FOSDEM

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FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting) is a non-commercial, volunteer organized European event centered on free and open source software development. It is aimed at developers and anyone interested in the free and open source software movement. It aims to enable developers to meet and to promote the awareness and use of free and open source software.

FOSDEM is held annually during the first weekend of February at the Université Libre de Bruxelles Solbosh campus, situated in the southeast of Brussels, Belgium and easily reachable by public transport from Brussels-Central railway station.

History[edit]

FOSDEM was started in 2001 under the name OSDEM (Open Source Developers of Europe Meeting) by Raphael Bauduin. Bauduin has said that since he felt he lacked the brains to properly contribute to the open source community, he wanted to contribute by launching a European event in Brussels. It was an immediate success, with speakers coming from all over the world.

This encouraged the team to repeat the event. The F (of FOSDEM) was added at the request of Richard Stallman.[1]

The event has been annually in February since then, with growing numbers of visitors, talks and tracks.[clarification needed]

At present, the meeting hosts about 4,000 visitors every year.[2]

Jimmy Wales at FOSDEM, 2005

Conference history[edit]

Event Date Keynote Speakers Resources
2001
Tracks
Developer rooms
2002
Tracks
Developer rooms
2003 The History of Free Software (Jon 'Maddog' Hall),
FSF (Richard Stallman)
Tracks databases, desktop, education, multimedia, security, toolkit, tutorials
Developer rooms embedded software, gnome developers, GNUstep, KDE, Mozilla, PostgreSQL
2004 The open source paradigm shift (Tim O'Reilly),
FSF (Richard Stallman)
Tracks accessibility, Java, Linux kernel, Scripting languages, security, X&Co
Developer rooms Debian, Java, OpenMosix, MySQL, Embedded software, KDE, Mozilla, Tcl
  • 2001 - Event named OSDEM, started by a team of five people. Organized in two months.
  • 2002 - Event renamed to FOSDEM, at the request of Richard Stallman. Attendance grew to a few thousand.
  • 2003
    • Keynotes: The History of Free Software (Jon 'Maddog' Hall), FSF (Richard Stallman)
    • Tracks: databases, desktop, education, multimedia, security, toolkit, tutorials
    • Developer rooms: embedded software, gnome developers, GNUstep, KDE, Mozilla, PostgreSQL
  • 2004
    • Keynotes: The open source paradigm shift (Tim O'Reilly), FSF (Richard Stallman)
    • Tracks: accessibility, Java, Linux kernel, Scripting languages, security, X&Co
    • Developer rooms: Debian, Java, OpenMosix, MySQL, Embedded software, KDE, Mozilla, Tcl
    • Tutorials, unofficial talks served as a platform for ad hoc talks.
  • 2005
    • Keynotes: Wikipedia (Jimmy Wales), FSF (Richard Stallman)
    • Tracks: Desktop, Development tools, GRID/Clusters, Linux kernel, Packaging tools, security
    • Developer rooms: Calibre, Clustering, Dokeos, Embedded software, Gnome, GNU Hurd, KDE, Opengroupware, PHP/Pear, GNU Classpath, Debian, Drupal, Gentoo, GNUstep, Jabber, Mozilla, Perl, Tcl
    • Unofficial talks were again present.
  • 2006
    • Keynotes: Richard Stallman, GPLv3 discussion
    • Tracks: Desktop, Development, Security, Systems, Voice over IP, Web 2.0
    • Developer rooms: Ada, GNU Classpath, Embedded software, Gnome, Jabber, Linux on Laptops, Opengroupware, Tcl/Tk, Calibre, Debian, Gentoo, GNUstep, KDE, Mozilla, openSUSE, X.org
  • 2007
    • Keynotes: OLPC (Jim Gettys), Liberating Java (Simon Phipps)
    • Tracks:*
      • main tracks: Opening/closing talks, Security, Desktop applications, Development and languages, Kernel, Web, Internet Services
      • side tracks: Lightning Talks, Key Signing
    • Developer rooms: CrossDesktop, KDE, Gnome, openSUSE, Mozilla, GNU Classpath+OpenJDK DevJam, CentOS+Fedora, Jabber, OpenGroupware+GNUstep, Python, Research Room, X.org, Gentoo, Debian, Embedded
  • 2008
    • Keynotes: "Tux with Shades, Linux in Hollywood" (Robin Rowe), How a large scale opensource project works (Robert Watson), Status update of Software Patents (Pieter Hintjens)
    • Tracks: Opening/Closing talks, Languages, Build Systems, Games, Packaging, Virtualization, Web
    • Developer rooms: BSD+PostgreSQL, CentOS+Fedora, CrossDesktop, Debian, Drupal, Embedded, Free Java, GNOME, JBoss, Mozilla, OpenOffice.org, openSUSE, Research Room, Ruby on Rails, X.org
    • There were lightning talks about miscellaneous subjects.
  • 2009
    • Keynotes: "Free. Open. Future?" (Mark Surman), Debian (Bdale Garbee), Google Summer of Code: A behind the scenes look at a large scale community (Leslie Hawthorn)
    • Tracks: Distributions, Languages, Security, Systems, Collaboration, Kernel
    • Developer rooms: Ada, BSD+PostgreSQL, CentOS+Fedora, CrossDesktop, Debian, Drupal, Embedded, Free Java, GNOME, GNUStep+Groupware, Jabber+XMPP, KDE, Mozilla, OpenOffice.org, openSUSE, Ruby on Rails, X.org
    • There were lightning talks about miscellaneous subjects.
    • Various activities: Key Signing Party, Open Source Initiative special session, etc.
  • 2011
    • Keynotes: "Why Political Liberty Depends on Software Freedom More Than Ever" (Eben Moglen), "LLVM and Clang" (Chris Lattner), "How kernel development goes wrong and why you should be a part of it anyway" (Jonathan Corbet)[3]
    • Tracks: Systems, Web browsing, Cloud, Languages, Office, Web frameworks[4]
    • Developer rooms: Crossdesktop, Data analytics, Cross distro, Embedded, Free Java, GNU, Jabber & XMPP, Mono, Mozilla, MySQL & friends, Security & hardware crypto, World of GNUstep, Accessibility, Configuration & Systems management, LibreOffice, New challenges in virtualization, Open source telephony, Perl, PostgreSQL[4]
    • There were lightning talks about miscellaneous subjects.[5]
    • Various activities: PGP key signing,[6] certifications,[7] beer drinking,[8] etc.
  • 2012
    • Keynotes: "Free Software: A viable model for Commercial Success" (Robert Dewar), "A new OSI for a new decade" (Simon Phipps), "Re-thinking system and distro development" (Lars Wirzenius), "Freedom, out of the box!" (Bdale Garbee)[9]
    • Tracks: Future of UI, Hypervisors, Network and IO, System, Community, Development[9]
    • Developer rooms: Ada, CrossDesktop, CrossDistribution, Embedded, Free Java, GNUstep, Hardware Cryptography, JBoss.org, Jabber and XMPP, Legal Issues, LibreOffice, Mono, Mozilla, Open Mobile Linux, PostgreSQL, Virtualization and Cloud, X.Org+OpenICC, Configuration and Systems Management, Graph Processing, Microkernel OS, MySQL and friends, Open Source Game Development, Perl, Security, Smalltalk, Telephony and Communications,[10]
    • There were lightning talks about miscellaneous subjects.[11]
  • 2013
    • Keynotes: "How we made the Jenkins community" (Kohsuke Kawaguchi), "The Devil is in the Details" (Amelia Andersdotter), "The Keeper of Secrets" (Leslie Hawthorn)[12]
    • Tracks: Graphics hardware and FOSS[13]
  • 2014[14]

