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Zurich, Switzerland :: September 17 - 19, 2010

The primary owners of this event are Sandro Mathys & Marcus Moeller, with some help and budget from Red Hat's Community Architecture team.

Quick reference

FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developer's Conference, an opportunity for all who contribute to or use Fedora to meet, learn, plan, and hack. This event is free and is open to everyone. For a taste of what a FUDCon is like, you can view a video from a previous FUDCon.

This year FUDCon EMEA will be proudly hosted by FrOSCamp 2010 on the premises of the ETH Zurich. This goes as far as that the unknowing user might not even be able to separate them as there will be a single agenda for both. Of course FUDCon will have Fedora dedicated rooms and FrOSCamp will have their own rooms - there'll be only one shared keynote room tho. Both events take place in the same building at the same time (no FrOSCamp on Sunday tho) and share lots of resources and hopefully also a part of the audience. Seeing FrOSCamp and FUDCon participants in some sort of productive exchange would be great! After all Fedora is friends with all other major distributions, upstream, downstream and all other projects oriented towards free and open source.

Even the party on Friday evening is open for everyone from both events. There'll be a FUDPub targeted mainly for the FUDCon audience on Saturday evening, but of course friends are always welcome there too.

Take a look at our Facebook page for regular updates and news as well as stunning pictures from the event.

Survival Guide: Those planning to attend FUDCon Zurich 2010 might find our survival guide helpful.

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Everyone is responsible to book a room from our room contingent in our event hotel on their own. Please see FUDCon:Zurich_2010_Accommodation for further details.

Event details

For more FUDCon Toronto 2011 Reference:

FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developer's Conference, an opportunity for all who contribute to or use Fedora to meet, learn, plan, and hack. This event is free and is open to everyone. To learn about what a FUDCon is like, you can view a video from the last North American FUDCon.

Opening Times

Doors open at 09:00 and the programm starts at 10:00 and goes on until 18:00, doors closing at 19:00. But don't think it'll be a boring evening - there's social events planned until midnight and there's always a bar open later on!



Day 1 - Friday, 2010-09-17


Time Room Session Name Description Audience Level Owner
10:00 - 10:45 C 14 Welcome to FUDCon Zurich 2010 Welcome message from the FPL, official start of FUDCon Zurich keynote Jared Smith
11:00 - 11:45 C 14 Fedora QA: What we do and how you can help A guide to all the Fedora QA activities, and how anyone can join in everyone Adam Williamson
12:00 - 12:45 C 14 Perl in Fedora Dual-lived modules, news from perl 5.12, ... intermediate Marcela Mašláňová
14:00 - 14:45 C 14 Going the open source way We went from proprietary code to open source with Spacewalk project two years ago. Lessons we learned. beginner Miroslav Suchy
15:00 - 15:45 C 14 Fedora Management and Configuration Interface DBus based configuration interface, next-gen system config tools intermediate Jaroslav Reznik
16:00 - 16:45 C 14 How to live with SELinux what is SELinux, how does it works, how to implement the predefined policies and how to create custom policies? intermediate Bert Desmet
17:00 - 17:45 C 14 Introduction to Inkscape and Gimp You know you've always wanted to figure out what the heck you are doing when you load up Inkscape and Gimp. Learn how here. We'll walk through some sample projects including pony extrusion and lolcat creation. beginner (useful to users and developers) Máirín Duffy


Time Room Session Name Description Audience Level Owner
11:00 - 12:45 G 22 Introduction to Fedora Packaging Learn how to make a Fedora package that will pass review beginner - intermediate Tom "spot" Callaway
14:00 - 15:45 G 22 Fedora campus ambassadors roundtable about the campus ambassadors project everyone Bert Desmet
16:00 - 17:45 G 22 Release Engineering SOPs Fedora Release Engineering is working on drafting Standard Operating Proceedures to cover the tasks we do to make Fedora happen. Join the fun and help create wiki pages and review tasks, it'll be a blast! (Raptor free zone, I promise!) beginner and up (useful for contributors) Jesse Keating

See also: FrOSCamp schedule

Day 2 - Saturday, 2010-09-18


Time Room Session Name Description Audience Level Owner
10:00 - 10:45 C 14 Fedora Future The FPL presents a vision for the next 12-18 months for Fedora keynote Jared Smith
11:00 - 11:45 C 14 AutoQA introduction (PDF) What exactly is AutoQA (automated testing framework for Fedora project), how it is/will be used, how it will influence your life, why you should be interested in it, how can you help us, how to include your own tests in it. intermediate (developers, testers, package maintainers) Kamil Páral
12:00 - 12:45 C 14 Tito Tool to manage releases of dozen packages from one git repo. intermediate Miroslav Suchy
14:00 - 14:45 C 14 Publishing Technical Documentation with DocBook and Publican An introduction to DocBook and Publican for people who want to write and publish technical documentation beginner - intermediate Jared Smith
15:00 - 15:45 C 14 Working with dist-git Fedora recently switched source control systems and work tools to use with it. This talk will go over the conversion and the new tools. beginner and up (useful for contributors) Jesse Keating
16:00 - 16:45 C 14 Legal and Licensing Discuss the legal issues surrounding Fedora from a hacker perspective everyone Tom "spot" Callaway
16:00 - 16:45 G 22 OpenSCAP Introduction to automated system configuration scans, security checklists and configuration profiles. Current status in Fedora 14 and plans for the future people interested in security, admins who maintain more then 3 servers :), anyone curious Peter Vrabec
17:00 - 17:45 C 14 Introduction to Voice over IP A gentle introduction to modern telephony, with emphasis on VoIP beginner Jared Smith
17:00 - 17:45 G 22 SELinux features sVirt, sandbox, ... everyone Eduard Benes


