FOSDEM ’18, and the CentOS Brussels Dojo

The first weekend in February always finds me in Brussels for FOSDEM and the various associated events, and this year is no exception.

I arrived in Brussels on Wednesday morning, in order to have a little time to get over jet lag.

I have an AirBnB with two of my colleagues, and on Thursday, we cooked a fancy dinner and had a few friends over to share it. I think this is going to become an annual thing. It was a lot of fun, and I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. I kind of wish we could have invited more people, but space is limited.

On Friday, CentOS had a dojo at the Marriott. We had roughly 75 people in attendance, and two rooms of presentations. I was, on the whole, very pleased with the event – both the attendance and the great talks.

Videos from the talk will start to appear on YouTube over the next few days, for those that missed it.

(We’ll have another Dojo in Singapore in March. Details coming real soon.)

Today was the first day of FOSDEM, with the chaos that always accompanies that. As usual, I worked shifts at the Apache, CentOS, and OpenStack tables. As usual, I was exhausted by quitting time. (Ok, quite a while before quitting time.)

Of course, I have to go back and do it again tomorrow.

This event is always exhausting, but it’s also a great time to see friends and colleagues from pretty much every open source project I’ve ever worked on, all the way back to the beginning.  Today I saw Apache friends I haven’t seen in many years, and also got to spend time with colleagues that I usually only see a few times a year.

I’ll be writing more over on the CentOS blog, as well as in the RDO newsletter, so see those for the rest of the story.