Financing[edit]

Entrance and participation in the event is entirely free. It is financed by sponsors who accept the non-commercial nature of the event, and by donors amongst the visitors. Donors receive an incentive in form of a token present. Everything is organized and set up by volunteers.

FSF Award[edit]

The Free Software Foundation's ceremony for the Award for the Advancement of Free Software was held at FOSDEM from 2002 to 2006 (for the awards for 2001 to 2005).[16][17]

Other similar conferences[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fosdem 2002: Fosdem organiser interview". Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  2. ^ "About FOSDEM". FOSDEM. 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Keynotes". Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Tracks". Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lightning talks". Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Key Signing & CAcert Assurance". Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Certification Exams". Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Beer Event". Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Main Tracks 2012". Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Devrooms 2012". Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lightning Talks 2012". Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  12. ^ FOSDEM 2013 - Keynotes. Archive.fosdem.org (2013-02-03). Retrieved on 2013-09-19.
  13. ^ "FOSDEM 2013 - Tracks". Archive.fosdem.org. 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  14. ^ "FOSDEM 2014 - Home". Fosdem.org. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  15. ^ "FOSDEM 2014 accepted developer rooms". Fosdem.org. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  16. ^ GNU Project (26 September 2008). "Prior Years' Free Software Award". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  17. ^ Sullivan, John. "Award for the Advancement of Free Software". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 

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