Sunday, 31 May 2009

MSC Malaysia Open Source Conference (MSC OSCONF) 2009 Day 1: Hackathon Day

Venue: Berjaya Times Square Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Date: 31 May 2009

Time: 9:30am - 6:00pm

The response to OSCONF seems to be quite good, indicated by the long queue for the registration on a Sunday early morning. Hopefully this will translate to more open source adoption around the country.

The main track I joined was the Fedora Activity Day 2009 Malaysia which features:

* Fedora Live USB
To boot and try Fedora from USB drive (thumb drive or hard disk), the main difference between this and the Live CD is the persistence storage on the USB drive. Ubuntu can do it with System -> Administration -> USB Startup Disk Creator, or if you want more flexibility you can use UNetbootin.

* How to Get Involved in Fedora Project (particularly in Malaysia)
Get information from Join Fedora or Fedora Malaysia. Speaker is shown in the photo above, do notice that he was using the Wiimote to control the presentation.

* KVM Virtualization in Fedora
I really like to try this but the processor in my Lenovo Y410 does not support hardware virtualization and there KVM can not be installed. To check for hardware virtualization support in Ubuntu, I checked with "egrep '(vmx|svm)' --color=always /proc/cpuinfo". Since nothing was printed, my processor does not support hardware virtualization.

* Jboss
Historically being called EJBOSS (Enterprise JavaBean Open Source Software) but the "E" was dropped later. It is an open source Java EE-based application server.

* SELinux - Security-Enhanced Linux
I just found out SELinux can also be installed in Ubuntu with Synaptic Package Manager. I will skip this now as I need time to study the pros and cons of using SELinux.

* RPM Packaging
Step-by-step guides to package your own RPM so that it can be installed with Yum in Fedora.

I am truly impressed with the efforts of the Fedora Malaysia team to promote Open Source software especially Fedora and therefore I have added the Fedora banner at my sidebar.

Since Ubuntu is still my favourite Linux distro, I went to have a quick look at the Ubuntu corner of "Install Fest" which is another track of Hackathon Day to guide people to install different Linux and Unix distributions. Other OS showcased there were Fedora, OpenSuse, OpenSolaris and FreeBSD.

Other photos I took can be found in my Picasa Web Album.

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