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Wednesday, April 17 • 2:00pm - 2:40pm
How Our Mainframe-Focused Working Group Solved Our Linux Distribution Maintainer Isolation Problem - Elizabeth Joseph, IBM

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When you're the only maintainer caring for a somewhat niche part of your project, it can be very isolating. This was happening with maintainers of the s390x (mainframe) port of a number of Linux distributions, and so in 2021 we founded The Open Mainframe Project Linux Distributions Working Group to try and solve this.

The working group brought together maintainers of the s390x port of openSUSE, Debian, Fedora, Rocky Linux, and more to discuss and collaborate on shared issues, future planning, and access to hardware resources for development and testing.

This talk will provide a basic introduction to the s390x architecture to provide context to why collaboration is required and why maintainers sometimes struggled. Then we'll dive into some of the specific technical success stories the distributions have from this working group, and how that's managed to knock down those walls that were causing us to feel so isolated, and create a friendly, collaborative team.

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Elizabeth Joseph

Global Head, Open Source Program Office for IBM Z, IBM
Elizabeth K. Joseph is a Linux systems administrator who now leads the Open Source Program Office for IBM Z where she works with the community to explore Linux and z/OS workloads on mainframes. She has previously worked on distributed systems and has written books on Ubuntu and OpenStack... Read More →

Wednesday April 17, 2024 2:00pm - 2:40pm PDT
345-346 (Level 3)
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