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This page page explains the original goals and planning done for this event and was used for the original brainstorming. The actual work items we are tackling will be tracked on FAD_Fedora_Talk_2009_game_plan.


  1. To code-sprint our way to a better Fedora Talk system, complete with the following primary goals:
    • On-demand recording and publishing (or at least dumping into a holding pen)
    • Streaming capability for live events (it completely works + documentation on exactly how to set it up and operate at a live events)
  2. In addition, we will attempt to complete the following secondary goals as time allows:
    • On-demand conference room setup and teardown
    • More control over conference room details (moderation, muting, etc.)
    • Better web interface for some limited functionality
  3. To spread knowledge and awareness of the Asterisk system's capabilities among a pool of people empowered to continue improvements in the future.
  4. Document configuration of various clients. Jared will bring a suitcase full of different phones to assist in documenting configuration of clients.
  5. Clean up all the FedoraTalk tickets in the Infrastructure Trac queue by:
    • adding a current status to all the tickets with go forward plan(s)
    • closing as many tickets as possible

Detailed Work Items & Final Attendees

Planning Prerequisites

  • Need at least one subject matter expert
  • Possibly a publictest instance for testing
  • A venue to host (Fredericksburg, VA!)
  • A couple O'Reilly Asterisk books sent to participants 30 days ahead, with reading recommendations


  1. Location: Fredericksburg, VA
  2. Date: Oct 23-25 (Fri-Sun)
  3. Schedule
    • Participants arrive Day 0 (Thu)
    • Hack on Day 1-2 (Fri/Sat)
    • Participants leave Day 3 (Sun)
  4. Important skills (one or more)
    • Asterisk
    • Python
    • TurboGears
    • GStreamer
    • Planning/design
  5. Personnel (people who might fit the bill)
    • Jared Smith (VA)
    • Paul Frields (VA)
    • Jeff Ollie (IA)
    • John Poelstra (OR)
    • Ian Weller (KS)
    • Mike McGrath (IL - going to be remote if that's ok)
    • Jon Stanley (NY)
    • others?
  6. Other considerations
    • Jared needs as much advance notice as possible. His October is much busier than September right now.
    • Jared is better able to do Friday/Saturday than Saturday/Sunday
    • May need to bring this in very cheaply, meaning minimize travel costs overall: play it by the numbers.
    • Jeff Ollie can't do September, period, only second weekend in October or later.
    • Need to coordinate airport arrivals for everyone. RIC is preferred due to traffic from/to IAD and WAS.


Snacks/Beverages: The office co-working site we're using has goodies available for $0.50 (honor system).

Lunch: We'll order from a nearby vendor and have lunch delivered, to keep the activity and momentum going.

Dinner: We'll head out to Fredericksburg at least one night for dinner. There is a possibility of a homemade dinner from Mrs. FPL one night, but if that falls through we'll have no trouble finding a second dinner location. ;-)


Contributor Dept Arrv Dept Arrv Cost
Ian ICT 2:25pm RIC 10:15pm RIC 11:35am ICT 3:00pm $268
John PDX 10:05am RIC 10:15pm RIC 1:45pm PDX 6:45pm $543
Jeff DSM 3:45pm RIC 9:35pm RIC 12:10pm DSM 3:20pm $532


  1. Airfare: $1,343
  2. Hotel: ~$330 ((~$91/night + tax) * 3 nights * 1 dbl occupancy rooms)
  3. Space: We're using the BusinessPlayce office's small conference room on Friday and Saturday. Any night-time gatherings will be at Paul's place, or location TBD. (cost, $250)

Total budget: $1923