On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 2:07 PM, Matthew Miller
On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 07:51:18PM +0100, Brian (bex) Exelbierd
> > On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 07:19:45AM -0500, Josh Boyer wrote:
> >>> Do we have any experience with adding a Fedora themed event to or on to
> >>> a non-project focused event, like a developer conference?
> >> We do not.
> > Except for FADs.
> Can you share some details?
Someone else can probably do it better than me, since the only one I
went to was the one at SCALE three years ago:
but there was also one the year after that:
and at least one before:
Looking through https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:FAD
, a few more
jump out at me:
(and 2010, 2011, and 2012)
(and 2011 and 2012)
But all of this was during a period where my Fedora involvement was
relatively low, as I had young children and a very busy day job.
So lemme put my old man hat on, and let's go back way into the mists
of history, when we had our very first Fedora Conferences.
They were, in every case, targets of opportunity. We went where we
knew there would already be people who would have interest in Linux,
and possibly, by extension, Fedora. We also attached to conferences
where people who *were* Fedora-centric could be exposed to lots more
stuff as well, so they could get greater bang for their travel buck.
Thus, FOSDEM and LinuxTag and FISL and so forth.
I think that was the right strategy then, and I think it's still the
right strategy now. Find conferences where potential contributors are
likely to be, and go there and make Fedora visible.
If Fedora wants to be a great cloud OS, co-locate a FAD with a cloud conference.
If Fedora wants to be a great container OS, co-locate a FAD with a
If Fedora wants to be a great all-around Linux OS, co-locate a FAD
with the traditional Linux conferences.
It's up to the leadership to decide where to spend this conference
money -- but first, the leadership *must* decide what the *most
important goals* are, and align the conferences accordingly. Say yes
to the one or two important conferences where there's potential for
real impact; otherwise, you're setting money on fire for "goodwill".
I understand why someone would want to put on a Fedora conference in
their university town -- but frankly, that's what meetup groups are
for. Far less overhead, far less oversight required.