Meet at the Open Source Summit US

2019/05/25

I’m very happy to have been selected once more for the upcoming Open Source Summit US in San Diego from the 21st to the 23rd of August 2019.

I will deliver there 2 sessions this year:

  • One on Docker (a hands-on lab) that I always welcome by attendees as they really understand what it means to containerize afterwards.
  • One on Redfish (a presentation) that will be derived from the one made in Fosdem with extensions from what I shared during TSS.

As I wasn’t able to participate last year due to my health issues, I’m particularly happy to see I’m still considered as a relevant speaker for such a high profile event. Now I need to convince my company that it’s worth the money to send me over there to evangelize around key technologies for HPE, which is less and less easy 😩

If you happen to be around, as usual feel free to come to my seessions and discuss with me of any topic you’d like, hopefully I’ll be able to bring some ideas in the discussion and make it enjoyable if not useful 😉

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Le retour de la bataille du libre

2019/05/06

En tout cas pour ceux qui l’auraient vue complĂšte lors de la FLOSScon 2019 Ă  Fontaine ! Pour les autres, vous aurez droit Ă  une version un peu plus courte sur Arte sous le nom “Internet ou la rĂ©volution du partage” le mardi 7 mai Ă  23h55. Ne le manquez pas ! Ou utilisez le replay dĂšs aujourd’hui et jusqu’au 5 juin.

AssemblĂ©e gĂ©nĂ©rale de l’Association FLOSSITA lundi 1er avril

2019/03/29

Vous avez aimĂ© la FLOSSCon 2019 ? Vous allez adorer nous aider Ă  construire la version 2020 de l’Ă©vĂ©nement alors !

Vous préférez proposer des Meetups autour des logiciels libres et des standards ouverts dans la région grenobloise ? Alors bienvenue chez vous pour en organiser !

Vous prĂ©fĂ©rez coder et faire des patchs pour amĂ©liorer des outils utiles Ă  une association ? Nous saurons utiliser vos compĂ©tences et votre temps libres pour amĂ©liorer l’ecosystĂšme de logiciels libres utilisĂ© pour nos activitĂ©s !

Vous avez d’autres idĂ©es pour favoriser l’utilisation du libre dans notre rĂ©gion, en France, ou dans le vaste monde ? Parfait, nous vous attendons de pied ferme, ce lundi 1er avril, dans la salle Vercors Ă  l’entrĂ©e d’HPE Eybens pour participer Ă  l’assemblĂ©e gĂ©nĂ©rale de l’association FLOSSITA.

Nous ferons un bilan de nos activitĂ©s passĂ©es, de nos comptes et de nos projets futurs. Nous renouvellerons aussi notre Conseil d’Administration et souhaitons incorporer de nouveaux entrants pour nous aider dans l’organisation et la gestion de toutes nos activitĂ©s. Pas besoin de vouloir tout faire non plus ! Il y a plein de tĂąches de communication, logistique, organisation d’activitĂ©s qui seront trĂšs utiles et raisonnablement prenantes, d’autant plus que nous serons nombreux Ă  oeuvrer.

Et pour ceux qui pensent que c’est une blague en raison de la date, venez avec votre bonne humeur lundi pour vĂ©rifier qu’il y a dĂ©jĂ  un noyau de passionnĂ©s qui ne demande qu’Ă  grandir autour de notre objectif commun: gouverner le monde avec du libre 😉

An end and a new start

2019/03/22

After nearly a year, I’ve now been declared in remission with my lymphoma. So that’s the end of this period. But I’m not completely done, as I’ll need to regularly check it’s not coming back. Being cured, is only possible after 5 years of remission. And I now need to return all the care my wife gave to me to her, as she was diagnosed with a breast cancer back in october 2018, operated immediately and she’s now in the mid of her own chemiotherapy, before radiotheray. So the real end should rather be around june this year, if everything continues to be for the best for her as it also seems to be (she had a much less streamlined relationship with the hospital, but that’s another story).

So now, it’s time to start again working full time to HPE (next week officially, even if with the recent events, I’ve been more than half time) and to come back to my FLOSS projects that have been suffering themselves meanwhile.

And the first one, as it’s the basis of the rest forme, is project-builder.org. I already had made modifications to use YAML type of configuration files, instead of my own format up to now (well, when I started back in 2007, YAML wasn’t as popular as it is today) but didn’t had time to test on other projects and publish and of course I also fixed some bugs such as:

So as of now, version 0.15.1 of project-builder.org is available and ready for you to test and thus improve your Continuous Packaging approach as part of your automation chain. Enjoy !

