LINUXCON EUROPE rolled into Berlin last week, attracting thousands of developers and enthusiasts from around the world from giant multinationals to back bedrooms.
The event took a slightly different approach this year. ContainerCon was moved to the second week, meaning a smaller venue and a more intimate feel.
After the opening rallying cry from Jim Zemlin, the keynotes included topics as diverse as standardised legal frameworks for Linux developers, a hot button problem, and why giving your team more chance to sleep will improve results. There were suggestions of ways to stop them burning the midnight oil.
Exhibitors included Intel showing off its newest developer box and HPE keen to demonstrate how its huge contribution to the kernel is benefiting developers.
As tradition dictates, the freebie free-for-all turned into a bunfight for the best goodies. Red Hat actually doled out red fedoras as the must-wear item of the convention, while Intel plumped for a three-in-one tablet stand, speaker and battery pack.
Suse had all the things, most notably cuddly geckos, but the real must-have item this year was the webcam cover, providing a sliding door to privacy for those who are convinced that the laptop is watching them. Which it isn’t, obviously.
The breakout sessions continued to offer a specialist path to devs who wanted to learn more about particular areas ranging from Google’s sessions on Kubernates to Docker talking containers.
But more than all that, there was a celebratory air as some of the mainstays of Linux got together to usher in the next 25 years of Linux with a huge party in a castle.
The INQUIRER was invited but we didn’t go, which is probably for the best as we had to be up the next day to learn about cloud-native computing, although we hear that Colonel Kitten coughed up fur balls into the moat.
ContainerCon continues until Friday, but we’re going to sleep now. It’s been a busy week. µ
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