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It’s time to charge your laptop and grab your headphones because Open Source Summit North America is going virtual. Every year, this event—presented by The Linux Foundation—provides a unique opportunity for cross-collaboration with and in the open source community. Running from June 29th through July 2nd, Open Source Summit provides the ideal opportunity to learn from the open source community and make new lasting connections with like-minded peers. 

So, what can attendees expect from this immersive digital experience? For starters, the nature of this virtual event eliminates the physical barriers with in-person summits. Now, everyone who wishes to join in can network with other participants, attend presentations with live Q&A sessions, interact with sponsors in real-time and much more—all from the comfort of their own homes.

VMware joins the Open Source Summit 2020, as a Gold Sponsor and several of our experts will be sharing best practices and insights, as well as presentations of their open source work. Aside from Monday’s keynote moderator discussion with Linus Torvalds, Creator of Linux and Git, and VMware’s Vice President and Chief Open Source Officer Dirk Hohndel, here’s a breakdown of some of our hosted sessions:

Encouraging other people to participate in your company’s open source project is not an easy task, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. However, there are some things that you can do to increase your chances of success. In this talk, VMware’s Director of Open Source Community Strategy Dawn Foster will explain how openness and transparency, growth and corporate factors impact outside participation in corporate open source projects.

Ansible is an automation framework used by admins to efficiently log into all of the machines they are responsible for. VMware Open Source Developer John Hawley will provide a hands-on tutorial that will walk attendees through the very basics of Ansible—getting it set up and running, passing data, fetching information and generally becoming comfortable with the basics of configuration management. Note that a laptop sufficiently capable of running two virtual machines will be required.

Today’s computer systems are so complex that when a task or response to an event takes longer than expected, it’s not easy knowing what the culprit is. The Linux operating system contains several utilities that allow a user to see where things may be going awry. Open Source Engineer and Linux Kernel Maintainer  Steven Rostedt will cover many of these utilities and briefly explain how to use them. Additionally, he will discuss the new synthetic event interface that allows users to create a histogram in the same time it takes any two events to occur.

Open Policy Agent (OPA) is an open source, general purpose policy enforcement engine that can be configured as a Kubernetes admission controller. OPA policies created by your team provide fine-grain control over workloads deployed in your Kubernetes cluster. It’s also a Cloud Native Computing Foundation incubated project in use by some of the biggest enterprises in the world. In this session, Cloud Native Field Engineer Rachel Leekin and Staff Kubernetes Architect Jamie Duncan analyze real-world OPA use cases from Fortune 100 companies, providing attendees with practical examples and information to help improve Kubernetes security policies.

This is just a sneak peek of the sessions hosted by VMware experts at Open Source Summit 2020. And as with any new event format, we welcome and encourage participant feedback in order to provide the best experience possible. We can’t wait to chat with you about everything from fostering participation in open source projects to solving Linux system latency and much more.  

We look forward to connecting and collaborating with you at Open Source Summit 2020! Stay tuned to the Open Source Blog and follow us on Twitter (@vmwopensource) for updates leading up to the summit.