Fedora Users Gather In Berlin for LinuxTag And Fedora 11 Development

Berlin

United States, February 25, 2009

Fedora Users and Developers Conference Will Reach Large EMEA Audience

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration project, announced today that the Fedora Project will host the Fedora Users and Developers Conference (FUDCon) between June 26-28, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. FUDCon is a periodically held, community event where the Fedora community meets to discuss and collaborate on cutting edge technology features that eventually become part of the next release of the Fedora platform.

FUDCon will be held in Europe, in part because it will be co-located with LinuxTag, Europe's leading exhibition on Linux and Open Source, and also because there is increasing interest in the Fedora Project throughout Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) markets.

"Fedora community members are in every corner of the world and in order to keep our global community healthy, we regularly hold FUDCons outside of North America," said Max Spevack, former Fedora Project Leader and current manager of Red Hat's Community team. "Following successful events in Brno, Czech Republic in 2008 and Boston, Massachusetts in January 2009, we are very excited to bring FUDCon back to Europe."

FUDCon Berlin is being organized in conjunction with LinuxTag, where Fedora has had a strong presence for several years. The FUDCon event will leverage the large audience at LinuxTag to ensure that Fedora can reach both users and developers equally well. The conference will run from Friday through Sunday, and will include speeches in English and German that are both user and developer focused, as well as a self-organizing BarCamp and multiple hackfests. Discussion topics include Fedora 11, open source education, packaging RPMs, and open source infrastructure tools for provisioning and managing systems.

"Momentum around FUDCon Berlin will mirror the major uptick in Fedora involvement that we've seen over the last 6 months. Since the release of Fedora 10 we've seen about 1 million new installations and approximately 2 million unique visitors to fedoraproject.org each month," said Paul Frields, Fedora Project Leader. "We are very pleased about the number of contributors and interest that we are seeing in the Fedora Project, and we intend to build on that enthusiasm at FUDCon Berlin."

Attendance at FUDCon is free, but registration is recommended. For more information about FUDCon Berlin 2009, please visit the Fedora Project wiki: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FUDCon:Berlin_2009

About The Fedora Project & Red Hat, Inc.

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