And now that my production toolset is ready again, I can come back at last to MondoRescue to publish that version that as been waiting for way too long now. Expect news in the coming weeks.

Venez fĂȘter les 6 ans de Docker

2019/03/19

Mike Bright continue de promouvoir inlassablement les technologies cloud native sur Grenoble et vous propose de venir souffler les 6 bougies de Docker:

https://events.docker.com/events/details/docker-grenoble-presents-docker-birthday-6-how-do-you-docker

J’y parlerai et surtout montrerai mon utilisation de Docker Engine pour packager des logiciels pour Mageia (dont Docker lui-mĂȘme !), tant la version stable que celle de dĂ©veloppement, sans perturber ma machine hĂŽte.

Venez nombreux !

Meet at HPE TSS next week

2019/03/07

Last year, due to health problems I had to cancel my participation at last minute to the HPE TSS event. Hopefully, this year I’ll be back again ! Becasue the latest results of my scanner passed last week are as good as they could be: no cancer cells remaining or re-detected, as it was the case both in june and september 2018. So I’ll be able to come back to work full time end of march as planned, but meanwhile, I’ll be working only at 100% 😉

As usual I’ll deliver multiple sessions around various topics, because that’s fun to do ! (well preparation is less fun, but delivery is, so I know I’ll keep only that in mind afterwards ;-))

So I’ll be in Paris from the 116th to the 15th of March, and if you happen to attend and want to talk with me, you should be able to find me at:

  • Redfish Implementation at HPE – IB179 – 11/03/19 (Monday) 16:00 – W02
  • Linux Roadmap – Followed by OpenSource Round Table – IB173 – 11/03/19 (Monday) 17:00 – W02
  • Lab RPM Packaging – L100 – 12/03/19 (Tuesday) 14:00 – Lab 2
  • Containers for HPC – B121 – 13/03/19 (Wednesday) 09:30 – W07
  • Redfish: Standard status – B194 – 14/03/19 (Thursday) 08:30 – W05
  • Learning Python with Redfish – L105 – 14/03/19 (Thursday) 14:00 – Lab 3
  • OpenSource Open Labs – OL61 – 15/03/19 (Friday) 11:00 – Lab 4

Well, not too bad for a poor old and ill guy 😉 But except for the Labs, I’m not alone to prepare and deliver, so makes it easier for once. So as usual if you want to talk FLOSS, projects I’m involved in, FLOSSCon 2020 or anything else, feel free to join and chat with me !


FLOSSCon 2019: les photos !

2019/02/15

Quand un Ă©vĂ©nement est fini, il faut encore travailler autour ! En parler pour que nous ayons plus de soutien pour la prochaine fois, regrouper les prĂ©sentations des confĂ©renciers pour les publier (en cours) et mettre Ă  disposition des photos pour se souvenir de l’Ă©vĂ©nement.

Table ronde secteur public Ă  Fontaine

Donc vous pouvez maintenant retrouver des photos de la FLOSSCon 2019 sur mon compte flikr. J’utilise ce service temporairement, en attendant que nous puissions proposer mieux auto-hĂ©bergĂ© comme un piwigo, mais pas le temps pour le moment de le faire. Si vous ne souhaitez pas apparaĂźtre, n’hĂ©sitez pas Ă  me demander de retirer une photo, elles ne sont lĂ  que pour tĂ©moigner d’un moment intĂ©ressant passĂ© lors de l’Ă©vĂ©nement, pas pour crĂ©er des soucis.

Pour les prĂ©sentations dĂ©jĂ  publiĂ©es, vous pouvez utiliser notre agenda, les liens sont disponibles dans les descriptifs des prĂ©sentations. Evidemment, vous pouvez comme moi tanner les confĂ©renciers qui ne l’ont pas encore fait pour qu’ils m’envoient leur document, que je puisse le mettre en ligne 😉

La prochaine étape sera pour FLOSSITA de faire son AG, vraisemblablement début Mars, pour travailler sur les activités suivantes.

