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Open Source Summit North America (Seattle, Washington)

April 16 - April 18

Open Source Summit is the premier event for open source developers, technologists, and community leaders to collaborate, share information, solve problems, and gain knowledge, furthering open source innovation and ensuring a sustainable open source ecosystem. It is the gathering place for open-source code and community contributors.

Open Source Summit is a conference umbrella, composed of a collection of events covering the most important technologies, topics, and issues affecting open source today. One of these is events is LinuxCon, where Elizabeth Joseph, Open Mainframe Summit Ambassador and Global Head, Open Source Program Office for IBMZ at IBM, will be on-site to give a presentation about the Linux Distributions Working Group.

On Wednesday, April 17 at 2-2:40 pm, she will give a presentation titled, “How Our Mainframe-Focused Working Group Solved Our Linux Distribution Maintainer Isolation Problem.” 

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. Add this to your schedule here.

You can find the complete schedule here. Learn more about the event or to register for it, visit the main Open Source Summit North America website here.