Last week I had the good fortune to attend (and speak at) ApacheCon North America. While the event is still fresh in my head, I wanted to jot down a few notes about the conference and talks I attended.
Despite attending roughly nine billion open source conferences (perhaps a slight exaggeration) over the last few years, this was my first ApacheCon. I had expected a slightly larger event, but it turns out the conference had somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 people, which made for a pretty cozy event.
For my money, events are interesting at 300 people to about 1,500 people. At 300 (give or take) you can interact with a sizable chunk of the attendees, and it usually feels pretty low-key. Events much larger than 1,500 people just seem overwhelming.
Luckily for me, my talk was on Tuesday right after lunch – and it was a talk I’d given a version of previously, so I was able to hone my slides before the talk rather than creating a whole new presentation for ApacheCon. The upshot was I had the opportunity to attend and enjoy quite a few talks.
As I’ve already covered Kirk Kosinski did a few talks on troubleshooting CloudStack. Those were really useful for folks who are using CloudStack currently, or will be soon. Kirk spends quite a lot of time in the “trenches,” and gets to see all sorts of fun and interesting issues....