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We will hold a 3-day FUDCon a few weeks after the release of Fedora 10, to celebrate the occasion and kick off development of Fedora 11.

If you have questions, please contact the event's organizer -- Paul W. Frields.

The FUDCon will include two days of hackfests and a day of BarCamp. All days will be located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan Building, in Boston, MA USA.

Friday, Sunday hackfest hours: 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday BarCamp hours: 9:00am-5:00pm

Current Attendees

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. We'll use these answers to help figure out budgeting for the event.
  • Put a "Veg" in the Veg column if you would like vegetarian fare for any meals that we provide during the event. We'll try to err on the side of vegan so no one will be left out.
  • Put your T-shirt size in the Size column, so we can have an idea about what sizes to have available.

Use the Comments section for anything else you think organizers need to know, or to offer or ask for space or rides.

Budget is tight!
We typically cannot fund everyone who wants to attend. You can save quite a bit of money by carpooling or busing, and sharing hotel rooms. We will make every effort to have FUDCon be as affordable as possible.

Note: some of the comments below discuss dates which were previously proposed but which have now been ruled out.

Daily Schedule

Thursday, January 8

FUDCon does not start until Friday. Thursday is when most non-local travelers will want to make their travel plans.

Friday, January 9

LOCATION : Sloan Building at MIT.

TIME : Beginning at 9:00 a.m. each day.

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.

More details will appear here over the next few weeks.

Hackfest sessions

Add a hackfest!
ANYONE can run a hackfest, including you! Just pick a topic near and dear to your heart which you'd like to improve with a little elbow grease.
No./Nr. Name $$$ Veg Size Comments
1 Paul W. Frields XXL Back in Boston in January. So happy.
2 Tom 'spot' Callaway Veg XXL Grand vizier. (no crash space, sorry!)
3 Máirín Duffy Veg S mens / M womens
4 Scott Fitchet
5 Matt Domsch XL I love Boston in January. It's why I moved to Austin. Looking forward to reliving those snowy memories!
6 Russell Harrison L
7 Jon Stanley X XL
8 Chris Tyler XL Considering bringing ~12 Fedora folks from Seneca by bus. If you're interested in a cheap/free charter coach seat from Toronto area, let me know.
9 Ricky Zhou X XL Jan 9-11 should be perfect :-)
10 Ian Weller X L Needs hotel room Sunday night for departure on Monday.
11 Clint Savage X XXL Can likely make this based upon advanced notice.
12 Mike McGrath X You can take my life. But you can't take my FREEDOM!
13 Jesse Keating XL Arriving on the 3rd, departing on the 12th.
14 James Laska No preference at this point
15 Jeroen van Meeuwen XL
16 Luke Macken M
17 Bernie Innocenti X Veg M Depends on availability of good tasting coffee
18 Brian Powell X XL
19 Xavier Lamien X S
20 Kevin Kelleher
21 Michel Salim X Might be driving from Bloomington, IN -- any carpoolers, email me
22 David Nalley X XL Might bus several contributors (GDK is at least interested) from SC up - if you are interested in riding, contact me
23 Steven Parrish X XXL Got transport just need a place to stay.
24 John Rose X L
25 Seth Vidal X Veg Wow, Boston, who would have thought it!
26 Ben Williams X XL
27 Dennis Gilmore X XXL Would like to crash at some ones house.
28 Paul Stauffer M
29 Jared Smith X L Am happy to catch a ride from the Washington D.C. area and/or share a room
30 Will Woods Veg S
31 Thibault North X M Anybody coming from Canada ?
32 DaveJ M (pre-baconator)
33 Andrew Overholt X Veg S Looks like I can do about $300 return for bus to Buffalo and flight
34 Jeremy Katz S
35 Greg DeKoenigsberg L Hey Dave Nalley! If you're coming up 85, stop in Durham to get me!
36 Deepak Bhole X L To be confirmed
37 Kyle McMartin X XL what, no bojangles?!
38 Susan Lauber L
39 Bill Nottingham X XL Have spare hotel bed through Saturday
40 Toshio Kuratomi X M
41 Matthew Miller Veg M Chicken is a vegetable.
42 Nalin Dahyabhai Veg XL
43 Harpreet Singh XL
44 Bill Peck Veg L
45 Dave Malcolm M
46 Tim Burke M
47 Jon Masters Veg M Can possibly offer a ride from Cambridge, in the unlikely event that it's very far away. I bet it's in Cambridge.
48 Dan Walsh XL
49 Andy Lindeberg S
50 Jarod Wilson XL
51 Mike Bonnet XL
52 Eve McGlynn S
53 John Poelstra XL
54 Stephen Gallagher L
55 Chris Lumens M THUD
56 Rebecca Sobol X L Will share a room
57 Chuck Ebbert L The cake is a lie
58 Ed Hill XL May (?) have a convertible couch available
59 Dan Winship M
60 Karsten Wade XL Sharing hotel with $someone from CommunityArchitecture
61 Rags Srinivas Veg XL
62 Chris Ball Veg L
63 Bill Cattey M
64 Chuck Anderson M Will there be any cellular peptide cake?
65 Jeff Arnold M
66 Greg Smith L Boston based so let me know if you need anything while in town.
67 Jim Gettys XXXL
68 SJ Klein N Y S May have futon avail in Cambridge
69 Walter Bender XL May have a couch or two available (but in Newton)
70 Ben Schwartz M
Session Name Session Leader General Plan
Build an AmbassadorKit Clint Savage / David Nalley / John Rose Design and build an entire AmbassadorKit
Package Grouping - the future of comps.xml Jon Stanley Discuss the future of comps.xml and package grouping for packaging frontends
Booting Bill Nottingham It's time to boot fast
Docs Project Karsten Wade and Paul W. Frields It's time to kick Docs Project in the tush. All processes should be documented by the time we get to FUDCon. At this point we'll assess them, figure out what needs changing, and DO IT.
SELinux Policy Dan Walsh Writing SELinux policy. Pick your favorite daemon, cgi script or user app, and see if we can write a policy to confine it. I will have a list of daemons that currently do not have SELinux policy in Fedora, if you just want to try to write policy.