Time Room Session Name Description Audience Level Owner
11:00 - 12:45 G 22 Design team overview The Fedora Design team will go over their achievements over the F13 and F14 release cycles, and brainstorm ways of improving the things that didn't go right. intermediate (designers mainly) Máirín Duffy
14:00 - 15:45 G 22 Fedora Design Suite: Hub for Upstream The vision of Fedora Design Suite and hands on testing on case scenarios everyone Pierros Papadeas

See also: FrOSCamp schedule

Day 3 - Sunday, 2010-09-19

There will be talks and workshops that will be determined in BarCamp style first thing in the morning and random hacking in groups. Prepare to brief the audience about your talk/workshops in 2 minutes tops at 10:00 and to start your presentation at 11:00.

Between 12:00 and 13:00 we'll go and get 50 real big pizzas for lunch - in order to allow people to stay as focused as possible in their sessions.

BarCamp Schedule is here: FUDCon:Zurich 2010 BarCamp Schedule

Social Events

Wired Dreams Party

On Friday evening after FUDCon there's a big party together with the folks from FrOSCamp. It will take place in the student association's party location in the ETH Zurich's CAB building which is just next to the primary event location (CHN building). No matter whether you'll just need a FreeBeer (free as in freedom, i.e. creative commons) after an exhausting day or you need to move your body to the bands playing live creative commons music after many hours of sitting in talks all day long that party is definitely the place to be!


On Saturday evening after FUDCon there's a relaxed FUDPub for Fedora folks and friends taking place in Zurich.

Sightseeing at CERN

On Monday there are plans to do some sightseeing at CERN.


Question Answer
What's the entrance fee? Entrance to FUDCon (and FrOSCamp) including all talks, workshops and everything else is free of charge. This is also true for Friday's party and Saturday's FUDPub. You'll have to pay for food and drinks tho - the first drink and a snack might get sponsored (TBD).
What's the currency of Switzerland? Can I use €? You could pay with EUR in many places in Zurich, but would normally have the worse exchange rate as at a bank. You definitely need CHF at Friday's party. Be aware that Swiss banks are closed during the weekend and close in the early afternoon on Fridays but most ATMs are accessible 24/7 even though there's no ATM at the event location. If you need to exchange foreign cash (during the weekend) you can do so in the main station or at the airport. There's always a fee when exchanging money.
Do I need cash or do cards the job? You'll need some cash for Friday's party, to get a quick snack (like a doener kebap just over the street) or in very small shops. Maestro debit cards work in most shops and to get train/tram/bus tickets. Credit cards are mostly accepted in shops and (non-snack) restaurants.
How about traveller cheques? Traveller cheques (in CHF, EUR and USD) can be exchanged at most local banks.
What power plugs/sockets are in use in Switzerland? Will europlug work? If you have an European 2-pin plug (i.e. an Europlug), you don't need an adapter. If you have a non-Swiss 3-pin plug, a British plug or a plug with 2 pins and additional clips (e.g. the Type E or F used in France and Germany), you need an adapter to use the Type J used in Switzerland. Make sure your device can handle 230V at 50Hz.
What are the prices in Switzerland? How much does Bread/Lunch/Accomodation/Public transporatation cost? Zurich is generally considered one of the most expensive cities in Europe and the world. We try to keep costs of FUDCon attendees low where we can and are looking to get special discounts. Prices without discounts: 500 Bread is CHF 1.20, lunch starts at CHF 10.- (i.e. a pizza margarita or a kebap), accommodation: FUDCon:Zurich_2010_Accommodation, public transportation: one day ticket that covers the hotel and the event location is CHF 12.40 and valid for bus, tram and train and cable car. Discounts are TBD.
Will there be internet available? We have ethernet plugs for the hackfest tables and probably for the presenters (make sure your talk still works if the internet fails, though). There's wifi in most parts of the building, particularly in all session rooms and the hackfest areas. Also, there'll be a few ethernet sockets in the Zivilschutzbunker and we try to set up a wifi access point. The connections should allow access to any ports (incoming and outgoing). Please don't try to down-/upload anything illegal or large chunks as there's automated systems in place that would then shut down all connections until Monday.

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