Thursday, February 09, 2012

Fosdem 2012 impressions

Back from FOSDEM 2012 and it was great again. More than 400 talks, about 5000 people attending, spread over multiple devrooms on ULB campus Solbosch in Brussels.

Listing everything I've done and seen is almost impossible, so I'll mention some highlights:

  • Coreboot is now available for a limited set of laptops
  • CERN is using Open Source Hardware
  • Tips and tricks for caching in web development
  • History of Open Source licenses, and other license related stuff
  • Team meeting with phpMyAdmin, outlining the future of the project
  • The talk of Freedombox mentions dreamplug : looks like a nice toy :)
  • Meeting a lot of people, both from my own team, people I've met at GSoC mentor summit, people from UGent and people I haven't met before
  • Community building : what works
  • Why Open Source should get non-geeks involved in their projects
And much, much more.

Looking forward to the next edition already : about 360 days to go. :)

Friday, February 03, 2012

Fosdem 2012

The yearly meeting of Free and Open Source Software Developers and enthousiasts is about to start. This weekend about 5000 people will come to Brussels for FOSDEM, to attend presentations, meet people and share knowledge.
I intend to go as well, if my health allows : I was hit by a virus in the beginning of this week and I am still recovering.
Anyway, apart from a lot of talks and presentations I want to go to, there is also a team meeting planned of my project, phpMyAdmin. And, at some point, I hope to run into some people I met at GSoC mentor summit last year.