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We will hold a 3-day FUDCon in parallel with the Red Hat Summit 2008.

For questions, please contact the event's organizers -- MaxSpevack, PaulFrields

The FUDCon will include two days of hackfests and possibly some presentations, followed by a day of BarCamp. The hackfest sessions will be at the Hynes Convention Center; the BarCamp day will be at Boston University.

Help Wanted

There will be a Fedora booth located near the Cool Stuff Store, outside the exhibit area. There will be a laptop here to use as a Live USB "filling station," and Summit attendees may stop by to ask questions about Fedora and FUDCon. Anyone receiving some sort of subsidy from the Fedora Project for travel and/or lodging should sign up here for at least one two-hour block.

Day Hours Responsible Fedoran
Wednesday 1000-1200 Spot
1200-1400 dgilmore
1600-1730 Jon Stanley
Thursday 1000-1200 JamesBenWilliams
1200-1400 Ricky Zhou
Friday 1000-1200

Current Attendees

Please add your name to the list if you will attend. Put an X in the Summit Customer column to indicate whether you or your sponsor/employer is paying for your attendance at the Red Hat Summit. Put an X in the Need Lodging column to indicate whether you need lodging, regardless of whether you're paying for the Summit. We'll use these answers to help figure out the logistics of hotel accommodations for the FUDCon event.

No./Nr. Name Summit Customer? Need Lodging? Comments
1 MatthewCascio
2 RahulSundaram X (Intend to if I get sponsored)
3 RickyZhou X Can't wait!
4 ColinWalters X (I have space for 1-2 people at my apartment, send mail:
5 Dennis Gilmore
6 MattDomsch X (presenting at Summit Thursday afternoon)
7 MikeMcGrath X
8 JonathanRoberts X (would love to if I can get sponsorship)
9 MairinDuffy (I can put folks up at my apt)
10 JesseKeating (may be able to host one person)
11 BobGorman Fedora Enthusiast, RHCE, Red Hat Partner
12 PeterJones
13 JohnPoelstra X
14 EugeneTeo X (if I get sponsored)
15 JonStanley X
16 JeroenVanMeeuwen X
17 TomCallaway
18 WillWoods (assuming I get travel worked out)
19 WarrenTogami
20 TimSpaulding
21 HarishPillay X (if I get sponsored)
22 PaulFrields X
23 GregDeKoenigsberg X
24 JackAboutboul X
25 DimitrisGlezos X (submitted an abstract for the Summit too)
26 KyleMcMartin x
27 RexDieter X rooming with a certain project leader, hopefully :)
28 DaveJones
29 MichaelDeHaan X X
30 MaxSpevack X
31 NalinDahyabhai
32 PaulStauffer
33 LukeMacken
34 JaredSmith X (assuming I can get travel arranged)
35 N/A X (dropped attendance)
36 EdHill
37 N/A (dropped attendance)
38 SankarshanMukhopadhyay X (assuming the travel plans and logistics work out)
39 ClintSavage X If anyone needs a place to crash, I have booked a room with two queens. Friday and Saturday night.
40 ChristopherBlizzard
41 RichardJones
42 BrianPowell X
43 BenjaminKreuter X
44 KevinFenzi X Arrive wed afternoon, leave sunday morning.
45 RexDieter X
46 ChrisTyler X
47 DianeTyler X
48 BillNottingham X X
49 JasonTibbitts X tentative on employer approval
50 GradyLaksmono X (would love to if I can get sponsorship)
51 JeremyKatz
52 ChrisRicker X X
53 SethVidal X Significant other will be attending, as well
54 DavidCantrell X
55 KarstenWade X X
56 ChrisLumens
57 JohnSelmys X
58 AndrewOverholt X
59 DavidZeuthen X
60 JamesBenWilliams X X
61 JamesLaska X
62 JoshBressers X
63 DavidLutterkort X X
64 ToshioKuratomi X
65 ChristopherAillon x
66 JonathanSteffan x
67 MatthewMiller (Boston University)
68 BillPeck
69 MikeMcLean X
70 KevinVerma (not visiting, change of plans -- regrets)
71 MikeMcGrath
72 JarodWilson could probably house someone
73 RaymondChan X
74 Ray Cote
75 WilliamJonMcCann
76 MatthiasClasen Only Thu/Fri
77 MarkCox X Only Thu/Fri
78 AlexMaier Only Saturday
79 Jim Gettys Only Thu/Fri (OLPC)
80 IanWeller X
81 MauricioPretto will split my time between redhat summit and FUDCon
82 Benjamin "Mako" Hill
83 HansPicht x
84 Gonzalo Muelas Serrano x
85 AnkitPatel
86 FrancescoCrippa X
87 Randy Witlicki Only Thu or Fri
88 MattMillard X Fedora enthusiast, RH Customer
89 StephenSmoogen X Old-timer
90 MikeBonnet Where is FUDPub this year?
91 Mark Clanton X Interested in all thing Linux
92 AlasdairKergon
93 Will Kahn-Greene PCF; Interested in Miro hacking and desktop stuff
94 ThorstenLeemhuis X
95 CliffordPerry Presenting at Summit and assisting in a Lab session
96 Len DiMaggio Fan of all things Linux, open source
97 Kim Quirk OLPC
98 Michael Stahnke Presenting at summit, have other topic for FUDcon
99 Nik Conwell
100 Chuck Anderson
101 Dan Walsh Presenting at summit, have other topic for FUDcon
102 Casey Dahlin
103 Sean Millichamp X
104 Nick Soulliere X
105 Chris Ball OLPC
106 Barton Geroge Interested in packaging Sun Software for Fedora; podcasts
107 Justin Sherrill
108 Franklin H. Chasen
109 Mike L. Miller X Only partial Thu and Fri as I can
110 Michael Stone OLPC
111 Lucia Losi X
112 Aaron Sherman
113 Joseph Szep Boston University
114 Randy Cole
115 Thomas Fitzsimmons
116 Debra Williams Cauley Addison Wesley
117 SatishMohan
118 TedRoche X
119 Uday Prakash
120 DaveMalcolm
121 BryanJSmith X See --> Hotel (Fri night only): I have room for three (3) more people
122 TimBurke Sat barcamp
123 JonMasters At RH Summit, so likely just making Sat barcamp

