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FOSDEM 2011

These days I’m in Bruxelles, .be, at FOSDEM 2011 [1], together with friends from ROSEdu.
The Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting is a two day conference that brings together Open Source enthusiasts, stuffs them into a building and waits for them to fight with each other in geekiness.
The two day schedule is very crowded, from 9 AM to 6 PM, with event in 10 rooms at the same time. Alongside the presentations, communities and companies have stands in the hallways. Everyone who is anyone is here. Fedora, Mandriva, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Debian and Ubuntu, Gnome and KDE, Mozilla, OpenOffice and LibreOffice, PostgreSQL, BSD, Perl and many others. You can buy T-Shirts, badges and other geeky souvenirs from practically every stand (I bought a couple of gifts I can’t wait to give). O’Reilly has a huge list of open source related books for sale. CACert.org brought assurers for the Web of Trust (I didn’t get to assure any new people, but I did do some 0 points assurances of other assurers). In the Embedded building, communities/companies like BeagleBoard have a showcase for embedded devices that run Android or other embedded distros.
The presentations were form boring to very interesting, but I didn’t get to see more than a few. The first one I went to was a bout LLVM, a new compiler that is suppose to be the next gcc. Went to one about HTML5 and it was the first time I heard talking about the fact that “HTML5 is here” and not “HTML5 is coming” (I can’t wait to hear the same thing about IPv6) and learned some interesting things about HTML5. One more presentation, on a similar topic was about “The browser as a desktop” and how the web will evolve. Another one was about Google’s Go programming language… interesting, but I still didn’t get why Go was better than other languages. As part of the lightning talks of 15 minutes, an interesting one was about CyaTLS, an implementations similar to OpenSSL, only for embedded devices. Another interesting presentation was one from OpenStack about open source Cloud solutions, but could have used more technical details. But the most interesting presentation for me was the very last one, “How kernel development goes wrong”, from a Linux kernel developer with an inside look into the Linux Development Community.
The event was interesting. talked to some people there (for example some guys from Mozilla Europe that told me about a rising community in the Balkans, so that would Include Romaina, and told him that maybe we might collaborate). I learned about some new things, found out more about already known things. So, overall, it was an interesting experience.

[1] http://fosdem.org/2011

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