My talks at FOSDEM and cfgmgmtcamp

FOSDEM'14 logoThanks to all those who attended my talks at FOSDEM and cfgmgmtcamp, and double thanks to all those who also showed their appreciation: you made that experience a memorable one!!!

I have uploaded my slides on SpeakerDeck soon after my talks were over. Here you are the FOSDEM deck:

A video of the talk has also been released, but it’s unfortunately mute 😦 I hope that it will be fixed soon.

cfgmanagementcampAt FOSDEM I had only 20 minutes (that is: 20 plus questions, up to 25). However, the subject deserved to be dealt with with more attention. At cfgmgmtcamp I had 40 minutes — well, in the end they were only 35, but that’s Jonathan Clark’s fault ;-) so both the talk and the slide deck were more detailed than the ones from FOSDEM:

The plan is now to “unroll” the cfgmgmtcamp’s talk, and write an article from the transcript of the talk. It will take some more days however, but it will definitely come. Stay tuned!


I’ll be presenting at FOSDEM and cfgmgmtcamp

I’ll be presenting at two conferences in two weeks.

fosdem-logoOn February 1st and 2nd I’ll be at FOSDEM in Brussels, where I’ll present the seminar “The classification problem: challenges and solutions“. In 20 minutes I’ll try to give you an idea of why classification in configuration management is critical, why it is difficult, and how you can make it sane.

cfgmanagementcampSince 20 minutes may not be enough to treat the subject in detail, I got the opportunity to explain things in full at the Configuration management camp in Gent/Ghent/Gand, that will take place on February 3rd and 4th. I’ll be in the CFEngine / Rudder Community Room and will have 40 minutes to present “External node classification, the CFEngine way”. It’s the same seminar as FOSDEM; however, I’ll be able to show some examples of what makes classification difficult when you try to do it only “internally” with your CM tool of choice, and I’ll be able to show analogies and differences between Puppet and CFEngine when it comes to external node classification.

I hope to see some friends from the community there. If you’re going to any of these conference and want to say hello, just reach out 😉

I’ll be a speaker at OSS4B!

OSS4BThe news are now official: I’ll be a speaker at the OSS4B conference in Prato, Italy, with the talk “A big project starts with a small plan. OSS4B, an international conference at its first edition, will take place on September 19th and 20th; the lineup of the speakers is amazing, and I am sincerely humbled to speak at the same conference with such great people.

That also explains why I am so silent, again. I spent the whole month of July and the first part of August in Sardinia, with little to no internet access, and been on vacation for three weeks. During that period, I’ve submitted my proposal to OSS4B, and it was accepted soon after. Since then, I am using most of my little spare time to prepare my talk, and I had no chance to add more content to the blog.

By the way, if you happen to be in the Prato area at the same time as me, let me know. And if you happen to be at the conference and want to come at my seminar and cheer me on, that’s definitely welcome 🙂

See you in Prato!