Fosdem: always impressed

2019/02/07
Université Libre de Bruxelles hosting Fosdem under the snow on saturday

While I’m coming back from Fosdem, A big Kudos to all the volunteers and the team in charge. It’s the largest and greatest FLOSS event WW. I’m always impressed by what a dedicated community can achieve. It was the most crowdy edition I’ve been able to attend. Some rooms were very difficult to enter in, with long queues in front of the door. So in order to attend the sessions you were interested in, you had to enter if possible 2 or 3 sessions in advance to be sure to have a seat for your preferred session ! What a success 😉 Drawback is it makes it difficult to change track, more over changing building as you’re sure to have to wait for the next session in that case.

Small part of the queues at lunch time at Fosdem

The logisitic is incredible, timing respected for the 700 sessions delivered with live videos taken, and when you are speaking you receive a mail less than 30 minutes after the end of your talk to ive you the link to review it ! Really awsome. The only drawback was the lack of VGA support on their recording system: only HDMI was available. By luck my laptop had also a Display Port output so adapters were available so you could project. However, some speakers had issues with that setup, such as during the upt session where no vide cold be used at all. The speaker, Cyril Roelandt, made the full presentation without slides, explaining event the architecture diagram in both a very professional way and with a marvelous sense of humour. As he said we will long remeber his talk. But also for the idea and the tool he is working on. We had a quick hacking session afterwards and that was very insightful.

On saturday, the sessions I found interesting were on LibreOffice, the one on server side solution for generating ODF reports (much more interesting if you understand chinese for sure, and no I don’t 🙂 and the other one on relaunching the ODF adoption TC at OASIS, where my proposal of useing the term Advocacy instead of Marketing was well received (public sector organizations are much less keen to participate to a “Marketing” TC, but much more to an “Advocacy” one). Michael Meeks was as brilliant as always in his covering of LibreOffice Online.

Another initiative of interest was the presentation of the LibreHosters, even if they have less hosters WW currently than the CHATONS in France, while aiming at the same goal, neutral and transparent hosting using FLOSS.

I attended the Eventyay presntation to see whether they were supporting multi-site events sur as our FLOSSCon, but it seems they don’t do better than the OSEM we use. I stayed in the room and followed the sessions on OCP and Skulls, but the more interesting one for me was the following on bmclib. The engineers at booking.com have published under the Apache v2.0 license their internal work on BMC abstraction through an API. For someone like me interested by Redfish it was a must attend session 😉 And the discussion outside the room which followed was as well.

I had a nice dinner with some members of the french FLOSS community I had not seen for a long time and that’s one of the reason for me to attend Fosdem.

I had a very short night after that as I proposed to the distribution room to take an empty slot due to the illness of a speaker and to use a proposal I had made and that had not been retained to fill the gap, which was accepted. Of course, it was the first session in the morning, while I also had the last of the day 😉 So slides and demo to verify at night and here you go after 4 hours of sleep you’re back to the event 😉

So I talked about Packaging for Mageia Linux with Docker containers, which I could demonstrate in front of a nearly full room (50+ people) at that time in the morning, after the previous night ! Waoh ! What a level of commitment from the audience, I was really surprised. I stayed then in the distribution dev room to follow a similar presentation around Linux distributions, lifecycles, and containers which was in fact around the new Fedora modularity principle. The grub presentation following was too cryptic for me, as I don’t follow closely the project so too many elusive sentence were given so I could reall yunderstand the new devs made. But I had a seat for the upt talk mentionned upper 😉

I then moved after the upt hacking session and lunch to the Hardware enablement devroom to be ready for my formerly only official session of the event. It was dedicated to Redfish: the new standard for a Software Defined Infrastructure and I was surprised again so that so many people preferred to be there rather than drinking a beer.

I didn’t had time to see the kenote of J.M. Hall as I had to catch my train afterwards. So again big kudos to all the people involved in that event, who make them the FLOSS reference and surely an inspiration for our own FLOSSCon 😉

Slides are already available and videos should be soon as well. See you hopefully next year there !

Fin de la FLOSSCon 2019 !

2019/01/30

On dit que mĂȘme les meilleures choses ont une fin, donc c’est le cas de la FLOSSCon 2019 😉

Il est clair qu’une journĂ©e avec d’avantage de temps de pause est un bĂ©nĂ©fice dont il faudra tenir compte l’an prochain car cette derniĂšre journĂ©e a Ă©tĂ© plus facile pour tout le monde (organisateurs compris !) car moins chargĂ©e au niveau agenda. Ce qui ne nous a pas empĂȘchĂ© d’avoir un contenu de trĂšs haut niveau !