Daily Schedule

Wednesday June 18

FUDCon does not start until Thursday, but Wednesday is the first day of the Red Hat Summit .

Thursday June 19 & Friday June 20

LOCATION : Hynes Convention Center

Attendees to FUDCon will receive a different badge than attendees to the Red Hat Summit.

FUDCon is free to attend. You do not need to pre-register to attend, but pre-registration gives us a better idea of how to plan for food and space.

Coffee, drinks, and snacks will be available for FUDCon attendees.

FUDCon attendees will be able to wander in the Red Hat Summit Exhibition Hall. Additionally, all FUDCon attendees will be able to attend all of the Open Source tracks in the Red Hat Summit.

We will have three rooms in the Convention Center. One is a large room that holds approximately 200 people. There will be presentation style seating for approximately 100, as well as ten (10) round tables that will seat 8-12 people for workgroup formation. It will also have a podium, an A/V screen, and a couple tables with chairs at the front of the room. Any opening ceremonies happen in this room, as well as a special event on Thursday afternoon. There will be two smaller rooms that hold four (4) roundtable workgroups each. There will be plenty of whiteboards available for all the workgroups. We will also have a lobby area for registration, swag, and other displays.

On Thursday at 4:00 p.m., Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst will do a talk in the large FUDCon room.

There will be a series of lightning talks on Thursday evening following the hackfest, in the large room. A laptop will be available with standard Fedora software like and Evince for presentation slides. Note that slides are DISCOURAGED unless you use a format like Pecha Kucha .

Hackfest sessions

  • Session Name
  • Session Leader
  • General plan


  • Leader: Michael DeHaan
  • work on new modules and features for Func and also hack on the FuncWeb user interface


  • Leader: Chris Tyler
  • work out what's needed to improve multiseat support in Fedora. All the pieces are there, but the default configs of many of the pieces are not multiseat-friendly


  • Leader: Andrew Overholt
  • Introduction to Eclipse hacking. Maybe hack on specfile editor or koji integration.

Python and Unicode

  • Leader: JeremyKatz
  • Let's go through and clean up the unicode handling in various things within Fedora that are written in python. This will include making various bindings properly handle unicode strings (newt springs to mind) as well as other things.

SELinux, RPM, chroots, and you

  • Leaders: KarstenWade, EricParis, JesseKeating, SomeRPMPerson?
  • Compile current discussions and status around SELinux, RPM, etc.; make an action plan; start doing stuff; present results at BarCamp

First aid kit plugin development

Lightning Talks:

Saturday June 21

LOCATION: Boston University

This will be the Bar Camp day of presentations, sessions, and talks. Lunch will be provided. Attendance is free. At the end of the day, there will be a FUDPub, location TBD.

