Thoughts about FOSDEM 2017
norman.feske at ...1...
Tue Feb 7 13:04:13 CET 2017
hereby I'd like to share my impressions from FOSDEM this year.
I looked forward to FOSDEM very much - in particular to the microkernel
devroom - and all I can say is that it was a pleasure to attend. Thanks
to everyone who contributed to it! The following points stood out to me:
* The topics in the devroom were nicely diverse, ranging from kernel
design, over the use of microkernels in microcontrollers (F9),
entertaining experience stories (MINIX), to practical walk throughs
(HURD). Even though the projects are not directly working together
in term of code developments, the collaborative spirit was clearly
there. What a nice and friendly gathering!
* I found David Teller's (Redox) take on explaining the benefits of
microkernels quite refreshing - highlighting practical aspects like
an easier upgrade path for system components compared to monolithic
systems. As a side node, it was stunning to see the popularity of the
Redox project according to crowd watching the talk.
* Martin Decky (HelenOS) briefly presented the idea of forming an
open-source microkernel umbrella organization, i.e., to increase the
chance of acceptance to GSoC. Admittedly, we (Genode Labs) haven't
planned to apply to GSoC (we tried once but were rejected with no
feedback). However, personally, I'd support the idea of a joint
application of the larger community. Martin and Jakub proposed to
use the FOSDEM devroom and thereby the same community that is behind
microkernel.info as umbrella organization. This sounds sensible to
me as this community already exists to the mutual benefit of everyone
involved, and is open for everyone to join. I wonder, do you (the
people of the Genode community) have an opinion about this idea,
and GSoC in general?
* I got very excited about the presentation of the WireGuard project,
which is a new take on virtual private networking for the Linux
kernel. Not only was the presentation a joy to follow, the project
seems to be a perfect fit for a distributed Genode system. It
addresses my main concern about existing open-source solutions like
OpenVPN and IPSec, namely their daunting complexity. I am not a
VPN expert though. From those of you who are familiar with both VPN
solutions and Genode, I'd love to hear your thoughts on WireGuard!
* I found the SAFE network talk very inspiring in that the project
presents a holistic architectural solution to many problems that
plague the internet today. Since having watched the talk, I wonder
if it would make any sense to have the SAFE launcher available on
Again, thanks to all participants of the devroom (especially Josef), and
for the many vivid discussions at FOSDEM. See you next year!
Dr.-Ing. Norman Feske
http://www.genode-labs.com · http://genode.org
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