Saturday, January 10

LOCATION: Sloan Building at MIT.

TIME: 9:00 a.m. SHARP. PLEASE try to be on time! All the important scheduling and other information about the sessions takes place between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

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

BarCamp Sessions with Owners

Session Name Description Owner
State of the Wiki and/or Wiki Editing to the EXTREME! What we're doing now, what we should be doing, and why you should care, with some information on some more advanced wiki-editing techniques Ian Weller (if attending) and Karsten Wade (if he wants)
Git for Dummies, by Dummies Learning from git masters is wonderful if you can do it. What about learning the simple, getting-started bits from someone who's just good at teaching? Paul W. Frields, hopefully with heckling from a git master when he gets lost
Write Docs with DocBook XML DocBook XML is by far the preferred documentation method for Linux and FOSS. Some Fedora contributors have written entire books in DocBook! Learn how it works -- it's easier than you think, and more powerful than you imagine. Paul W. Frields
Configuration Management Configuration Management with puppet, Puppet Common Modules and Jeroen van Meeuwen
Comps Brainstorm session on comps capabilities and usage and renewal(?) Jeroen van Meeuwen
Spins Creating custom spins, spins process. Include information on what's a Remix, as opposed to a Spin, and how the guidelines differ for each. Jeroen van Meeuwen
State of the Kernel What's going in for Fedora11 (~2.6.30/2.6.31 mergability), general discussion about what we're supporting Kyle McMartin
Performance Tuning Renegade Finding and fixing performance issues for fun and profit. Mike McGrath

BarCamp Sessions Needing Owners

Session Name Description

Final Session Schedule

Times are approximate and may change on BarCamp day.

Time Room Room1 Room2 Room3 Etc.
0900 Speaker pitches and scheduling
1200 Lunch


Flat Top Johnny's, from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. FTJ's is a well-regarded pool hall near the FUDCon site. We will provide dinner food and one beverage per person, as well as a number of pool tables reserved for attendees.

Sunday, January 11

LOCATION: Sloan Building at MIT.

TIME: Beginning at 9:00 a.m.

See #Hackfest_sessions for more information. Continuation of Friday's activities and adding to them based on Saturday's BarCamp.

Travel Details


Boston Marriott Cambridge -- Rate: $99/night single or double occupancy

Making Reservations

To make a reservation, use this handy link and select the following:

  • Arrival date: January 8, 2009
  • Departure date: January 11, 2009
  • Group code: RSFRSFA

This group code will give you the room rate in question. Also feel free to enter your Marriott rewards number if you have one.

OR call +1 800 MARRIOTT to make a reservation at the Boston Marriott Cambridge, using group code RSF. (Note the difference in the group name if you make your reservation by phone instead of online.)

ALL attendees must reserve their own rooms. Room rates are good until December 19, 2008. Information will be forthcoming about how to extend your reservation if needed. If you have any problems making reservations, please email the organizers and include details about the issue you encountered.

Other Hotel Details

One complimentary wireless network access account has been arranged per room.

We have reserved 5 rooms for the nights of the 7th and the 11th for people who require "shoulder dates." Contact the organizers for more information.

Local Transit

The hotel is very close to MBTA (Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority) facilities for public tranportation. It is also minutes from MIT, Harvard, and other desirable points in Boston.

MBTA Kendall Square Station

Area Map via