As you probably know, there is annual convention called Flock. This year’s is happening in Cape Cod, Hyannis, MA and will begin the morning of Tuesday, August 29. Sessions will continue each day until midday on Friday, September 1.

I have asked all of the session leaders from Flock some questions.
And now you are about to read one of the responses.

State of the Fedora Server by Stephen Gallagher

What is the goal of your session at Flock?

The goal of this session is to report on the last year of Fedora Server Edition development and to set some goals and guidelines for the upcoming year for that Edition.

What does it affect in the project?

This talk will be a high-level overview of one of the major deliverables of Fedora: an Edition targeting the needs of a (small) enterprise datacenter.

What does your talk focus on?

I will highlight the various tools and applications being developed under the Fedora Project umbrella that directly impact the lives of server administrators.

Without giving too much away, what can attendees expect to learn or do in your session?

I hope they will come away with an understanding of some of the decisions that we have made and also engage with me in the Q&A section to plan what to do in the upcoming year.

Who should attend?

I think the Fedora Server talk should be of general interest to the whole Fedora Project. Even if you mostly work on one of the other Editions or Spins, I think you will want to know what we are aiming for in this space.

What do you do in Fedora/how long have you been involved in the project?

I’ve been “involved” with Fedora by way of being a user of Red Hat Linux since around the turn of the millennium. I joined the Fedora Project in a more direct development capacity in 2008 when I joined Red Hat and became part of the original team developing the System Security Services Daemon (SSSD).

These days I wear a few more hats, acting as the chairperson for the Fedora Server SIG, serving on the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee and acting as a developer within Red Hat on the concept of the “OS Platform” within the larger Modularity Initiative.

What attracts you to this type of work or part of the project?

A steady paycheck!

In all seriousness, my career has pretty much always been focused on the data center and I’ve got a strong desire to see it made easier and more efficient to work with. Both of these sessions serve different needs in that space.