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CentOS Connect & FOSDEM 2024

(adapted with love from Fedora's event page


CentOS Connect

CentOS Connect is the contributor conference for CentOS, focusing on CentOS Stream, Special Interest Groups, and the entire Enterprise Linux ecosystem. CentOS Connect at FOSDEM happens February 1-2, 2024, as part of the FOSDEM Fringe.

  • Website:
  • Location: Raddison Collection Hotel, Grand Place - Royal Room
  • 47 Rue du Fossé aux Loups, Brussels,1000,Belgium
  • Time Zone: Central European Time (CET), or UTC+1
  • Schedule:
  • Rocky Talks / Events: Releng Meetup, see below
  • Format: In-person participation only, live-streaming available


FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas, and collaborate. Every year, thousands of developers of free and open source software from all over the world gather at the event in Brussels. You don't need to register. Just turn up and join in! FOSDEM 2024 will be held on 3-4 February 2024.

  • Website:
  • Location: ULB Campus Solbosh, Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, 50, 1050 Bruxelles
  • Time Zone: Central European Time (CET), or UTC+1
  • Schedule:
  • Rocky Talks / Events: See below
  • Format: In-person participation only, live-streaming available

First time at FOSDEM? Read the FOSDEM practical info guide to learn more.

Timing and Location

The events are easily reachable by public transportation. For details, see below. If you are afraid of getting lost, the following links might help you:

CentOS Connect - Raddison Collection Hotel, Grand Place (Royal Room)

FODSEM 2024 - ULB Campus


Most of the Rocky folks attending are staying in the Marriot Renaissance Brussels Hotel, or the Marriot Executive Apartments, which are directly next door.

This hotel is roughly half way between the Grand Place (city center) and the ULB campus, where the CentOS Connect and FOSDEM events are being held, respectively.

As we're all staying in the same place, we can travel in groups as needed.

Schedule at-a-glance

Thursday, 1 February

  • CentOS Connect Meetups (morning) and presentations (afternoon)
  • Arrival time: 08:30 - 09:00
  • Rocky Releng Planning & Meetup scheduled
    • Begins at 09:00 in Oslo room
  • Conference programming: 09:00 - 13:00 (Meetups), 14:00-16:00 (Sessions)
  • Evening reception hosted by CentOS celebrating 20 years of CentOS
  • Location TBD

Friday, 2 February

  • CentOS Connect presentations continue
  • Arrival time: 08:30 - 09:00
  • Arrival time: 08:30
  • Conference programming: 09:00 - 18:30
  • Rocky Contributor Dinner: 19:30 - ???
  • Location TBD

Saturday, 3 February

  • FOSDEM - ULB Campus
  • Arrival Time: 09:30 - 10:30
  • Conference programming: 10:30 - 19:00

Sunday, 4 February

  • FOSDEM - ULB Campus
  • Arrival Time: 08:30 - 09:00
  • Conference programming: 09:00 - 17:00

Rocky presence

If you are a Rocky Contributor or Community member planning on attending FOSDEM or CentOS Connect, we would love for you to add your name to the list and come introduce yourself! Use the comments column to specify your role in the Rocky community.

No Name RAS Thu, 1 Feb Fri, 2 Feb Sat, 3 Feb Sun, 4 Feb Travel itinerary Languages Comments
1 Neil Hanlon neil ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ BOS->IAD->BRU arriving Morning of 30th en, bad fr Rocky Infrastructure Lead, RESF Founder
2 Louis Abel label ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ x PHX->IAD->BRU arriving Morning of 29th en, bad es Rocky Linux Release Engineering Lead, RESF Founder
3 Sherif Nagy sherif ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ DUB->BRU arriving evening of 31st en, ar, bad de Rocky Linux Release Engineering member, RESF board member
4 Krista Burdine grammaresque ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ DFW->LHR->BRU arriving noonish on Tuesday 30th en, sp RESF Community Manager
5 Antoine Le Morvan alemorvan ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ RNS->BRU arriving 4PM of 31th fr, bad en RESF Member, Documentation Author & Translation Lead
6 Brian Phan bphan ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ SFO->IAD->BRU arriving Morning of 31st en, bad fr Rocky Community Member
7 Forrest Burt fburt ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ PDX->AMS->BRU arriving Morning of 31st en Rocky Community Member
8 Pablo Greco pgreco ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ EZE->MAD->BRU arriving evening of 29th en, sp, it Rocky Linux Release Engineering member, altarch guru

Speakers / Events

No Name Date Time Speaker(s) Location Description
1 Rocky Linux Release Engineering - Meetup and Planning Thursday, 1 February TBD Neil Hanlon, Louis Abel CentOS Connect - Meetups Join members of the Rocky Linux Release Engineering team as we work to plan the road ahead for Peridot, the build system built specifically to enable Rocky Linux and its Special Interest Groups (SIGs). This meetup offers a platform for the Peridot developers and release engineering teams, as well as other interested parties to come together to analyze, plan, organize, and pave the way for a more efficient and streamlined release process for the core Operating System and SIGs. All are welcome to join this conversation regardless of your familiarity with Peridot or the Rocky Linux project!
2 Warewulf: an overview, new features, and community updates Saturday, 3 February 14:10 - 14:20 UA2.118 Brian Phan Warewulf is a simple, lightweight, stateless cluster provisioning tool. This talk will cover a high-level overview of Warewulf and its features. It will also provide a sneak peak into features coming in version 4.5 such as grub netboot and disk provisioning with Ignition. Finally, we will provide some organizational updates within the project such as formalization of community engagement, establishment of a technical steering group, and how you can get involved in the project today.
3 Updates and Innovations with the Apptainer Platform Saturday, 3 February 14:45 - 14:55 UA2.118 Forrest Burt Apptainer, an open-source containerization software built for HPC and used by over 25,000 computing sites worldwide, entered the Linux Foundation about two years ago. This was accompanied by a rebasing in version and a fresh roadmap of features for the software project moving forward. A significant amount of development has happened both on these features and on methods of utilizing Apptainer itself for greater efficiency in HPC since this changeover. This talk will explain these developments, including new support for fully rootless builds and installs of Apptainer, ways Apptainer now leverages the Linux user namespace for some of its features, innovations in using Apptainers with MPI and fabric adaptors, and the usefulness of ORAS protocol in software supply chain management and its current state of integration with OCI registries.

Goals & Messaging

Stub, fill in - mostly around SIGs and supporting the community in a variety of facets.