Brussels / 31 January & 1 February 2015


Are distributions really boring and a solved problem?

Recently distributions are often perceived as boring, and working mostly on solved problems, as the focus is moving away to hype stuff such as configuration management or the Cloud. However, distributions are in the best spot to address a number of important challenges -- both old ones that never had a satisfying solution so far, and arising ones. I will describe ongoing work on some of those challenges (mainly in Debian), as well as some thoughts on how we could address other challenges.

The goal of this talk is to review a number of ongoing work in Debian and other distributions, and try to motivate people to work on some important issues. Though centered on Debian due to my experience, I believe that it will be equally valuable for people from other distributions.


Lucas Nussbaum