As I write this post I’m sat on the train back from the UKUUG Spring Conference Manchester, getting a fascinating insight into the world of asset finance sales from the passenger sitting opposite me.
Highlights of the conference were:
- Spending time with some of the DevOps crew – R.I. Pienaar, Kris Buytaert, and Patrick Debois.
- Co-presenting ‘Hudson hit my Puppet with a Cucumber’ with Patrick. (above) It was hard to rehearse (what with living in difference countries and all) but I enjoyed it once the adrenalin kicked in and the nerves relaxed. Dialogue is interesting. With an audience, and with a co-presenter. I’d like to explore more ways to interact with an audience than to drone at them.
- Kris giving me an ‘Everything is a FSCKing DNS problem’ Tshirt – thanks Kris!
- Hearing about the process of creating an Ubuntu LTS releases from Thierry Carrez of Canonical. We discussed the pain of building Java and Ruby software for a distrinution afterwards. I hope people realise how much work distro maintainers go to! I met a one-time commitrer for the JPackage project – they confirmed what a PITA it was back then before Sun allowed people to distribute Java.
- Kris Buytaert and Andrew Stribblehill‘s MySQL scaling talks.
- The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud presentation was interesting. Not sure I’d want to use it in production, but for in-house test environment use it might be great.
UKUUG attracts some seriously talented people. It’s a small conference (north of 100 people), but that’s the way I like them.