Problem in staying with @kushaldas and that too regarding a Linux event is your sleep gets mostly screwed as he will be having some responsibility for which he has to start at early midnight (at least for me) and so I have to follow.
FUDCon Day 1
Wakeup call starts at 5:00 am. Brain senses fails to understand what’s happening and why, trying to sleep : but not feasible. So woke up and got ready within 6:30, me and Kushal had to reach Cocoon Hotel by 7:00 to make sure that we all have our breakfast and start by 8:00 am. After a healthy breakfast in Cocoon we started at around our scheduled time with all speakers. We were accompanied with the Fedora Project Leader Jared Smith (@jsmith). I am meeting him first time, and he was really a nice and humble person down to earth. Our target destination for FUDCon was COEP, Pune. We reached there more or less on time and it was the time to start the Keynote Speech from Jared Smith. One great part as a event in FUDCon is that you could see people are always trying to make the things better (starting from the volunteers, to event organizers). Jared Smith’s keynote was very inspiring specially regarding the point about upstream and river, and also “talk doesn’t cook rice”. He also shared along with everybody what he thought were the coming challenges and what is his vision of Future. It was full house, and very interactive Start to Day 1 FUDCon. You can watch the video for his talk here.
Another thing worth mentioning is I met with lot of new people (Fedora Contributors across the world and India) some of them are @praveenkumar, @FranciscoD , @azneita , @jsimon , @rsc , @sagarun (Don’t get afraid by his twitter profile pic, he’s not that dangerous ) , @maktrix , @vaidikkapoor , @SrishAkaTux , @danishka … ahhh a lot of names. Went to Transifex session hosted by @rtnpro. It was a nice insight on the translation platform. Post lunch attended Fedora Web of Trust where I signed my gpg keys, thanks to @azneita. @sagarun ‘s session got a mass audience but sadly I missed it. Vaidik’s talk on FUDCon and similar COD development framework was very helpful, and from that I got some encouragement to get started with COD and Drupal regarding my web development work. But having same clash I missed Sitaram’s talk on Gitolite, you can watch it here . It was nice to listen to his talk on video and also he being from TCS, gives a extra happiness. Ending Day 1 with your own session is the only thing you can ask for, and I got it. When I thought to speak regarding tracing, never thought I will get a audience of 20 or 25+. Had a nice session except some initial hiccups with the projector and the good thing is crowd was bearing with me. It was nicely interactive and people started asking questions after the session and I felt happy to answer all of them. After coming to hotel from COEP @rahulsundaram headed a fun filled gossiping and chatting session involving Vaidik, Praveen, Laxmi, Daniska , me and Ankur and @tuxdna. The discussion went from Politics to God knows what not subject and ended up on horrible lines written everywhere in Cocoon Hotel rooms. @rahulsundaram’s “bugger” was a term I heard more than countable times that day. The day ended with a awesome dinner at Cocoon where @sagarun was the talk of the evening (due to his [or not his] #BabyPink Slippers). @sagarun tasted his first drinks that evening with a Mojito and later did all sort of post actions possible in this world. That evening’s dinner details would take me a page to discuss, so cutting it short here. Day 1 was super smooth, its very rarely of a event as big as FUDCon to go as smooth as silk. Numerous volunteers, Lot of talks and most importantly a group of Friends, that’s what was FUDCon Day 1.
FUDCon Day 2
I hate waking up from bed early in the morning, but the past repeats itself and again we are out of the Cocoon by 8:30 towards COEP. I was super excited from the Day 2 start regarding the FUDpub in the evening. Keynote session started with Harish Pillay. That day the next thing to do was to attend @sagarun’s talk on Django and a hands on on how to create web apps with it. Me and Vaidik was following the session and just after Vaidik downloaded and installed to Django to follow @sagarun’s session, the wireless went off and I coudn’t try anything hands on, just had to listen to @sagarun speak. But his talk was very organized and nice for any beginner (specially his slides). In all these 1st and 2nd day the most peaceful and Speaker’s hanging out place was Speaker’s Den . My laptop wireless was facing some issues and so me, vaidik, Ankur, and Arun was at Speaker’s lounge. After that the lunch schedule started and everybody was busy eating, @kushaldas was busy clicking.
