The Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) is a two-day event organized by volunteers to promote the widespread use of Free and Open Source software.
Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM meetings are recognized as „The best Free Software and Open Source events in Europe”.
Mailing list: fosdem at lists.fosdem.org.
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FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community for the community. The goal is to provide Free Software and Open Source developers and communities a place to meet to:
- get in touch with other developers and projects;
- be informed about the latest developments in the Free Software and Open Source world;
- attend interesting talks and presentations held in large conference rooms by Free Software and Open Source project leaders and committers on various topics; and
- to promote the development and the benefits of Free Software and Open Source solutions.
Participation and attendance is totally free, though the organization gratefully accepts donationals and sponsorships.
The FOSDEM team thinks it is very important for Free Software and Open Source developers around the world to be able to meet in „real life”. To this end, we have set up Developer Rooms (DevRooms) with network/internet connectivity and projectors where development teams can meet and showcase their projects. DevRooms are a place for teams to discuss, hack and publicly present latest directions, lightning talks, news and discussions.
We believe developers can benefit a lot from these meetings.
Last year, there were more than 160 talks in the Developer Rooms in addition to the many main-track talks, the lightning talks and the LPI exams and the PGP/CAcert keysigning events.
In 2000, Raphael Bauduin, a fan of the Linux movement in Belgium, decided to organize a small meeting for developers of Open Source software. He called it: Open Source Developers’ European Meeting (OSDEM).
Raph created a mailing list, a small website and spread the word to people around him. Only a few weeks later, lots of people were waiting for an exciting event in Brussels!
Invitations were sent to well-known figures in the community: Rasterman, Fyodor, Jeremy Allison and so on. They all gave a very positive response and the OSDEM was on the road to success.
Many years later, OSDEM has grown to the event we now know as FOSDEM.
We now try to cover a wide spectrum of Open Source and Free Software projects, and offer a platform for people to collaborate in the true Open Source spirit. Every year, usually during the last weekend of February, we host around 4000 visitors at the ULB Solbosh campus.
Raphael is no longer the only one behind FOSDEM, after 7 years of hard work he left the team for new Open Source plans. A list of the entire staff can be seen here, together with some information on their involvement in the FOSDEM conference.
in alphabetical order
- Alain Buret
- Christophe Vandeplas
- Dries Verachtert
- Elise Huard
- Floris Lambrechts
- Gerry Demaret
- Jan Gyselinck
- Jan Van Buggenhout
- Jan-Frederik Martens
- Jochen Maes
- Juan Rial
- Mark Van den Borre
- Mattias ‘Tias’ Guns
- Pascal Bleser
- Philip Paeps
- Philippe De Swert
Call for volunteers
FOSDEM 2011 is just around the corner, and you can help us make it a success again. If you’ve frequented FOSDEM during previous years, you can’t have missed our little army of enthousiastic volunteers who helped us make FOSDEM a pleasant experience for all our visitors. If you want to be a part of this great team, here’s your chance to sign up!
More specifically, we need help with the following tasks:
- Setting up the venue
- Manning the Infodesk
- Handling the donations
- Translating for our foreign guests
- Manning the cloakroom
- Handling taxis for speakers
- Moderating the main tracks and the lightning talks
- Cleaning up after the event
- Making sure everyone has a good time
If any or all of these sound like your cup of tea, you’re more than welcome to lend a hand during the event. All you have to do is send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you’re on your way to becoming a part of the team that makes FOSDEM what it is! All help is appreciated, even if it’s just a couple of hours in between talks.
Helping hands are especially welcome on Friday from 9am onwards. If you’re in the neighborhood, just come to the venue and look around for geeks in yellow shirts. I’m sure they can come up with dozens of things for you to do…
PS: Obviously we wouldn’t want our volunteers on Friday to miss the beer event. So no worries there, we’re going too!
See you at FOSDEM!
We are happy to announce the first details of the FOSDEM 2011 program!
As keynote speakers, we are very proud to host Eben Moglen, Jonathan Corbet and Chris Lattner:
- Eben Moglen will speak about „Why Political Liberty Depends on Software Freedom More Than Ever”,
- Jonathan Corbet will speak about „How kernel development goes wrong and why you should be a part of it anyway”,
- and Chris Lattner will close off with a keynote on Clang and the LLVM compiler infrastructure.
On top of that, there will be 6 fantastic main tracks, succinctly named ‘Browsing’, ‘Cloud’, ‘Frameworks’, ‘Languages’, ‘Office’ and ‘System’.
Read on below for the current list of main track talks.
A more detailed schedule, including devroom schedules, talk abstracts and speaker info, will be published after we’ve taught the conference management system to behave more nicely ; )
- Lennart Poettering: „systemd: Beyond init”
- James Turnbull: „DevOps – More than Marketing”
- Spike Morelli: „I’m Going M.A.D.”
- Michael Meeks: „Liberating Open Office Development”
- Jos van den Oever: „WebODF: an office suite built on browser technology”
- Boudewijn Rempt: „Calligra Under the Hood — Using the Calligra Suite Office engine in your own applications.”
- Andrew Gerrand: „Practical Go Programming”
- David Fetter: „PL/Parrot: Cutting Edge Free Software”
- David Chisnall: „Objective-C: Not just for Macs and iPhones”
- Andrew Godwin: „Django’s architecture – the good, the bad, and the ugly”
- Martijn Dashorst on Apache Wicket
- Gratien D’haese: „Linux Disaster Recovery as a Service (with rear)”
- Soren Hansen: „Building a free, massively scalable cloud computing platform”The Storage Technologies Behind Facebook Messages
- Manik Surtani: „Data-as-a-Service with Infinispan”
- Nicolas Spiegelberg „The Storage Technologies Behind Facebook Messages”
- Paul Rouget: „The life of a Firefox feature”
- Kenneth Christiansen: „Qt Webkit goes Mobile”