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Toronto, Ontario :: December 5-7, 2009 - General event owners: Paul W. Frields, Mel Chua

General Information

Quick Links
Lodging information
Technical sessions
FUDCon area map
Poll data
Planning meetings

Location and Dates

FUDCon Toronto 2009 is located at Seneca College, Seneca@York campus (map), from December 5-7, 2009 (Saturday-Monday). Each day's activities start at 10:00 a.m. sharp. For best results, arrive around 9:30-9:45 so you have time to get situated, find out where you want to go, and so on.


We will be doing specific outreach to the following groups:

  • Greater Toronto Area Linux Users Group (GTALug, aka TLUG)
  • The Red Hat office in Toronto
  • Seneca College and other area EDU's

We hope to provide one or two tracks of new-user training that will help people get the most out of Fedora, while showing them some of the benefits of getting involved in the wider open source community.

Event Details


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 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!
  • Put your T-shirt size in the Size column, so we can have an idea about what sizes to have available.
  • If you are looking to share a room, mark an X in the "Roomshare?" column.

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 bussing, and sharing hotel rooms. We will make every effort to have FUDCon be as affordable as possible.
Are you a Seneca College student?
For Seneca student registration instructions, please see
No./Nr. Name $$$ Veg Size Roomshare? Comments
1 Paul W. Frields XXL Canadians are cute, they spell things funny. :-)
2 Andreas Thienemann XXL
3 Tim Burke M
4 Bill Nottingham XL sure
5 Chris Tyler XL We spell funny, eh?
6 Peter Jones L
7 Peter Robinson L sdziallas
8 Dennis Gilmore XXL
9 Anthony Green XL
10 Andrew Overholt V M You mean neighboUr, Paul :P
11 Kevin Fenzi XXL pending passport and travel plans, but will most likely make it.
12 Paul Wouters V M Local event for me, ask me for local information
13 Elliott Baron XL
14 Kent Sebastian L
15 Edward Kirk XL X
16 Mel Chua S need roommate, either gender fine (warning: I don't sleep much) overholt, stickster: n7r?
17 Michael Ploujnikov M I'm a meatatarian and I live close enough to drive to the event.
18 Máirín Duffy V S depends if halfline is coming or not I'll be bringing a portable usability lab :)
19 Seth Vidal V XL debating going now.
20 Ricky Zhou XL Sure :-) If it doesn't completely conflict with finals (which is pretty likely).
21 Ian Weller $$$ L why not? overholt, stickster, mchua: n31ghb0(u)r
22 Adam Miller X XL X inode0 for roomshare if possible
23 Steven Parrish $$$ XXL Sure Pending passport, Got flight covered
24 Clint Savage $ XXL Sure Possibly coming early and staying long to save money
25 Tom "spot" Callaway V XXL dgilmore I'm not your buddy, buddy.
26 Ray Acayan XL
27 Mike McGrath XL toshio I can't wait to see America Junior!
28 John Rose X L maxamillion?
29 Yaakov M. Nemoy helpful M roomate possibly needed will be nice to go back to the US for a bit, even if it's canada
30 Jeroen van Meeuwen L
31 Fryderyk Supinski XL
32 David Duncan V XL Most definitely require a roommate or two or more
33 David Nalley X XL
34 Roland Grunberg L
35 Charley Wang S
36 Matthew Daniels X M Sure (Please) Just got to make it back for that Tuesday morning final...
37 Martin Duffy L sharing w/ mizmo
38 Jon Stanley X XL yes
39 Sebastian Dziallas X L pbrobinson
40 Xavier Lamien X S yes
41 Scott Sullivan L GTALUG Point of Contact, Great to have FUDcon in my own Backyard!
42 Toshio Kuratomi M mmcgrath
43 Jon VanAlten XL
44 Dan Walsh XL Yes
45 Ben Boeckel X L yes Bus to Boston cheaper than straight to Toronto? Must find out. Also pending finals schedule juggling (forcasting 0).
46 Matt Domsch XL
47 Dave Malcolm M
48 Boris Chao L
49 Luke Macken M Yes
50 Andrew Smith none
51 Deepak Bhole M
52 Martha Benitez L
53 Man Lung Wong M
54 Pam Chestek M
55 Jeff Johnston M
56 Chris Lumens L sharing w/ dcantrell
57 David Cantrell XL sharing w/ clumens
58 Karsten 'quaid' Wade XL Do they have indoor bathrooms in Canadista?
59 Jean-Francois Saucier L Yes
60 Brian Shim S Plan B for accommodations is empty cubicles in our office. Feel free to ask about sightseeing!
61 Adam Jackson M
62 William Jon McCann L
63 Rex Dieter X V XL aseigo
64 Aaron Seigo X V L rdieter
65 Pascal Calarco XL Staying w/family in Waterloo
66 Kerry Taylor XXL Free as Beer!
67 Lydia Bossers S kanarip's girlfriend
68 Rajith Attapattu M
69 Christopher Aillon XL
No./Nr. Name $$$ Veg Size Roomshare? Comments

