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Lawrence, Kansas, USA :: January 18–20, 2013 — General event owners: Robyn Bergeron, Ruth Suehle, Ian Weller


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Event details

The 2013 North America FUDCon will be held in Lawrence, Kansas, on January 18–20, 2013.

FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, a major free software event held in various regions around the world, usually annually per region. FUDCon is a combination of sessions, talks, workshops, and hackfests in which contributors work on specific initiatives. Topics include infrastructure, feature development, community building, general management and governance, marketing, testing and QA, packaging, etc.

FUDCon is always free to attend for anyone in the world.


January 18–20, 2013 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)


SpringHill Suites

Lawrence, KS


We have a block of rooms with two queens and some with only a king. Both types have foldout sofa beds as well. The block is available for the nights of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please reserve your room by December 21. Rooms include:

  • pull out sofa bed
  • mini fridge and microwave
  • free wifi
  • breakfast buffet

The hotel has an indoor pool, gym, and business center with printing and faxing services available.

Check-in time is 3:00 pm. Check-out time is 12:00 noon. Hotel is non-smoking.

To reserve a room, use these links:


To and from Lawrence via airline

Kansas City International (IATA: MCI) is about a 60-minute drive from Lawrence.

If you are flying to Kansas City to come to FUDCon, please add your name and flight information to the flights page. We will organize car pools through that page.

To and from Lawrence via private plane

Lawrence Municipal Airport (IATA: LWC) is about a 10-minute drive from Lawrence.

To and from Lawrence via train

Amtrak has a Lawrence station (LRC).

To and from Lawrence via car

Lawrence is accessible via exits 202 and 204 on the Kansas Turnpike (Interstate 70).

The Kansas Turnpike is a toll road. The toll from the Topeka entrance to Lawrence exit 202 is USD $1.00. The toll from the Kansas City-side entrance to Lawrence exit 204 is USD $1.60. For more information on the Kansas Turnpike, visit

Within Lawrence

Lawrence has public transportation with routes covering most of the city and University of Kansas campus with a trip planner also available to assist with getting around town.


Information about parking on the University of Kansas campus can be found on the KU Parking & Transit site.

Network access


Packing List


  • Appropriately warm clothing — it will possibly snow in Kansas in January
  • Laptop with 802.11g wireless
    • Extension cord
    • Ethernet cable (for hotel and/or hackfest)
    • Optional: Bring a Fedora Friend Finder (power strip)
  • Credit card (VISA or MasterCard) or small amount of cash
  • Your presentation slides or anything needed for the hackfest

International visitors:

  • Passport/visa and any other official documentation needed
  • Converters for power (reference link[1])

If staying at the hotel:

  • Optional: swimsuit, gym clothes.[2]


General schedule

  • Friday, January 18: Introductory session, BarCamp sessions, lightning talks, and hotel party
  • Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20: Hackfests, FUDPub

Rooms available in Learned hall, all three conference dates: 1131, 1136, 2111, 2112, 2133, 2148, 3150, 3152, 3153, 3154. Spahr Engineering Classroom is also available on all three dates.

Friday, January 18

This schedule is subject to approval. Talks will be assigned Friday morning during BarCamp voting. All times are Central Standard Time (local time for Lawrence).

Time Room A Room B Room C Room D Room E Room F
09:00–10:15 Plenary session: welcome, BarCamp pitches and voting, FPL talk (Spahr Engineering Classroom)
12:30–13:20 Lunch!
13:30–14:20 Lightning talks (Spahr Engineering Classroom)

Technical sessions (Friday)

As with all BarCamp conferences, technical sessions will be presented, voted on and scheduled the morning of the conference. If you like, you may list your session proposal below.

Session name Description User level Lead
Creating FUDCon booklets, or "Ian's raptor-proofing talk" A quick overview on tips and tricks I've learned in creating information booklets for Tempe, Blacksburg, and Lawrence, and a demonstration of the tools involved and some best practices in desktop publishing. Intermediate Ian Weller
Creating SECure Linux Containers" A quick overview on Containers Intermediate Dan Walsh
"SELinux for Mere Mortals" An introduction to SELinux (it's not scary at all - you'll love it!) Intermediate Thomas Cameron
"Spacewalk Power User Tips and Tricks Part 1 - Systems Management" Tips and tricks on managing systems with Spacewalk Intermediate Thomas Cameron
"Spacewalk Power User Tips and Tricks Part 2 - Building Packages" Tips and tricks on building packages for Fedora/RHEL - even if you don't have the source code. Intermediate Thomas Cameron
"Building a Software NAS using Gluster" An introduction to Gluster Intermediate Thomas Cameron
"HA Clustering with Fedora" How to set up a high availability application cluster using a shared filesystem with Fedora Intermediate Thomas Cameron
"Virtualization with oVirt" How to set up oVirt, the upstream project for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Intermediate Thomas Cameron
"fedmsg - What's in place and what's next." A look at the past year of development and what exciting goodies are planned Intermediate Ralph Bean
"An introduction to the new Anaconda" Lots has changed about Anaconda in Fedora 18. This session is your handy guide to the new shiny. All levels Adam Williamson
"EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) roundtable" We need to hash out some proposals on handling overlaps and incompatible upgrades. Any EPEL users/developers Kevin Fenzi
"HyperKitty, the next-generation Mailman archiver" Learn about the new web-based user interface for mailing-list archives All levels Aurélien Bompard
"Fedora Cloud Images for F19 and Beyond" Let's plan what we're going to do to make our cloud images more useful to users. Intermediate Matthew Miller
"Fedora Cloud Infrastructure Software in Fedora 19" Develop plans and talk about OpenStack, OpenShift Origin, Eucalyptus, CloudStack, OpenNebula, and all the rest. Intermediate Matthew Miller
"Fedora Cloud Image Generation and Automated Testing Hackfest" Let's get cloud image generation integrated into the releng process, and maybe automated nightly generation. Intermediate Matthew Miller
"Everything you never wanted to know about Secure Boot and weren't afraid not to ask" Discuss where we are with Secure Boot; Q&A. All levels Peter Jones
Fedora Formulas Brainstorming session Discuss if is a viable thing to work on / make happen All levels Kevin Fenzi
"ARM-building exercises: the new build platform for Fedora on ARM" A demonstration of the Calxeda ECX-1000 server rapidly and reliably rebuilding FC for ARM All levels Mark Langsdorf

