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Tuesday, November 19 • 3:20pm - 3:55pm
Building the Cloud Native Kernel: Kubernetes Release Engineering - Tim Pepper & Stephen Augustus, VMware

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Is Kubernetes a kernel or distribution? Yes! It is necessarily both!

CRD’s, out-of-tree cloud providers, and CNI/CSI/CRI abstractions evolve Kubernetes’ core toward an extensible kernel.

At 2017, KubeCon NA Tim Hockin and Michael Rubin started a conversation on formalizing “Kubernetes upstream as a distro”, proposing we clean up thinking/processes, define tools/standards, incentivize distros to stay close. They argued for a Kubernetes reference distribution focused on correctness and stability.

So where is it?

After a slow start, we have momentum in 2019 to improve conformance, API stability, and better documented support stances. However to understand why we don’t (yet) have an upstream reference distro, we need to dive deep on build/release/test tooling.

This talk will summarize Kubernetes distro issues/advances and potential contribution areas for individuals and companies.

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Stephen Augustus

Lead, Cloud Native Tools & Advocacy, VMware
Stephen Augustus is an active leader in the Kubernetes community. He currently serves as a Special Interest Group Chair (Release, PM), a Release Manager, and a subproject owner for Azure.Stephen leads the Cloud Native Developer Strategy team at VMware, driving meaningful interactions... Read More →
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Tim Pepper

Software Engineer, VMware
Tim is a Senior Staff Engineer in VMware's Open Source Technology Center with over 20 years in open source. He works as an open source developer advocate and contributor to Kubernetes (current Code of Conduct Committee elected member; past SIG Release co-chair and WG LTS co-organizer... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 3:20pm - 3:55pm PST
Room 1AB - San Diego Convention Center Upper Level