Kushal started making his videos regarding experience of FUDCon from all speakers and on 3rd day from all volunteers. Next pit stop for talks was Security Exploits by @siddhesh_p. Stack Smash Attacks was what I came across when I was working to develop the Interrupt Handler for PMC counters for PowerPC Architecture. It was nice to see Siddesh explaining it with practical examples using GDB. Stack Back Chain and the LR can be overwritten (with assembly hack) and thus used to open something fishy was the major takeaway for me from that workshop. Even Siddesh talked about the recent improvements in GlibC which has protection against such attacks. 2nd day was going pretty good considering both @sagarun and @siddesh_p session helped me a lot to know new things. @SrishAkaTux session on #PyGoocanvas was good considering the amount of college students got interested to know about it later on, and thus they were moving all round Srishti. @SrishAkaTux made @sagarun (The person associated with the #BabyPink Slippers) delete a tweet which I was not allowed or rather supposed to tell.. Oops . There was a all together group photo shoot of everyone in FUDCon and that was super Fun because of the @rahulsundaram’s famous quote “I say FUD, you say CON – FUDCON or FoodCon” I am still confused with the pronunciation as many people pronounced otherwise than FUDCon. And now we were slowly getting set for #FUDPub.
Jared got himself sick so he missed the experience but I can just say it was a experience you need to have. Electrifying atmosphere, friendly people, snacks and food and most importantly Beer. I don’t like Beer, but still managed to drink 3. Dance Floor was on fire as all the volunteers and many of us speakers were into the floor, some started unwillingly but later enjoyed it a lot. Ankur lost all his tiredness created due to his earlier 4 talks with innumerable bear bottles. Arun did Push ups even drinking half beer, Praveen Kumar being lean as a stick managed 7+ beer bottles and @rahulsundaram called me Moron++ after me mistakenly made face drinking water from Kushal’s glass which I presumed to be Vodka. Moron+++ should be Kushal to be drinking water in a f #pub. FUDPub for me was a great event to socialize and interact with people on a personal level and it was awe …. wait for it… some experience.
FUDCon Day 3
Thankfully and nicely we didn’t woke up so early in morning (Nobody was in a state to). We started late at 9:30′ish from Cocoon. COEP was ready to host FUDCon day 3 (#hackfest). I had my hackfest on packaging tracing tools for Fedora, but decided to merge it with the @rsc’s package review hackfest which also had @jsimon, @azneita, @praveenkumar, @FranciscoD. Ankur and Praveen helped me a lot to get through the packaging of my stuffs and also to start packaging pyflag. Lunch was awesome Pizza’s from my favorite Smokin Joe’s. All people were either in the audi or Seminar hall 2 working on various topics of there interest. Starting from Transifex to AskFedora to Dorrie and Puppet. Day 3 didn’t have that rush of talks and thus was mainly concentrated on individual liking of technical hackathon.
After Day 3 end in COEP we all met at Cocoon for Dinner with Jared and the good news was he was completely feeling fine. @rahulsundaram can make u laugh your everything off and he was on his full flow that day. Dinner table was full of fun discussions and leg pulling and of course the never ending #BabyPink slippers. It was a long list of people and all were somehow or the other having loads of fun during the dinner. There came the famous token of “nested bullshit” too by Kashyap After food we all headed to Jared’s room and there began the serious part of discussions relating to Fedora, its future, developments, #whattoimprove , community, challenges and targets and few measures. We had Coffee in between along with few beers. Lot of people left in middle as they had to travel coming morning. I too had to, but I didn’t wanna miss any part of it.
Didn’t sleep the whole night, packed bags till Arun was already on the doorstep of Kushal’s building (where I stayed) to pick me up at 4:00 am in the morning to get the flight at 6:00 am. Whole through the cab we discussed about how FUDCon was and how much we did like it along with many other stuffs (about Arun’s new job). Soon thereafter Arun Boarded the flight followed by me marking the end to the journey of this year’s FUDCon.
Every good thing comes to an end, and so did FUDCon. Irrespective of erratic sleep and wake up timings, irrespective of lengthy sessions and tiresome whole day, irrespective of sleepless night and directly landing to office, this moments which I did spend here for last 3 days would be cherished years after by me. I have attended few technical workshops and conferences across India and few outside, but no where it gave me so many new friends to start with. FUDCon to me was more than FoodCon, it was a friends hangout circling one of the awesome Linux distros I have ever used, “FEDORA”. Cheers !!