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My second (and last) day LinuxCon Europe 2012 was less intense than the first, although it certainly had to do interviews yesterday. The second day was more relaxed, but I was able to attend some really good talks, and a particularly fantastic.
After a brief
breakfast at the organization , the truth is that pasta, orange juice and coffee were not lacking in any time-I went to the room Verdi, the main Hotel Fira Palace, where there were two new conferences on the morning shift.
The first, with Marten Mickos , one of the personalities in Open Source, and as you may know was probably the creator of MySQL. For some time devoted to Mickos Eucalyptus , one of the existing Open Source Cloud Plattforms today. The talk, which was called precisely so (“Open Source Cloud Plattforms”) was basically an infomercial of the advantages of their solution, so despite what I had heard about Mickos and talent as lecturer, certainly not lived up to its reputation. There was one detail in his favor, though: today turned 50 years so I asked Jim Zemlin entire audience will sing the “Happy Birthday” on the spot, and Linux users met, and did so with a more than acceptable performance
Fortunately the next conference, also on Open Source Cloud platforms, was more interesting. In it a dynamic and friendly Monty Taylor spoke OpenStack project and how to work with developers. Like many other Open Source projects, OpenStack is a meritocracy that benefits from topics as a test environment and automated code review necessary to ensure that the code is consistent with the standards. Detail freak: the presentation, available here, is made with Slidy, a presentation application that works with HTML and XHTML.
took advantage of the break to chat briefly with the guys Igalia , one of the great unknown Open Source market, at least for me. This company, based in Corunna, has developers in a handful of countries, and although I knew them for their work related to GNOME (especially with the Web browser, before Epiphany) that work actually stems from its dedication to the project WebKit, which is practically the first corporate partner in the developer competing with giants like Google and Apple. But also working on many other issues as GStreamer, QEMU virtualization, and consultancy to manufacturers and companies, which is what holding a business that seems to go from strength to strength.
After the break, another conference, this time from Matt Assay , which for a time was COO at Canonical, but in 2010 he left the company to pursue other projects, and is now dedicated to promoting the use of MongoDB by 10gen company. His talk, “The Next Black Swan in Open Source “, tried to uncover the keys to choosing Open Source project with further . Hence the title (the “Black Swan” is our “Ugly Duckling”), with an interesting development.
Then came the most remarkable day conference, of course, in my opinion, in which Mike Blumenkrantz , one of the heads of the development of Enlightenment, spoke E17 development , a version that has been in the oven 10 years and is about to appear on stage. In fact, just yesterday they released an alpha version, and during the first week of December will be published Beta Enlightenment E17.
Blumenkrantz, a sympathetic developer working Samsung , was the origin of the project and some curious anecdotes about the early days. For example, the fact that when he ran 0.99 GNOME window manager was none other than Enlightenment DR-0.15. Blumenkratz revealed many interesting details, such as the surprising fact that your organization control when patches and commits is basically nonexistent after a couple of reviews of earlier patches that sends any developer, it passes smoothly commits to perform , something rarely seen especially in a project as established and veteran like this.
This is the only talk we videotaped (it was a success), so I will post it soon (though without subtitles, I’m afraid) so everyone can enjoy, including their own Blumenkratz , told me that he was glad that was recorded since the organization of the event only retrasnmite the keynotes, but the talks did not even record the audio. A pity.
Anyway, Blumenkratz closed his talk with a highly anticipated announcement: the final version of Enlightenment E17 , which will be available (“if all goes well,” he repeated) next December 21, 2012 . That in case anyone has not noticed, is the famous days of the end of the world according to the Mayan prophecies
Following that conversation
turn came to Bdale Garbee , which for many years was head of the Open Source strategy at HP but after retiring from the company early retirement he devoted himself working on the project FreedomBox , who started Eben Moglen and aims to offer an alternative to those services that jeopardize the privacy of our data. Garbee explained the basis of this concept that focuses entirely on Open Source software, the relationship with the hardware, although important, is secondary, and revealed some facts about the first prototypes that have been implemented. Also highlighted the fact that Debian Wheezy Beta 2 is now fully installable on those first FreedomBox, which are nothing more than acquaintances DreamPlug. These little devices are just the first step in a strategy that will allow virtually anyone to have such services or ownCloud Diaspora from our house connections and hardware that will be very energy efficient.
At 14:15 we attended our last meeting of the so-called “parallel”, and was chosen “Optimizing the Performance of Linux Servers “, in which Davor Gutierrez , a system administrator Slovene Spanish grandfather, as he confirmed after the talk, did a quick review of some of the techniques that allow get more from existing servers . Time constraints and the large number of concepts involved had made to go faster than desired, but still managed to learn some important concepts. In fact, I was talking with Davor after his lecture and I could ask more in detail about some of the concepts presented in his talk.
No time for much more: I was late for the next talk, so I took a break until 16:25, time you started the keynotes of the afternoon. The first was made by Imad Sousou , director of the Open Source Technology Center, and who spoke on the “Importance of Linux at Intel “. It became clear that Intel is absolutely involved in the development of many open source projects . The most interesting today, Wayland, whose version 1.0 was released a few days ago, as the project DLNA dLeyna (incidentally, all Intel Open Source projects are included in the web 01.org), and Tizen course, with a particularly strong involvement in paragraph IVI (In-Vehicle Infotainment) for vehicles of all kinds.
The last keynote of the day was by Ralf Flaxa , who works for SUSE and tried to provide an overview of the past and future of Linux, comparing where we were 20 years ago and where we are now , and revealing some of the keys to better software development in Linux. The talk, which had the best intentions, it was pretty bland.
then fired the second day Zemlin official inviting everyone attending a party at Casa Batllo , one of the landmarks of Barcelona-sponsored by Intel where Linux users probably have given good account of beer that is served there. I could not prove it, because I had to go back to Madrid. The worst thing is that I miss the morning talk Linus Torvalds (at 9:40 you can listen through streaming prior record), but that’s life: (
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Tags: Bdale Garbee, Cloud Computing, Davor Gutierrez, DLeyna, E17, Enlightenment, Eucalyptus, FreedomBox, Igalia, Imad Sousou, Intel, Marten Mickos, Matt Assay, Mike Blumenkratz, Monty Taylor, Open Source Clouds , OpenStack, Ralf Flaxa, Server, SUSE, sysadmins, Tizen, Wayland, WebKit