Border Crossing

  • Information on entering Canada including documentation requirements and restrictions on firearms and other possessions.
  • Information on entering the USA - note that US citizens now require a passport or other approved documentation to return to the USA regardless of the mode of transportation.
  • If you plan on taking a plane to the US and then riding the bus to Toronto, you may need special documentation and a transit visa. Consult the appropriate authorities in the USA and Canada well in advance of travel!


Lodging will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, Vaughan. The nightly rate for a single or double occupancy room (1 king/2 queens) is CA$105; the group rate is good for Friday through Sunday nights; reserve here (short link here) before November 13. Breakfast buffet vouchers will be available for CA$6 each (regular price $14.95) during check-in.

Air Travel

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is served by most major carriers.

Alternately, you can fly into the Toronto City Centre Airport (downtown) from Boston, Chicago (Midway), New York (Newark), Montreal, Quebec, Halifax, Thunder Bay, or St. John's via Porter Airlines. Rates are fairly good, e.g., $95 each way to/from Boston, plus taxes.

From most US locations, it is significantly cheaper to fly to Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) and then take a low-cost bus carrier such as Megabus (under $20 each way)

Ground Transportation

The FUDCon campus location is well-served by public transit -- over 1700 vehicles a day stop at the adjacent transit loop. For more information:

For specific transit instructions between the campus, hotel, airports, and coach terminal, see FUDCon:Toronto 2009 Transportation.


Parking in the Student Services parking garage adjacent to Seneca@York is abundant but costs $14/day.

Parking at the hotel and FUDPub is free.


Campus: The Seneca@York campus has wireless networking (802.11b/g) and web authentication information will be available at registration. Wired access will also be available in some rooms (bring an ethernet cable) to reduce load on the wireless network.

Hotel: Wireless access (802.11b/g) is available in all public areas and guest rooms; wired access is also available in guest rooms. No authentication is required.


General schedule

Scheduling on Saturday
Technical sessions on Saturday are 50 minutes in length followed by a ten-minute break. There is a one-hour break for lunch, and an additional 30 minutes after the last session for people to converse or blog, before the final wrap-up session.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Time Event
0930 - 1045 Orientation, BarCamp pitches and scheduling
1100 - 1150 Sessions block 1
1200 - 1250 Lunch
1300 - 1350 Sessions block 2
1400 - 1450 Sessions block 3
1500 - 1550 Sessions block 4
1600 - 1650 Sessions block 5
1730 - 1800 The Highly Esteemed Fedora Project Leader's World-Famous State of Fedora Address!
1900 - 2300 FUDPub
Sunday, December 6, 2009
1000 - 1800 Hackfests
Evening Skating
Monday, December 7, 2009
1000 - 1800 Hackfests

Technical sessions - Saturday

Refereeing for technical sessions
Note that this FUDCon, technical sessions may be referred or decided by panel or other means. However, we do require material for all sorts of experience levels, so do not worry about competition. Simply propose something you think would be of interest to attendees.
Technical sessions
ANYONE can propose a session, including you. Just pick a topic near and dear to your heart and propose it here.

For Audience Level, indicate whether your talk is appropriate for a beginner, intermediate (current skilled contributor), or expert level.

