100

Airport shuttle

Smartway Bus to/from airport:

Consult the bus schedule before booking flights (there is no bus service on Sunday).

(OPTION: rent a Van from University for $40/day for shuttle service to/from Airport)

Map To Event, FUDPub Hotel


  • A = Inn At Virginia Tech
  • C = Squires Student Center (FUDPub)
  • D = Event Location (McBryde Hall)

Local Transportation

Local Mass Transit Blacksburg Transit


At the hotel

The hotel has a significant amount of parking and has told us they don't believe there will be a problem accommodating some out of town drivers there.

Virginia Tech

VT visitor parking information

Network Access

Virginia Tech is a major state university with over 30,000 students and staff, so bandwidth should not be an issue, but portable wifi devices may be handy. Bring them if you have them.

There is also wireless available at the hotel. Refer to the information provided by your hotel for details.

Most cell service providers have poor coverage inside the academic buildings. Verizon has the strongest cell coverage out of all the major providers.

Wireless Registration

Everyone needs to sign up for a guest wireless account (before arriving at the event, please).

  1. Go to the guest wireless registration page
  2. Enter Start Date: 1/13/2012, for example
  3. Enter End Date: 1/15/2012, for example
  4. Sponoring Department: Select Mathematics
  5. Contact Person: Ben Williams
  6. Purpose: FUDCon
  7. Click the Create Request button
  8. Enter email address and select New Guest
  9. Fill out form including check the secret questions and password boxes and agree to the Acceptable Use Policy
  10. Click Create Account

Packing List


  • Appropriately warm clothing — it will probably snow in Virginia in January
  • Laptop with 802.11b/g wireless
    • Extension cord
    • Ethernet cable (for hotel and/or hackfest)
    • Optional: Bring a Fedora Friend Finder (power strip)
  • Credit card (VISA or MasterCard) or small amount of cash (List of ATMs on VT campus)
  • Your presentation slides or anything needed for the hackfest

International visitors:

  • Passport/visa and any other official documentation needed
  • Converters for power (reference link[1])

If staying at the hotel:

  • Optional: swimsuit, gym clothes.[2]


FUDCon is a community event in which the complete schedule is developed interactively starting with an opening orientation session. Attendance at orientation is recommended for those who are new to this format, or to FUDCon, Fedora, or free and open source software community events in general.

General Schedule

  • Friday, January 13
    • Starting at 9:00am, McBryde Hall, 2nd Floor. Hackfests / Workshops.
  • Saturday, January 14
    • 8:30am - 5:00pm. Meet up at McBryde Hall, Room 100 in the morning; 2nd floor of McBryde hall for the afternoon.
    • Morning: FPL State of Fedora, Barcamp pitches. Later in the morning, for duration of day: Barcamp sessions.
    • FUDPub: Squires Student Zone, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Sunday, January 15
    • 9:00am - 5:00pm, McBryde Hall, 2nd Floor. Hackfests/Workshops.

Friday, January 13

Time Room 1
Room 2
Room 3
Room 4
Room 5
1200 Lunch
Time Room 6
Room 7
Room 8
Room 9
Room 10
1200 Lunch

Saturday, January 14

Sessions last 50 minutes, with 10-minute breaks between each session.

Time What Location
0830 Meet up McBryde Hall 100
0845 Welcome and organization
0855 Group photo
0900 The Highly Esteemed Fedora Project Leader's World-Famous State of Fedora Address!
0930 BarCamp topics and voting
1030–1120 Workshops and BarCamp sessions (see below) 2nd floor, McBryde Hall
1130–1250 Lunch
1300–1650 Workshops and BarCamp sessions (see below) 2nd floor, McBryde Hall
1900–2200 FUDPub BreakZone Squires Student Center
BarCamp sessions
Time BarCamp 1
BarCamp 2
BarCamp 3
BarCamp 4
BarCamp 5
BarCamp 6
Time Workshop 1
Workshop 2
Workshop 3
Workshop 4
1030–1120 Intro to Fedora Docs
1300–1350 Intro to DocBook XML and Publican System Administration Study Group Open Source Tools in Design
1500–1550 Intro to Drupal Internals
1600–1650 GPG Key Signing Event

Sunday, January 15

Time Room 1
Room 2
Room 3
Room 4
Room 5
0900 Fedora Insight Calendar use cases hackfest F17 Docs Hackfest Intro to Fedora QA workshop
1000 Anaconda QA hackfest
1200 Lunch
1300 Fedora Insight Calendar use cases hackfest Anaconda QA Hackfest
Time Room 6
Room 7
Room 8
Room 9
Room 10
1200 Lunch

Hackfests & Workshops

Instructions: If you want to have a hackfest or a workshop, please list it below for possible early scheduling of room space.

Hackfests are collaborative sessions to work on a problem, issue or area of Fedora.

Workshops are a classroom style session session (with varying levels of interaction) teaching about software or processes.

