Avatar (Fabio Alessandro Locati|Fale)'s blog

KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2020

August 20, 2020

This year I managed to partecipate to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2020. As you can imagine, the conference did not happen in real life, but it was converted to an online conference. More virtual conferences I attend to, more I understand the limits and the advantages of them compared to real conferences. In this particular conference, I realized that one of the biggest problems I have with virtual conferences is that, during the conference, the conference events and talks add to your usual events and meetings, making it impossible to follow all events you wanted to follow.

Read More

Fedora Nest 2020

August 10, 2020

This year Flock did not happen due to COVID-19, and in its place, Fedora Nest happened. After many events I’ve seen going virtual in the last few months, I was skeptical. I was yet to see an acceptable online platform to run events. I was wrong on the platform. Fedora Nest used Hopin, which is by far the best platform for events I’ve seen so far. Don’t get your expectations too high, though, because when I say the best one I’ve seen so far, only means that it is usable, and it does not mean in any way that is on par of real conferences.

Read More

FOSDEM 2020

February 2, 2020 - Bruxelles, BE

This year, as it has happened for the last few years, I’ve been at FOSDEM. As always, I’ve enjoyed it a lot, and that’s why I continue to go there, and every time I have to suggest other people which events to attend in Europe, I always mention FOSDEM as the main event. I think it’s fascinating to see how room sizes and crowdedness of the rooms changes over time. Years ago, the container-related rooms (containers, container security, Go) were relatively small, but already crowded, and over the years, the rooms got bigger and bigger.

Read More

DevConf 2020

January 27, 2020 - Brno, CZ

As it happened at other times in my life, I managed to be present at DevConf. DevConf is one of the best conferences that I attend. The reasons are many and varied, starting from the location that I find relatively stress-free. Another reason is the fact that there are many different kinds of sessions, and many sessions are not overcrowded, so it is relatively simple to participate in any session you would like to.

Read More

FOSDEM 2019

February 4, 2019 - Bruxelles, BE

This year, as it has happened for the last few years, I’ve been at FOSDEM. As always I’ve enjoyed it a lot, and that’s why I continue to go there, and every time I have to suggest other people which events to attend in Europe, I always mention FOSDEM as the main event. This year, differently from previous editions, I tried to stick to a single room both days, being mostly in the Go room on Saturday and in the Containers room on Sunday.

Read More

FOSDEM 2018

February 4, 2018 - Bruxelles, BE

This year, as it has happened for the last few years, I’ve been at FOSDEM. As always I’ve enjoyed it a lot, and that’s why I continue to go there, and every time I have to suggest other people which events to attend in Europe, I always mention FOSDEM as the principal event. This year, differently from previous editions, I tried to stick to a single room during Saturday (the Go one).

Read More

AnsibleFest London 2017

June 23, 2017 - London, UK

This year, I decided to go to AnsibleFest. Since the day before AnsibleFest, an Ansible Contributor Conference was scheduled, I decided to partecipate to both. On Wednesday morning I arrived to the location and I had the pleasure of speaking with few people before the begin of the Contributor Conference. The Contributor Conference was very interesting and I had the occasion to speak with many other people over the course of the day.

Read More

FOSDEM 2017

February 5, 2017 - Bruxelles, BE

FOSDEM is a must for all open source enthusiast in Europe and close by. I think that the reasons to go to FOSDEM are different from the reasons of many other conferences, but equally valid. The comparison with DevConf is obvious, due to the temporal closeness of the two events. I think that DevConf is more about enterprise grade software (or close to be), while FOSDEM is more about experimentations and community.

Read More

DevConf 2017

January 29, 2017 - Brno, CZ

I think this is a special moment of the year, where in less than two weeks is possible to meet a huge amount of Open Source contributors in person. Obviously you will need to take few flights, but it’s definitely worth. DevConf this year was great. I’ve been able to assist to a huge amount of talks (more than 20) and the majority of which were very interesting. As always in conferences, there are themes heavily discussed and other completely absent.

Read More

LinuxDay 2016 in Bernareggio

November 1, 2016 - Villanova di Bernareggio, IT

In Italy every year, during the last weekend of October, there is the Linux Day, an “open day” for the LUGs where they create events to publicize GNU/Linux and the Free Software. As usual (for the last 7 years now), the ViGLug organized this event and this time has been in Bernareggio (MB), a city less than half hour drive north-east from Milan. This year, for the first time in the ViGLug life, we have partnered up with other two organizations BrigX (the Bernareggio LUG) and the Coderdojo Brianza.

Read More

SMAU

October 30, 2016 - Milano, IT

From the 25th to the 27th of this month I’ve been at the SMAU in Milan (Italy). The SMAU (Salone Macchine e Attrezzature per l’Ufficio, that would be Exposition of Machinery and Equipment for the Office) is an historical fair started in 1964 and that has had many changes over the years, for instance some years it has been opened to the general public, other times it was only for business visitors.

Read More

FLOCK 2016

August 7, 2016 - Kraków, PL

This year, I have been able to go to Flock :). Flock location this year was Krakov (Poland). Since my flight arrival time was very close to Mailga’s one, I waited him at the airport and then we went together to the Flock location. This has proven to be a good idea, since we had the time to speak about some important topics around the Italian Community. We then arrived to the Flock location, were we discovered a problem with the rooms booking, but that got resolved in a quick way by Bexelbie.