La prĂ©sentation la plus captivante du matin a Ă©tĂ© celle de David Rouquet de TĂ©tras Libre autour des problĂ©matiques de l’Open Data dans le secteur public et de leur outil reporting libre CivicData.fr. J’espĂšre que leur activitĂ© trouvera Ă©cho auprĂšs de nos collectivitĂ©s (ou de nos entreprises) car leur rĂ©flexion sur le sujet est profonde, pertinente, enrichissante, et l’outil quoique jeune, prometteur.

L’aprĂšs-midi a Ă©tĂ© d’un grand niveau dans la variĂ©tĂ©: la table ronde a pour moi tenue toutes ses promesses et les Ă©lus ont parlĂ© directement de leur volontĂ© et de leur confrontation au rĂ©el , qui ne leur permet pas toujours d’aller aussi loin que nous, libristes, le souhaiterions. Nous devrions pouvoir publier un podcast de cette table ronde prochainement. Ensuite, tant la prĂ©sentation de Nicolas Vivant sur peertube et les implications Ă  prendre en compte dans la mise en place de ce type de service dans le cadre d’une collectivitĂ© (dimensionnement, diffusion de quelles autres vidĂ©os pair Ă  pair, responsabilitĂ© Ă©ditoriale, autant de questionnements utiles Ă  partager) que celle sur les territoires numĂ©rique libres de l’ADULLACT, courte mais importante pour les acteurs impliquĂ©s qui mĂ©ritent cette reconnaissance (comme Fontaine ou St Martin d’Uriage), ou encore que les deux autour des mĂ©diations numĂ©riques rĂ©alisĂ©es par Jean Christophe Becquet dans le contexte OpenStreetMap (dĂ©cidĂ©ment bien prĂ©sent dans notre Ă©vĂ©nement !) qui soulignent les apports considĂ©rables de ces donnĂ©es gĂ©ographiques partagĂ©es pour les territoires avec des cartoparties ciblĂ©es dans la rĂ©gion de Digne.

Le film de Philippe Borrel a Ă©tĂ© notre rĂ©compense de fin de soirĂ©e, ainsi que la discussion trĂšs animĂ©e qui a suivie qui montre combien la soutenabilitĂ© des dĂ©veloppements libres, qui ont Ă©tĂ© au coeur de nos rĂ©flexions dans l’Ă©vĂ©nement, avait une rĂ©sonnance auprĂšs des participants et combien il y a besoin de trouver des solutions pĂ©rennes dans ce domaine. Le film aborde bien d’autres aspects du domaine des communs, et il est dommage qu’Arte ne diffuse pas la version complĂšte qui m’a paru trĂšs cohĂ©rente et Ă  laquelle certaines rĂ©flexions utiles feront dĂ©faut. Dommage pour ceux qui n’ont pu venir !

A la fin de cet Ă©vĂ©nement, dont j’ai vraiment apprĂ©ciĂ© le contenu car il m’a ouvert des perspectives variĂ©es sur tout un tas de domaines nouveaux, je tiens Ă  remercier tout d’abord RenĂ© Ribaud et Damien Accorsi de l’association FLOSSITA qui se sont investis Ă  mes cĂŽtĂ©s pour rendre cet Ă©vĂ©nement possible, Jean Poizat pour son bĂ©nĂ©volat lors de son jour de congĂ© pour nous aider Ă  CGI, tous les confĂ©renciers qui ont su apporter un contenu de qualitĂ©, avec engagement et conviction, tout en venant parfois de loin, et enfin les organismes qui nous ont accueillis, le Secours Catholique de l’IsĂšre et sa responsable Claire Cotte, CGI et son Vice-PrĂ©sident Services Conseils Pierre Chirat et enfin la ville de Fontaine et son DSI Nicolas Vivant, ces trois personnes nous ayant fait confiance, prĂȘtĂ© gracieusement leurs locaux et soutenu pour l’organisation de cette deuxiĂšme Ă©dition de la FLOSSCon qui, sans eux, n’aurait pas pu se tenir.

Si vous souhaitez qu’une troisiĂšme Ă©dition ait lieu, rejoignez nous au sein de l’association FLOSSITA et apportez-y vos idĂ©es, votre bĂ©nĂ©volat pour que nous amĂ©liorons nos activitĂ©s. Une prochaine AG sera annoncĂ©e qui devrait vous permettre de le faire.

La bataille du Libre…

2019/01/29

… va commencer !