Session Name Description Audience Level Owner
Effective Bug reporting The what and why of bug reports Beginner and up Steven M. Parrish
OLPC, Sugar, Sugar on a Stick and Fedora Oh My! How Fedora contributes and how you can help Beginner and up Steven M. Parrish & Sebastian Dziallas
How I Got Started with PyGTK SSIA, a gentle introduction to tools and making sense of toolkits. Helpful to know a little about Python, but not strictly required. Beginner Paul W. Frields
Eclipse and You An introduction to the Eclipse SDK, the CDT, Mylyn, and the Eclipse Linux Tools project Beginner and up Andrew Overholt
Designing UI Mockups in Inkscape Inkscape is the ultimate UI mockup creation tool. Learn some tips, tricks, and suggested workflows to create awesome mockups in it. Beginner and up Máírín Duffy
Design Eye for Frightful UIs Do you need a design eye for your frightful UI? Are you a developer or maintainer of a free & open source application and are not sure where to start in improving your application's usability or how to get design help? Learn some of the basics you can do on your own to improve your application's usability, and also learn what kind of prep work will make it easy for designers to help you before you approach them. Intermediate and up (emphasis towards devels) Máirín Duffy
Fedora Electronic Lab in Action: The Moxie Experience So Far This talk will provide an accessible introduction to rolling your own Linux-capable microprocessor from scratch using only the Free Software tools provided by Fedora and modern FPGA technology. This talk will be based on the presenter's experience with the Moxie project, and no special knowledge of electronic design will be required to enjoy (although a sense of wonder and adventure is mandatory!). Beginner and up Anthony Green
Teaching Open Source We'll have a session related to and Fedora's involvement in it, and how this can help you build capacity in your project or bring real-world learning into your classroom (or both!) Placeholder description until we figure out exactly what that is. ;) Beginner Mel Chua
Bootstrapping Puppetmanaged Puppetmanaged can be used to manage your entire IT toolchain, from provisioning with cobbler to managing puppet itself. Come learn how to deploy your entire infrastructure from a USB stick. (Pending success at work, namely, if a actually finish this in time) Intermediate - Advanced Yaakov M. Nemoy & Jeroen van Meeuwen
Puppet Common Modules Why, and how to create modules for Puppet that you can share. Advanced Jeroen van Meeuwen
Secure Virtualization Why you should be afraid of virtualization. Intermediate Dan Walsh
What is SELinux trying to tell me? This talk covers the four causes of SELinux errors. Intermediate Dan Walsh
Sandbox Introduction to the SELinux Sandbox including Sandbox -X Intermediate Dan Walsh
Silverblu Minks and Titleist Golf Balls The intersection of trademark reality and trademark law in open source All Pam Chestek
Panel Discussion: Developers and Sysadmins: How to work together Fedora Infrastructure has about an even mix of Programmers and System Administrators. Listen to their experiences on how their views conflict and how they work together despite their differences. Bring questions! beginner and up Toshio Kuratomi
Session Name Description Audience Level Owner

Hackfests - Sunday & Monday

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. You might find the Fedora Activity Day page template useful for planning your hackfest.
Session Name Session Leader General Plan Prerequisites, if any
Zikula David Nalley the proposal so far None.
FUDBus HackFest Clint Savage Hack on fedora-event-splash, or other interesting things. Nothing really specific atm. Wifi on Bus from Boston to Toronto, might be to and from?
Packaging Guidelines Reorganization Toshio Kuratomi The packaging guidelines are hard to navigate. We need to reorganize them so that packagers and reviewers can easily find what they're looking for. I (and any other Packaging Committee members that are present) would like to have a brainstorming session with other packagers to come up with problems. Then sit down with people from the Documentation Project to work on reorganizing the pages to address those issues. None
Fedora Event Splash Clint Savage Ambassadors need some good tools to help recruit attendees at conferences, LUG activities and other useful events. F-E-S plans to be a portal to this sort of need and will provide a front end for each conference for attendees to get more information about groups to join, etc. In addition, integration into Fedora Community to help manage the new recruits, mentorees, etc.
Session Name Session Leader General Plan Prerequisites, if any

Other Scheduled Meetings

Session Name Session Leader General Plan
Project Board F2F Paul Frields As many members of the Fedora Board as possible will gather face to face for discussions about the previous term's work, elections, and the road ahead for the Fedora Project.
Usability Testing Máirín Duffy Come check out our open source portable usability lab and help us out by running through a quick usability test. We'll be running tests on Fedora Community and the upcoming redesign.
Session Name Session Leader General Plan

Social Events

Saturday, December 5


Following the day of technical sessions, we'll be moving the fun to Dave and Buster's. We'll provide food, pool and snooker tables, and non-alcoholic beverages for all pre-registrants. There's also a full bar available for those so inclined, and a midway full of other entertainment options!

Sunday, December 6


On Sunday 6 December after the day's hackfest sessions, we will be taking a group down to Nathan Philips Square (in front of Toronto City Hall) where there's an outdoor skating rink. Skate rentals are available for something less than $10.

Because it will be late by the time we start skating, we may want to have a quick dinner near City Hall before skating.

In order to enable travel directly downtown from campus, arrangements have been made for laptops to be securely stored at Seneca (with options for delivery to the hotel hack room Sunday night or pickup at campus Monday morning).