FOSS.in Day 3 (Day 1 for me)

Opening Mood: Amazed would be a good word. Astounded would be a better one.
Opening Song: None. But probably a good time to switch on the Radio.

My first day at FOSS.in was a pretty eventful one.

Me and some of my colleagues had registered online but had not collected our delegate badges yet. So we didn’t want to do it when there was a heavy rush and thus we decided to reach the place pretty early. The registration desk opened at 8:30 AM and we started off from Domlur at 7:45 AM. And how?! Five people in one auto-rickshaw. The last time I did such an insane thing was when I was in my primary school and our auto-driver used to carry some ten kids to the school, but here we had five fully grown people!

Well, we reached in time, collected our passes and had breakfast at the India Coffee House which is present inside the IISc campus (You should try out the heavenly coffee out there).

I attended the keynote speech by Naba Kumar who is one of the main developers of Anjuta, the development studio. I had used this a long time ago, before I used eclipse and subsequently abandoning all IDEs.

The next one was on “How and why you should be a kernel hacker” by James Morris, the SELinux  person from Redhat which again was interesting for me atleast, since I am relatively inexperienced in the Linux Kernel Community. He confirmed what Thomas said yesterday, that the only person who reads all the mails on LKML is Andrew Morton!

Post lunch we had talks on probably two of the most exciting projects that are active in the Linux Kernel today. The first one was on Virtualization, by Rusty Russel on “lguest: Hacking the the Little Linux Hypervisor”. The talk was very engaging as Rusty “unreliably” took us through the remarkably reliable process of hacking your own little hypervisor. And after the talk, Rusty made sure that the Q&A session was very interactive by offering(throwing) a Koala bar to anyone who asked a interesting question!

The next talk was by Thomas Gleixner on Realtime Kernel, again another hot area with people going really crazy and doing a whole bunch of stuff which Linus would have probably damned a couple of years ago (Priority Inheritance, for one!). Thomas spoke about what exactly is the realtime effort is all about, what it has to offer to a user, and what can we, as users do to contribute to it.

I skipped the last session to check out the demo of lguest at the HackCenter, where dhaval managed to find a problem with Lguest that Fedora8 shipped by default. That was a really cool session where Rusty told us how some of the “intuitive” stuff in the launcher works while it’s starts running the guest bzImage.

And yeah, after the conference we had dinner with Rusty, Thomas, a few people from ABB and a few of my collegues. All in all, it was a really productive day at the FOSS event!

Looking forward to tomorrow’s events! See you there 🙂

Closing Song: None
Closing Mood: Sleepy, so good night!

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About gautshen

A jack of many trades of which , Linux Kernel Programming puts food on the table. Also pursuing his PhD in the area Theoretical Computer Science at the Chennai Mathematical Institute. Is an avid reader interested in the Hindu traditions and philosophy. Loves Bicycling and Good Music. Name is Ranjal Gautham Shenoy.
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