This year ECSD are proud to be attending FOSDEM.
FOSDEM (or Free Open Source European Developer’s Meeting) is a massive free-to-attend Free Open Source event held annually at the ULB Solbosch Campus in Brussels, Belgium.
For those of you not familiar with the Open Source software concept, the fundamental principle is the practice of openly developing software in such a way that the source code is publicly available and maintained by a moderated community of developers.
Open Source software projects form the backbone of many supporting technologies of the DevOps toolchain. Interacting with Open Source projects will give a better insight into both the tools themselves and the way in which they function and behave in the background. You may already recognise some of the tools appearing including Docker, Kubernetes and AWS.
An all star line-up
The event’s sponsors include some big names including Google, RedHat, AWS, CISCO as well as many others. This year’s itinerary promises to be as fulfilling as previous conferences; with 653 speakers, 685 events and 57 tracks. Something that is guaranteed to appeal.
Particularly exciting tracks for DevOps-inclined individuals include
‘Identity and Access management’, Containers, ‘Monitoring and Cloud’ and ‘Testing and Automation’.
Alongside thousands of other Developers, we will be taking advantage of the DevRooms (and beer rooms), seeking to understand the focus and drive of the developers behind some of the tools which we use and gain insight into potential emerging industry trends.
The shift to DevOps practices
One thing we’ve witnessed over the years at FOSDEM is the shift into DevOps practices from the practices of old. There are a variety of stands and workshops enabling you to have one-to-one conversations with the developers themselves in order to gain further insight into the background behind the decisions that have led to the tool’s functionality and intended usage.
After this year’s FOSDEM conference has come to a close, we will be reporting back with our thoughts and insights into what we have seen and learnt over this weekend.