Friday, October 22, 2010

UDS-N Call for participation

The Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) is the event in which the Ubuntu community discusses and plans the upcoming Ubuntu release. UDS Natty begins Monday, October 25th (this monday) outside of Orlando, FL, USA. If you're in the Orlando area, this event is free, and open to anyone.

If you've not yet made plans to attend physically, then its unlikely that you'll be present in the rooms. However, the Canonical IS does an outstanding job of making remote participation possible. For more information, on how you can participate remotely, read the Remote Participation document. In short, you join an IRC channel, listen to a live high quality audio stream from the room, and can see edits to a live gobby document.

The comprehensive list of all sessions is available through the summit schedule, or a filtered list of only the 'Cloud track'.

Some of the sessions that I personally am interested (ok, interested *and* leading) in are:
  • cloud-server-n-cloud-images: Here we'll discuss how we can make the Ubuntu Images on EC2 or UEC better. If you've used them, then we're interested in your feedback.
  • cloud-server-n-image-rebundle: Here we'll discuss possible improvements in the rebundling process. Ie, how can you take one of the Ubuntu images, and customize it and turn it into your own AMI. This is a common operation, and unfortunately, one that has some sticking points. If you have other ideas for "cloud utilities" this is the place to bring them up.
  • cloud-server-n-desktop-images: Ubuntu has made desktop images available on ec2 in a "tech preview" like manner for 2 releases. We've not fully supported these images, but a version of the cloud images with a remote-desktop interface is a common request. If you want to see what it might look like, try out the free Edubuntu demo using NX
  • cloud-server-n-cloud-init: Here we'll discuss improvements to cloud-init or cloud-config. If you've customized images via user-data, then you've used cloud-init. How can we make it better ?
  • cloud-server-n-ubuntu-trial: We threw together awstrial fairly quickly, and with the 10.10 release, we allowed anyone interested to Try Ubuntu Free. We got a great response and we see lots of ways this can be used. Come and let us know what you think

There are loads of other interesting sessions. If 'Server' or 'Cloud' isn't your thing, there are other tracks that might peek your interest.

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