This past weekend marked the 10th edition of the Chemnitz Linux Days - this year must have been my 7th or 8th year straight visiting the event. Clearly a record for me (although Froscon comes in as a close second.
The Friday evening started out with a dinner at the regular tourist trap together with six other members of our local lug from where we moved to the Turmbrauhaus to meet other Free Software enthusiasts over beer.
We did our usual mix of advertising and demonstrating upcoming fedora features (Gnome 3 being the most talked about feature), answering questions, making clear that fedora needs and welcomes contributions and new contributors as well as just having a good time.
The reactions to Gnome 3 which we demonstrated on a laptop were mixed (no surprise there) - some people liked it, some disliked it and some clearly see Gnome 3 (and with it Fedora 15) as a transitional release on the way to greener pastures - just as the 4.0 release had been for the KDE project. For those people that didn’t like the new Gnome look and feel at all I had my notebook handy to show that Fedora is not just gnome but that it’s also delivering top class kde packages, Christoph was able to do the same for the XFCE and LXDE-Spins where he is a key contributor. Together with Joerg who was able to demonstrate the security spin we were able show that fedora is a healthy community that is able to accommodate different flavours and use cases well.
Of the few talks I watched, the one about cgroups left the biggest impression for me. Seeing a fork-bomb being executed on a machine while it was still possible to watch a movie on the system thanks to the fork-bomb being fenced through cgroups was impressive and I’m looking forward to systemd bringing a lot of the goodness to a default install with F15.
All in all it was a great (if exhausting) weekend and I’m looking forward to CLT 2012.