Dell at LinuxCon Boston

For the second year in a row, Dell engineers will be on hand at the Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon conference in Boston next week.  While I don’t get to fly a helicopter in the Penguin Bowl this year, we’ll have plenty of face time with the engineers and enthusiasts on hand.

On Wednesday at 10:30am, I’ll be presenting on Network Device Naming, which simplifies this:

PowerEdge R610 with 8 Ethernet ports

by letting the system administrator use better names for their network ports than “eth0”.   Can you guess which is eth0 in that picture?  (Hint: it might be green, it might be red, it might be orange and it may change from time to time.)

Shyam Iyer  follows me at 11:30am, presenting “Storage Provisioning with iSCSI for Virtualized Environments”, which describes the work he has been doing with the Open-iSCSI and libvirt teams to simplify iSCSI storage use by virtual machines, to take advantage of all the great hardware acceleration our EqualLogic arrays provide.

On Thursday at 2pm, I return to the stage in a panel moderated by Matt Asay, COO of Canonical, titled “What’s Next for Linux”, alongside James Bottomley of Novell, David Recordon of Facebook, and Ravi Simhambhatla of Virgin America.   I’m especially interested to be on this panel, as my cohorts are pushing the limits of computing, often with Dell’s help, and simultaneously Dell is active in the new worlds they’re creating.

See you in Boston next week!

Interview with Jared Smith, new Fedora Project Leader

I thought this was a well-done interview by Henry Kingman of, welcoming new Fedora Project Leader Jared Smith.

I’ve been fortunate to serve on the Fedora Project Board since 2006, and to have the opportunity to work with several FPLs (Max and Paul directly, and their predecessors Michael, Christian, and Greg in various capacities), and I look forward to working with Jared even more now.  He brings a wealth of experience, talent, and enthusiasm that’s contagious.

I’m also quite pleased with the way the transitions between FPLs have been handled.  Both Max and Paul knew for themselves when they were ready for new challenges – not that they were “burned out” (e.g. CATB lesson #5), or that they were no longer being effective, but realized that they could apply their talents towards Fedora in new ways, while opening new opportunities for another talented and respected contributor.  That’s a big part of building a healthy community.