Spring 2018 Workshops

The FLOSSUK Spring conference runs workshops both before, and sometimes during, the main conference days. This year we will be publishing details of our workshops on this page as we announce them. Please visit regularly to see any updates, schedules or changes to the workshops.

  • Small Things for Monitoring
  • Introduction to Docker and Rancher
  • Raspberry Pi Workshop

Digital Forensics (Full Day)
Simon Biles

During this workshop, I propose to take the attendees through a full “forensic examination” of a USB stick. From safely imaging it on a Linux system, through the examination of the stick, the file system and the files – looking at the assorted file system artefacts and meta-data along the way.  We will go all the way through to creating a report – all using open source software.

The workshop will be modelled around a real forensic workflow that is used on actual court cases. Attendees would be required to bring their own laptop.

USB devices will be provided, there will be a requirement to have certain programs / packages installed and working – a list of these will be provided before the day.

Places will be strictly limited.



Simon is an Information Security and Digital Forensics Specialist. He’s lectured at DeMontfort University on Digital Forensics – most notably on “Alternative Operating Systems” – which, let’s face it, is what most of the attendees of this conference will be using – ‘cos basically it means “Anything that isn’t Windows”… He’s cropped up at a couple of FLOSS Spring Schools previously, so really he should know better by now, rather than doing talks instead…

Small Things for Monitoring
Jan-Piet Mens

Whether you want to monitor a bunch of temperatures or check for open doors in your data center, the ESP8266 microcontroller is a very inexpensive and easy thing to get started with. In this talk we show you a few of these tiny WiFi-enabled devices, look at a few use-cases, and we’ll also demo some things with MQTT and discuss integration into your monitoring environment.

There will be a free gift from FLOSSUK for those who attend and complete this workshop (gift is not part of any ticket cost and FLOSSUK reserve the right to withhold this offer).

Places at this workshop will be limited.


Jan-Piet Mens is an independent Unix/Linux consultant and sysadmin who’s worked with Unix-systems since 1985. Jan-Piet does odd bits of coding, and has architected infrastructure at major customers throughout Europe.

One of his specialities is the Domain Name System and as such, he authored the book Alternative DNS Servers as well as a variety of other technical publications. He also initiated the Open Source OwnTracks project. (http://jpmens.net)

Introduction to Docker and Rancher
Tim Fletcher

We are proud to host a full day workshop focused around Docker and Rancher. This event will cover a number of topics including:

  • What is docker?
  • What are dockerfiles
  • What is docker-compose
  • How to use overlay networks
  • Configure and manage docker repos

In addition to Docker we will also be looking at Rancher a complete container management platform. We will look at how to use Rancher with Docker

  • What is Rancher and how to I get started with it?
  • How do I deploy my services to Docker?

Delegates wishing to attend this workshop will need to bring a laptop with both Docker and Rancher installed. There will be no time set aside to install these on the day though we do hope to publish a brief minimum installation guide available to attendees.

Places at this workshop will be limited to 12 people.


Tim Fletcher is a recognisable member of the FLOSSUK community and serves on the FLOSSUK Council

Raspberry Pi Workshop
Gavin Atkinson
Tom Bloor

As with Spring 2017 we will be hosting a full day Raspberry Pi Workshop at the Spring 2018 Conference. The Raspberry Pi event is a free-to-attend (lunches will not be provided) event that works as a way to be introduced to, or further your understanding of, low cost computing platforms.

This year we will be looking at using Raspberry Pi with a range of sensors. There will be a number of Raspberry Pis at the event though we encourage you to bring along your own Pi, or borrow one for the day and mix it up with some of the sensors and equipment that will be around.

Tom and Gavin are experienced makers and they will be on hand to help individuals and teams create, learn and discover the joy of home hardware hackery.

Places at this event will be limited.