Posted by: vwbusguy | February 25, 2011

SCaLE 9x Day 1: Fedora Activity Day

The first day of the Southern California Linux Expo has gone pretty well.  While the network still suffered, it was usable for most of the day.  This is partly helped by there being two wifi broadcasts on both 2.4 and 5 GHz.  The turnout seems pretty high so far, but the atmosphere doesn’t seem as crowded as it did last year.  This in in large part to the relocation of the event across the street to the Hilton from the Westin.

For the Fedora Activity Day this year, those in attendance worked on the content of building a Fedora System Administration Guide, which will be useful for people who want to learn to be a more advanced user and may even possibly help in training for certifications.

Because of the nature of this, a PXE install image was provided and participants could quickly install Fedora into a VM over LAN, which allowed users a means of hacking on the OS without concerns about affecting the stability of their running OS, though some opted for a local install anyway.

Generally, the attendance for this event (FAD) was much higher than last year, especially in considering the Fedora Ambassador to non-Ambassador ratio.  This format allowed for an interested person to quickly become engaged and then provide meaningful input.  For those who made comments, we collected their work and this will be integrated onto the wiki page in the near future.

For future Fedora Activity Days at SCaLE, we may use the material we worked on this year to facilitate discussions on how to do various tasks, such as setting up LDAP or bridging network devices.  With the high attendance and general interest I’ve seen so far, I’m anticipating a great event for the rest of the weekend.



  1. Scott, is the result of the FAD Fedora System Administration Guide sprint online yet, or drafted in a wiki page? As someone taking the RHCSA next year, I’d be interested in seeing how the Fedora SA guide is structured. Cheers.

    • Absolutely. Clint Savage (herlo) and Ben Williams (Southern_Gentlem) have contributed to it more than I, but the guide is available for further contributions at

      If you have any questions about it, feel free to email me.

      • Excellent – I’ve bookmarked the page. Thanks, Scott. Actually, I’d say the format of the FAD activity is also a good structure for studying as a group for RHSCA/RHCE. I’ve created a network of RHEL 5.6 and 6.0 KVM images on my local system for purposes of practicing for the test. I saw LPI at SCaLE this year, but if Red Hat could make it to next year’s SCaLE this would be a great RHAD for the day. Cheers.

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