First, what is FOSS?
Free and open-source software (FOSS) is software that can be classified as both free software and open-source software. That is, anyone is freely licensed to use, copy, study, and change the software in any way, and the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve the design of the software.
Wikipedia contributors. "Free and open-source software." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 29 Oct. 2017. Web. 31 Oct. 2017.
Hey, thanks WWCode! (They're FOSS fans, too.)
And, now a report from the All Things Open 2017 conference in Raleigh, where I met some excellent free software types and learned about some of the Things, but not all of them:
|Must be nice to have a local chapter of WOMEN WHO CODE. Here's Raleigh/Durham's.|
Thanks, also, to the Software Freedom Conservancy for their good work with Outreachy, which organizes paid internships in free and open-source software projects for people who are typically underrepresented in those projects.
I followed my own ATO 2017 conference track.
And now you can follow my track too! Here are the tutorials and links:
- Container camp: Ian Philpot from Microsoft walked us through container basics.
- Introduction to Kubernetes - extended session: Ryan Jarvinen worked some k8s magic. See the setup and tutorial slides here and here.
- Open Source Game Development Tools 101: Red Hat developers Michael Clayton and Jared Sprague put together an exhaustive list of gamedev tools and presented to a packed room.
- What is Artificial Intelligence?: Josh Patterson, VP of Skymind, basically said not to be freaked out by AI, and promoted his book: Deep Learning: A Practitioner's Approach, which is probably good.
- Outreachy Report: Improving Diversity in Free Software: Karen Sandler is a badass, and gave a talk on just what the title says. FOSS has miles to go before we sleep. Here are the Software Freedom Conservancy and Outreachy links, again.
- Opensource.com Lightening Talks: Here were some of the notables -
- Corey Quinn : Death of an Enterprise Software Salesman was funny. There is other fun(ny) stuff on his Youtube playlist.
- Ryan Jarvinen : asked the audience to fork his talk on Reveal.JS presentation hacks.
- Chris Short : His DevOps README.md talk introduced the Opensource.com DevOps team, for those of us who are interested in what he calls Dev, Ops, and the ish in between. Also a review of DevOps classics that I helpfully took note of, dear reader:
- Don't Just Consume, Contribute!: Oh, no! I can't find the (Red Hat) speaker's name. But here are some of his links that encourage contributions to FOSS projects:
- Copyleft all the Things!: John Sullivan of the Free Software Foundation talked about copyleft... but I left to the airport in the middle of it. (Har, har.)
The most memorable keynote talk was definitely the great Google's Kelsey Hightower's live cloud deployment using voice recognition software. He had tweetable moments in:
“Hello world. No matter what anyone says, you’re a developer now.”😂 @kelseyhightower #ato2017 pic.twitter.com/WGRLruNjjJ— Bridget Kromhout (@bridgetkromhout) October 23, 2017