Last weekend I attended at the Fedora Activity Day Niederrhein 2010. It was my first FAD and very interesting. I got to know the 6 other Fedora Users here in my federal state ;-) and I believe there were around 12 FOSS users around. On the first day we had a little gpg keysigning party using gpg-key2ps fingerprint stripes. It went pretty well after we got a printer working so everyone else could print his gpg fingerprints cut them using the scissors I brought (Uh, I believe I also forgot to take the scissors home). I also answered some questions about gpg. But I was not sure which gpg keyserver to recommend, since subkeys.pgp.net is not as reliable as it was some years ago. But I know now a better one, it is
x-hkp://pool.sks-keyservers.net. I did not expect that much interest in gpg, since there was only one attendee listed on the wiki page, but then everyone took part.
The remaining time, I finally got to review the package submission from the first Fedora packager candidate I was going to sponsor, answered some generic FOSS questions / helped with removing the NVIDIA binary driver from a fresh installation and started to take a deeper look at the package status scripts. Most of the information did not look that interesting to me and since perl scripts seemed to be involved, I started writing/gathering some code to identify EOL packages in CVS, koji and PKGDB. I got it working, but it seems that the only way to do this for PKGDB is to query all packages instead of making it return such a list. The next step is to compare these lists to find packages, that are not marked as EOL in three databases. Another data source is the wiki, where another list needs to be compared. This is then going to be my first new status report script.
I believe the next Fedora meeting in my area will be at FrOSCon 2010 near Bonn, Germany. I hope I will be able to attend there, as well.