Read More

Codemotion

May 15, 2016 - Amsterdam, NL

In the last few days I’ve been at the CodeMotion Amsterdam 2016. This was my first CodeMotion and I have to say that I’m very impressed. The organization was awesome, the talks very high level and the location, well, more than awesome - as you can see in the picture. In those couple of days I had the opportunity to speak with many people, the majority of which are developers, and I learned a lot on the developer point of view of DevOps and containers.

Read More

DevConf - day 4

February 8, 2016 - Brno, CZ

My last day at Brno has come, and I took the bus to Wien Airport, where I later got a plane to Milan. Overall, this was a very nice experience. I’ve met a lot of very interesting people and a lot of people I already knew but only by their IRC and FAS name. It’s always nice to be able to give faces to the names you always read. I really look forward for the next Fedora Event that probably it will be Flock 2016 for me.

Read More

DevConf - day 3

February 7, 2016 - Brno, CZ

Today there were a lot of Fedora talks and sadly I was not able to see them all since there were two Fedora tracks. The most interesting talk I’ve assisted today was probably the Denise Dumas and Matthew Miller one about Fedora. Being the last day of the conference, it ended earlier so we (EMEA Ambassadors) were able to gather and meet to work a little bit on the 2017 budget.

Read More

DevConf - day 2

February 6, 2016 - Brno, CZ

Today I spent the morning looking at very interesting sessions mainly about containers. Probably the most interesting talk of the day has been the one by Josh Bressers about security. In the afternoon I’ve had a very pleasant meeting with the Fedora Internationalization team to see where the various community are and what we can do to improve the current situation. Later I went to the party, but having misinterpreted the situation, I walked with Patrick and Ralph to their meeting place before going to the right location.

Read More

DevConf - day 1

February 5, 2016 - Brno, CZ

This morning things started in the right way. My day started with Tim Burke’s talk and it was very interesting. After that talk, I attended the Adam Miller talk about immutable infrastructures and Daniel Walsh talk about Docker vs Systemd and I enjoyed them all :). Later on I had a very nice hallway talk with Remy DeCausemaker about local communities and translations, followed by an actual meeting about globalization in Fedora.

Read More

DevConf - day 0

February 4, 2016 - Brno, CZ

Few days past from FOSDEM and I’m at yet another conference :). Today I flew to Wien and then took a train to Brno. After the hotel check-in I went to the conference location and I had a nice time with the Red Hat people while we were preparing the location for the event. The majority of the work was already done when I arrived, but few things were still missing (mainly indications to make users life easier like arrows pointing to the rooms, schedules, etc) so I got the opportunity to help :).

Read More

FOSDEM - day 3

February 1, 2016 - Bruxelles, BE

Today is my last day in Brussels and since my flight back is pretty late in the afternoon I took the occasion to visit a little bit Brussels. Fun fact is that after 4 days in Brussels for a FLOSS conference, I’ll spend my evening at my local Linux User Group :D.

Read More

FOSDEM - day 2

January 31, 2016 - Bruxelles, BE

This morning I’ve assisted to one of the most fun and interesting talk I’ve have ever seen. I’m talking about the talk of Richard M Stallman on licensing and patents. I’ve really liked how the talk has been conducted by the speakers and I think the contents were great (you can probably find it available online and if I’ll find a link, I’ll post it). After Stallman’s talk, I went to listen Langdon White talk Re-thinking Linux Distributions.

Read More

FOSDEM - day 1

January 30, 2016 - Bruxelles, BE

After one day at FOSDEM, I’ve to admit that people are not lying when they affirm that FOSDEM is awesome. It really is. Today I had the occasion of following multiple very interesting talks. The only problem I’ve found with the FOSDEM organization is that too often there are multiple very interesting talks at the same time and you have to pick only one (unless you have ubiquity capabilities, but I don’t).

Read More

FOSDEM - day 0

January 29, 2016 - Bruxelles, BE

For years I wanted to attend some major FLOSS conferences, but I’ve never had the occasion since I’ve always had other things to do in the conferences dates. This year, due to multiple causes and good planning, I’ve been able to go to FOSDEM :). One thing that I like to do at all kind of events, but even more in big events, is to volunteer. Volunteering, in my opinion, gives you big advantages, since you often can find very interesting people.

Read More

Fedora 23 release party

December 13, 2015

Few days ago, on November 23, we have had a Fedora 23 release party in Milan, as we announced in the wiki. This time we did something different from the previous one (the Fedora 21 release party) because we tried to do it in Milan, while the previous time we did it in Cernusco sul Naviglio that is a city very close to Milan. The number of people that participated at the event was below expectation, but probably this is not only caused by the more central location, but also the limited planning time we had due to the location that has been provided to us by StartMiUp, a coworking space.

Read More

LinuxDay 2014 in Melzo

November 3, 2014 - Melzo, IT

In Italy every year, during the last weekend of October, there is the Linux Day, an “open day” for the LUGs where they create events to publicize GNU/Linux and the Free Software. As usual (for the last 5 years now), the ViGLug organized it’s event and this time has been in Melzo, a city less than half hour drive east from Milan. We had a very nice event with more than 50 new people coming to learn about Linux and its wonderful world.

Read More
Older