EuroBSDCon 2017 Trip Report: Mahdi Mokhtari12/05/2017
My summer kicked off in pretty awesome BSD-flavored form as I was invited by Netzkommune GmbH to work on the following FreeBSD-focused projects:
- Making FreeBSD suspend/resume work and test it on X240 (Haswell chip)
- Making VirtualBox-SharedFolder support work for FreeBSD guests
- Maintaining ports (like MySQL)
- Porting latest-stable of mod_pagespeed for FreeBSD
Naturally, my goal for attending EuroBSDCon was to connect with the right people to talk about things I’ve done and/or how to do (and finish it) in the best way.
For the MySQL and VirtualBox projects, I had been trying to reach out to Oracle for the upstreaming patches to find a way to make it less burdensome for everyone (i.e. me as the maintainer, and Oracle as main developer). I should note that it had been a long time since MySQL8.0 was upgraded. This is due to the fact that the source archive’s build system wasn’t correctly considered being built as a Position Independent Code (related to the kind of default is set and the number of ports it’s dependent on).
I met brnrd@ at Dev Summit so we could work together on MySQL8.0 (also based on a recommendation from a guy who works at Oracle that said brnrd@ has magical abilities 🙂 ). Together, we successfully updated our MySQL8.0 on FreeBSD to the latest upstream, which already had some patches included in the upstream.
I met other people like Li-Wen Hsu, whom I collaborated with on the the VirtualBox-Sharefolder. He shared some good information with me and provided me with the right connections that helped me to reach a conclusion and potential solution for the project.
I met Ed Maste, who helped me to resolve the licensing issues I was having with Oracle – since they didn’t seem to want to accept a patch unless it’s licensed under MIT or developer signs a contribution agreement.
During my meeting with bapt@, I asked him to check out my ideas about redesigning MySQL ports to:
- have separate libmysqlclient port
- being able to install different version of MySQLs installed at same time on a system
In addition to meeting all these folks at the conference, I also did a talk after lunch on the first day. I shared the details of the Netzkommune project related to FreeBSD and answered people’s questions related to the work. There also was a Linuxulator-related review (about adding execveat syscall) that I talked about, which people also shared their opinion on it with me.
To sum it up, I enjoyed the conference because I got a chance to meet a lot of people. The culture exchange was also a nice aspect of the conference. I met a lot of people from different places and different age groups. EuroBSDCon 2017 provided me a unique opportunity to meet and discover new things from every culture.