Flock 2018

This year Flock conference happened in Dresden, Germany from 8th to 11th August. We had some issues getting Visa approval in first attempt but we got it in the later attempt. This created some tensions like whether some of us will miss the conference or not. But finally we got to attend this conference.

The travel did not happen smooth, we got delayed to reach conference venue but good that we reached safe with our luggage bags with us.

The conference started with a welcome note by Brian Exelbierd and followed by the first session “State of Fedora” keynote. This was a nice presentation which provided overview about what is happening in the Fedora project. Matthew Miller presented some statistics of the Fedora project on Update server connections, traditional vs module repository usage, Contributors join by release. After that all other project leaders presented about their current work status.

After the coffee break, next session attended was on the relationship between Fedora, RHEL, and CentOS projects and how they are related to each other. Nice session who want to know how each project gets developed , released and gives support to its users. I then attended few more sessions. The last session attended today was on Fedora Silverblue where Michael Scherer shared his experience of using the Fedora Silverblue. Fedora Silverblue is an upcoming workstation variant which is based on Project Atomic. Mainly focused for using containers. The Fedora 29 Change has been proposed for this variant.

The next day attended few talks and gave demo on transtats-cli tool. This tool is written in python and it provides commands to interact with transtats server. The output of commands can be obtained in json as well as normal text format. The other talk was on Modularity release train where I got to know more about modularity release process. In the Fedora CoreOS talk discussion happened on how Fedora CoreOS is getting developed. It will replace Fedora Atomic Host in Fedora 30. Detailed discussion happened for Fedora Atomic Host and Container Linux.

The third day was more interesting as I attended Flatpaks session by Owen Taylor. Its like a container. More information is getting updated here. Soon users can build their own flatpaks on koji and work is going on for this currently. Flatpaks are easy to install and use. Just enable the required repository and pull the flatpaks on your system and start using it. Then post lunch attended i18n hackfest session.

On the last day, I attended talk on new development “Fedora messaging”.Fedora infrastructure team is working on this and trying to make Fedora’s messaging infrastructure easier.

The other talk was also from Fedora Infrastructure teamon deploying applications on Fedora Openshift instance. Got to know details on issues, things to take care while deploying applications on Openshift.

About the conference organization

I really like the way this conference has been organized. Everything happened on time without delays. Hotel room was nice, hotel place was convenient and near to local transport stop.Lunches, breaks for Coffee,social events all was good.

Thanks to the organizers for organizing this Flock conference. Thanks to Fedora Project as well for sponsoring my trip.


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