Type Name of Event Day(s) Lead Time per session # of Sessions
Workshop Intro to Fedora Docs Sat Sparks 1 hr 1
Workshop Intro to DocBook XML and Publican Sat Jared 2 hrs 1
Hackfest F17 Docs Hackfest Sat Sun Sparks
Workshop GPG Key Signing Event Sparks 1.5 hr 1
Workshop Intro to Drupal Internals Sat Paul Frields 2 hrs 1
Hackfest Design team toolchain hackfest Sat Emily Dirsh 1
Hackfest Insight calendar use cases hackfest Sun Pascal Calarco 3 hours 1
Workshop Intro to Fedora QA: software testing, test plans and test cases Sat, late PM Sandro Mathys 1h 1
Hackfest Anaconda QA hackfest: getting ready and starting QA on Anaconda 17 Sun Sandro Mathys 4h 1
Hackfest Fedora Infrastructure: Revamping our staging server setup, then implemeting it Fri and Sun Kevin Fenzi 2h 2
Hackfest Fedora Infrastructure: 2 factor authentication brainstorming Sat Kevin Fenzi 2h 1
Workshop Fedora Infrastructure: Getting started/apprentices/Getting involved Sun Kevin Fenzi 1h 1
Worksop Using Fedora Infrastructure as a Classroom: Python Programming Fri Toshio Kuratomi 1h 1
Workshop Using Fedora Infrastructure as a Classroom: Releasing Free Software Fri Toshio Kuratomi 1h or less 1
Hackfest Using Fedora Infrastructure as a Classroom postmortem/brainstorm Sun Toshio Kuratomi 1-2h 1
workshop Learning how to use Blender: Environment and Shapes - Textures and Lights - Rigging and Animation 6h María "tatica" Leandro 2h 3
workshop Web Style and CSS: How did we build and how to improove it 2h María "tatica" Leandro 2h 1
Hackfest Rethinking Fedora governance: The Fedora Council don't care Christoph Wickert 2h 1
Hackfest Ambassadors: New FAmSCo election rules and standard operating procedures don't care Christoph Wickert 2h 1
Hackfest Implementing the new spins process in Trac Sun Christoph Wickert 2h 1
Hackfest Xfce 4.10 feature for F17 (only if Xfce 4.10 is in time for F17) don't care Christoph Wickert 2h 1
Hackfest Improving Desktop and Spins QA don't care Christoph Wickert 2h 1
Hackfest Xfce and LXDE on ARM don't care Christoph Wickert 1h 1
Hackfest Hacking aeolus - Using the APIs to deploy to the cloud in interesting ways from Fedora don't care Mo Morsi 2h 1
Hackfest Hacking snap - Adding more custom snapshot targets to take on Fedora don't care Mo Morsi 2h 1
Hackfest MirrorManager TG2 conversion & testing don't care Matt Domsch 4h 1
Hackfest OpenStack packaging & testing don't care Matt Domsch & Cloud SIG 4h 1
Hackfest Making people understand that we are not fedora employees and we have a real life going on when we are offline 1 María "tatica" Leandro & Jared Smith & Eric Christensen 1h 1

Proposed Barcamp Sessions

Please fill in the following grid with proposed BarCamp sessions: (If listed here will be Printed and at the Site ready for your Pitch)

Session name Description User Level Lead
Fedora Test automation: State of the union Discuss the current tools used to do automated regression test on Fedora, accomplishments and roadmap Intermediate Lucas Meneghel Rodrigues
Using control groups (cgroups) to manage resources in virtualization/cloud computing Real world examples of how to increase density in virtual or cloud computing environments via cgroups Intermediate Thomas Cameron (choirboy)
Spacewalk power user tips and tricks What to do once you've got Spacewalk up and running to automate system installation and deployment Intermediate Thomas Cameron (choirboy)
High availability clustering with Fedora How to set up a clustered GFS2 filesystem using iSCSI and run a highly available application on it Intermediate Thomas Cameron (choirboy)
Security Enhanced Linux for Mere Mortals Introduction to SELinux and real world examples of how to use it. Includes some common scenarios where you might need to configure SELinux Beginner Thomas Cameron (choirboy)
Building RPMs for mere mortals Introduction to building packages. I'll cover building RPMs from Open Source software and from binaries from software for which you don't have the source code. Beginner Thomas Cameron (choirboy)
Introduction to Fedora QA Overview on what the QA team and its various subgroups do from the beginning of the development of a new release to its EOL. (Not including AutoQA.) Beginner Sandro "red" Mathys
Creating FUDCon booklets, or "Ian's raptor-proofing talk" A quick overview on tips and tricks I've learned in creating information booklets for FUDCon Tempe and Blacksburg, and a demonstration of the tools involved and some best practices in desktop publishing. Intermediate Ian Weller
Systems Management with Matahari In this talk Russell will introduce the Matahari project, an interface for system management APIs of all kinds. Russell will discuss the architecture of the Matahari ecosystem and how the use of AMQP as a transport layer allows it to scale to large collections of servers in the Cloud. Russell will also describe the ways in which developers and system administrators can get involved in the Matahari ecosystem: by creating agents to provide access to existing APIs through Matahari; by creating their own APIs; by writing their own clients to interact with agents; and by interacting through a command line shell or script. Advanced Russell Bryant


Meetings are on Wednesdays in #fedora-meeting at 17:00 UTC (9am US pacific, Noon US eastern.)


The current spreadsheet for subsidy requests is here.

  1. Most consumer plugs in the USA are Type B.
  2. This doesn't mean clothing is optional if you swim or exercise!