Max and I just spent a half-hour with the lovely and talented Leigh Day. She is the guru of Red Hat PR. She is also the person in charge of the Red Hat Summit. The topic of our discussion: the future of FUDCon.
We’ve been having FUDCons now for almost three years. They’ve always been relatively ad hoc affairs, happening whenever the time has seemed right to have one. In the beginning, that’s exactly how they had to be, if they were going to happen at all.
But now the Fedora community is larger and more established, and Fedora has taken its place as the leading innovator in the world of Linux distributions. The release process has improved to a point where Fedora release dates will be highly predictable; the new feature process is evolving to be more inclusive and more effective; and now it’s time to make sure that FUDCon is at the heart of this process.
Here’s the current proposal, then, for the future of the big FUDCons. If you don’t like these proposals, fill up my blog with complaints, criticisms, conuter-proposals, etc. You know the drill.
1. Next proposed FUDCon: January 11-13, 2008, at Red Hat HQ in Raleigh. Yeah, not that exciting, but we have the space, we have the time to make it happen, it’s at a reasonably good time in the Fedora cycle, and Max and I know all the best bars.
2. Next proposed FUDCon after that: June 18-21, 2008, possibly in Boston, possibly associated with the Red Hat Summit — but without the hefty fees. 🙂 Attendance free to all community folks. At a *really* good time in the release cycle.
3. In future, there will be more Red Hat Summits, all over the world. And the rule of thumb will be: where there is a Summit, there is a FUDCon, attendance free for community folks. If it’s not a perfect time in the release cycle, that’s ok; it’s still a great excuse to get smart Fedora folks together, buy them some drinks, and Get Something Done.
4. In future, there will always be a FUDCon in December (about 6 weeks after the annual Halloween release) and June (about 6 weeks after the annual May Day release).
Feedback welcome and encouraged. Lemme know.