[in the news] Beyond FUDCon: Faces, Features and Future of Fedora

Kara Schiltz kschiltz at redhat.com
Fri Feb 4 17:35:40 UTC 2011

Linux Pro Magazine

Beyond FUDCon: Faces, Features and Future of Fedora
By Amber Graner

The North American Fedora <https://fedoraproject.org/> User and 
Developer Conference (FUDCon) was held on Arizona State University 
campus in Tempe Arizona from January 29 -31, 2011 and proved to be the 
largest FUDCon to date with over 200 people pre-registered 
<http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Tempe_2011#Pre-registration> to 
attend and final attendance numbers estimated around 175 people.


One interesting moment occurred while speaking to attendee, Randall 
Hinkley. Hinkley said he had only been using Fedora for about four 
months. He was from an area near Tempe and while researching setting up 
his own Fedora sever found the information about FUDCon on the internet 
and then decided to register and see what it was all about. When I 
attend events such as FUDCon, it is always encouraging and exciting to 
see those faces who are new to open source, new to a project, and or new 
to contribution when they finally meet the people with whom they 
interact with in an IRC channel or mailing list. While there are some 
exceptions for the most part these attendees already have a spark in the 
eye and a hunger for more knowledge about the project, but upon 
attending events and conferences like a FUDCon find themselves thirsting 
for ways to contribute as well and Hinkley was no different. He was 
excited to be there and his personal participation and contribution 
began to open as he spoke to the various Fedora leaders and community 
members throughout the event. He wasn’t the only one attending FUDCon 
for the first time; however, he was the only one I spoke to who was 1) 
New to the project, 2) Stumbled upon the FUDCon information 
“accidentally” and 3) Was not already contributing but decided to attend 
to see what it was all about.

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