Session proposals with owners:

  1. Session Name -- Description -- Owner
  2. Fedora bug triage, update and recruitment :) -- Update on bug triage initiative, in person training, recruitment of new contributors -- JonStanley, JohnPoelstra
  3. Fedora contributor changes -- Status report on lowering barriers initiatives -- PaulFrields & MikeMcGrath
  4. Func -- The Fedora Network Controller (What Is It / New Stuff / Future) -- Michael DeHaan (+others?)
  5. Cobbler -- Deploy Physical And Virtual Systems The Easy Way (What Is It / New Stuff / Future) -- Michael DeHaan
  6. DocBook and the Fedora Docs Project -- An introduction to DocBook and some of the other tools the Fedora Docs Project uses -- JaredSmith and PaulFrields (+others?)
  7. Eclipse stuff -- Intro, tools you can use, how to hack, etc. -- AndrewOverholt
  8. PolicyKit stuff -- What it is, how it works, why it matters -- DavidZeuthen
  9. Augeas -- What it is, how it works, why it matters -- DavidLutterkort
  10. Python-2.x and Unicode -- Understanding why this seems insane and how to make it better -- ToshioKuratomi
  11. Fedora Package VCS 2.0 -- A serious discussion of what we want our package VCS to do and support so that we can actually replace CVS one day. (this is not a my vcs is better than your vcs flamewar) -- JesseKeating
  12. Seneca and Fedora -- Creating long-term contributors to open source communities -- ChrisTyler
  13. Usability testing of -- talk about the new usability testing initiative and how we can test with our friends and family -- IanWeller, MairinDuffy? and anyone else who wants to help
  14. Theories of measuring maturity of a Linux Infrastructure -- General discussion (Michael Stahnke)

Sessions people would like to see that need an owner:

  1. Upstart -- Why replacing an aging init is a good thing
  2. SELinux, RPM, chroots, and you -- Get an update on how the hackfest went, hear what is coming next

Travel Details


United Airlines is the official travel partner for Red Hat Summit and is offering Summit and FUDCon attendees special discounted reservations unavailable to the general public. Call United's toll-free number (800) 521-4041 seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST. Please refer Meeting ID Number 515GB to take advantage of promotional fares that give you the greatest discount.

The same discounts apply on United Express. Mileage Plus members receive full credit for all miles flown to this meeting. If you reside outside the United States, please call your local United office to receive these savings.


Summit Hotels

These hotel rates have been secured for the Red Hat Summit but FUDCon attendees can use them too. The hotels are all very close to the T's green line, and thus convenient to Boston University.

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Sheraton Boston Hotel

Connected to the Hynes Convention Center - Rate is $219 per night

Nestled in the charming and historic Back Bay, the Sheraton Boston Hotel is ideally situated for business and leisure travelers making us the region’s premiere hotel and convention venues. The hotel offers an indoor connection to the Hynes Convention Center and over 200 shops at The Shops at the Prudential Center and Copley Place Mall. Restaurants offering every type of cuisine and setting are also located under the same off as the Sheraton.

All 1,216 guest rooms feature our signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper TM Bed, High Speed Internet Access, individual climate controls, and a new communications package which offers one low fixed price in room movies, coffee and tea maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, unlimited domestic long distance phone calls, operator assistance, local phone calls, and toll free 1-800 calls. Our Atlantis Sports Club is a state of the art fitness facility.

Hotel Services:

  • Check-In Time: 3pm
  • Check-Out Time: 12pm
  • Valet Parking: $41.00 per day with in/out privileges (subject to change)
  • Self Parking: $39.00 each time you enter (subject to change)
Hilton Boston Back Bay

Across the Street from the Hynes Convention Center - Rate is $239 per night

Enjoy New England-style charm and sophistication at Hilton Boston Back Bay.

A $19 million renovation has transformed the property into a state-of-the-art hotel. All 385 guest rooms, the lobby, dining establishments and public areas have been updated. Ideally located in the heart of Boston's prestigious and historic Back Bay neighborhood, the Hilton is only four miles from Logan International Airport and right across the street from the Hynes Convention Center. Some of Boston's leading attractions including Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Boston Common are also easily accessible from the hotel.

Hotel Services:

  • Check-In Time: 3:00pm
  • Check-Out Time: 12:00pm
  • Self Parking: $35.00 per night (subject to change)
  • Valet Parking: $39.00 per night (subject to change)

Deposit Information & Cancellation Policy: A credit card number is required at the time of reserving your room and will be used to guarantee your reservation only.

Policy Details

Hotel accommodations and rates are based upon availability and are valid until May 20, 2008, at which time they are subject to change. Hotel rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 12.45% per room, per night) and are not included in the rate. This discounted hotel room rate is only available through IDG World Expo. Room rates include a rebate to IDG World Expo to offset production costs.

Reservations may be changed, based upon availability, or canceled until 72 hours prior to your scheduled arrival date without penalty. Cancellations received less than 72 hours prior to your scheduled arrival date will be charged one-night's room and tax.

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