Lightning talks (Friday)

We'll do lightning talks after lunch on Friday (depending on things). These talks are to be no longer than 5 minutes, at which point we will gong you out. Talk about what you are passionate about, which doesn't have to necessarily be Fedora.

If you're interested, list your proposed talk below. We have time for 10 talks, so please don't list your talk here if there are already 10.

Talk name Talker Comments
Texas Hold'em Poker for fun and profit: Learn how to play before the annual Fedora Poker Game Robyn Bergeron A super-quick overview of the rules of Texas Hold'em.
pkgwat and the Fedora Packages webapp Ralph Bean An introduction the Fedora Packages webapp and related tools.

Hackfests (Saturday and Sunday)

Session name Description Time Needed Lead
Ham Radio Test Session Ham Radio Test Session For Attendees to get/upgrade their Licenses 3 hours Ben Williams
GPG Key Signing Event Exchanging of GPG key fingerprints and identification to enable people to sign each other's keys 1 hour Nick Bebout (nb)
CAcert Assurance Event 1.5 hours Nick Bebout (nb)
OpenShift Origin - Build Your Own PaaS Build your own Open Source PaaS using Fedora and OpenShift Origin 3 hours Troy Dawson (tdawson), Adam Miller (maxamillion)
OpenShift Online - Deploy WebApps to the Cloud Utilize the Hosted version of OpenShift to deploy and/or develop Applications in the Cloud for free! 1.5 hours Adam Miller (maxamillion), Troy Dawson (tdawson)
Features/scheduling revamp Work on Feature process and release scheduling, blackboard needed ;-) at least a few hours Jaroslav Reznik (jreznik)
Meet your FESCo Come and meet the men and women of the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee! 30 minutes to an hour Stephen Gallagher (sgallagh)
GPG SmartCard Configuration Tips for setting up a gpg smartcard with Fedora. Two-factor SSH configuration, signing and encryption 60-90 minutes (should happen before GPG Signing event) Clint Savage
Improving the FAmA (Fedora Ambassador Administration) Mentoring Process Discussion on how to better manage mentoring, tips and tricks, share the current process and improve it. Plus educating current and potential mentors and manatees (mentees). 90 minutes Clint Savage
i18n in Fedora: what's bad, what we broke in Fedora 18, how to fix it? There's lots of badness in i18n configuration in Fedora, and it got worse between Fedora 17 and Fedora 18. Aim is to ensure everyone has a high-level understanding of what a good i18n config architecture would look like, and a low-level understanding of all the bits that are broken in Fedora 18+, and hopefully start some work on some of the low-hanging fruit. Could run and run! Adam Williamson
Fedora Infrastructure Hackfest will plan out specific tasks/areas saturday morning. See for ideas container and lists. Everyone welcome to help/join in! space both days would be nice Kevin Fenzi
Fedora ARM Hackfest Board support hackfest, PA planning, and ARMv7 Space both days Jon Masters (jonmasters), Chris Tyler (ctyler), et al.
Marketing Would like to have a group chat if there's interest. 2-3 hours Ruth Suehle

Saturday, January 19

This schedule is subject to approval. All times are Central Standard Time (local time for Lawrence).

Time Room A Room B Room C Room D Room E Room F
12:30–13:20 Lunch!
15:30–16:20 CAcert Assurance Event
16:30–17:20 GPG Key Signing Event

Sunday, January 20

This schedule is subject to approval. All times are Central Standard Time (local time for Lawrence).

Time Room A Room B Room C Room D Room E Room F
12:30–13:20 Lunch!

Social events




Planning meetings

Meetings are currently not being held. We will start holding them again shortly before funding administration.

Other useful pages:

  1. Most consumer plugs in the USA are Type B.
  2. This doesn't mean clothing is optional if you swim or exercise!