FUDCon APAC’16 Phenom Penh

FUDCon APAC’16 Phenom Penh

It took me long to write about this, this was the first international Fedora event I attended.

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.

I was lucky that I got a chance to be the speak at FUDCon Asia Pacific held in Phenom Penh, capital of Cambodia from 4th to 6th November, 2016.

My talk on Rust programming language got accepted at the last moment and this was going to be my first international trip, so I was both excited and nervous. FUDCon Phnom Penh was to be conducted at Norton University along its Barcamp nomenclatured ASEAN.

Barcamp, Norton University

I landed in Cambodia on 3rd Nov and reached Hotel Mekong Heng Mohaphel late night. Reaching there I met Sirko Kemter (gnokii) and Robert Mayr (robyduck), who greeted me at the doorstep of hotel, I was sharing the room with Noriko Mizumoto (noriko).There were around 50 speakers from around the world to give talks related to Fedora and open source culture.

The next day I interacted with other speakers and Fedora contributors, it was great to meet them in person. That day we had our breakfast, some sight-seeing on Tuktuk (the local transport there), the team lunch and a stomach filling dinner.

Me trying to pose. PC: Sumantro

On 5th Nov, we all got up early and after having our breakfast, we marched towards Nortan University. The university was decorated with technology and creativity through their projects and presentations.

The event was inaugurated with an introductory speech given by Brian Exelbierd (bex),Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator.


Brian, giving introductory speech

Then starts the FUDCon talks. My talk was in the first slot. My talk was on Rust programming language. Rust is a systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees thread safety. It is maintained by Mozilla. I explained the importance of Rust, in the world of different programming language, its features, few syntax paradigm, Rust package manager-Cargo and Rust on Fedora OS with the new package ‘Rust’. I also mentioned the pathways to contribute to the upstream projects using Rust. The session ended with a fruitful discussion.


The room for my talk


Gerard, talking about his experience with Rust

Then I attended Kushal Das (kushal) talk on Python Programming. He is a core developer of CPython, and director at Python Software Foundation. The room was full of students who seemed new to programming. He beautifully explained various aspects of python programming through examples.

The next talk I attended was by Alex Eng on Zanata, a translation platform. He is one of the lead contributor of Zanata project. He gave a great session explaining new features that will be available in the next release of the translation tool. I was bit familiar with Zanata due to Fedora Hubs project, so the session was very fruitful for me to understand Zanata in a better way.

The next talk was on Web Virtual Reality by Sumantro Mukherjee. He is an Associate Quality Engineer at RedHat, Bangalore and an active Mozilla contributor. The highlight of the talk was A-frame. A-frame is a web framework for building virtual reality experiences and works on almost all devices.It was started by Mozilla VR to make WebVR content creation easier, faster, and more accessible. The session was interesting and fun to attend.

The last talk of the day was by Anwesha Das on A walk on licenses in Fedora ecosystem. She gave an overview of all the open source licenses, why it is important to use a license and what are the best practices of using a license. She explained the literal meaning of words ‘open’ and ‘free’ in the world of open source software. The session was quite informative.

The day ended with a team dinner with Indian folks and Ryan lerch(ryanlerch).

I had my exam on 7th Nov, so I wasn’t able to attend the event for next day and missed many amazing talks. But, overall the event was a great fun and a way to know community in a more diverse and better way. I was really amazed to meet and talk to people that I used to see on IRC, it motivated me to work harder.

I would like to thank Sirko Kemter, Brian Exelbierd , the Norton University and Fedora Community for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this event.

Speakers of FUDCon APAC’16

Thanks Srijan Agarwal, for sharing your notes with me.