FOSDEM 2019 is now history. This was my second one and last year’s
experience made this year’s trip much better. Being more familiar with
the campus and giving a bigger time buffer before and after made a big
difference. Just like last year there were oodles of talks
but these are the ones that caught my eye - and I either saw them in
person or caught them on video or plan to catch them on video.
25 Years of FreeBSD
I mainly went to this talk to see the next one, but
this was a good talk giving a quick history of Unix from a FreeBSD
perspective. There are a number of ways to look at that history so it
was nice to see one that’s not heard often.
This was a talk on one person’s attempt to move FreeBSD CI/CD into,
well, at least the recent present. Along the way he’s coming close to
implementing docker and a CI/CD system. Plan to follow up as the year
goes on to see about integrating it with gitlab-runner.
FreeBSD and Postgres
Almost overlooked this as the talk title was a bit odd.
Excellent talk. Saw most in person and want to review a few times again.
Likely will be the subject of one or more future posts. Follow the
slides link as some of the last ones got skipped as he ran out of time.
FreeBSD mail and rspamd
Another FreeBSD talk interesting for the history it records
as much as for the actual topic. For my professional uses rspamd isn’t
quite there yet.
Automated Firewall Testing
Haven’t seen this one yet, but hoping this might be enough
to get better container systems on FreeBSD. As the CI/CD talk
covered, containers w/o network virtualisation can work for many cases,
but even more use cases are covered with it.
Folks keep trying to make encrypted email happen. This
talk is a quick review of one attempt.
Email standards keep evolving. This talk covers the current
standards driven evolutionary pressure.
Before the OS kicks in, the hardware’s firmware gets things set up.
FOSS firmware is offered with the coreboot project.
The Skulls project seeks to bring this to laptops.
Matrix in the French State
The French government is looking to use Matrix for their
internal communications. This talk covers the road to the 1.0 release
and what the French project has brought to it.
Dns Over Http
This talk tries to argue the case for DNS over HTTPS
and why all the other ideas won’t work.
All about the newest version of PostgreSQL.
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along
Haven’t seen this talk but it looks interesting. It’s
described in the blurb as, “Companies and communities have different
goals, different structures and different challenges. This talk will
discuss the differences between companies and communities that can lead
to friction, confusion and missed opportunities. With one speaker from
the company side and one from the community side, we plan to explore
this occasionally prickly relationship from both directions.”
Hackers Gotta Eat
How to make a living doing FOSS. This talk is by the
Jenkins Developers who have their own experience to share.
Again, another talk I haven’t seen, but looks interesting.
I saw the 1.0 announcement talk last year and
want to see the update this year.
Containers K8s Rootless
Containers Kubectl Trace
Coding and deploying on k8s is generally much simpler in many ways,
but debugging can be hard. This helps fix that.
The New Internet
Curious to see what people are doing to make the internet more
secure and private. Haven’t seen this, and not sure how much will
The main FOSS package manager for OS X is about to release a
major milestone. This talk covers what’s coming and how it was developed.
Kubernetes Network Security Demystified
Networking isn’t my strong suit and k8s really pushes networking.
Hoping this talk will clarify some of it.
LLVM for the Apollo Guidance Computer
A fascinating talk on getting LLVM to support
the computer that got men to the moon.