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FOSDEM – Free and Open Source Software Developers European Meeting

FOSDEM Kicks off this weekend in Brussels, Belguim 5-6 February. 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”.

Some history…

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.

Below is a list of the main track speakers that will be present at the event:

  • Manik Surtani (Infinispan)
  • David Chisnall (Objective-C)
  • Nicolas Spiegelberg (Facebook Messages)
  • Chris Hofmann (Mozilla Firefox)
  • Jos van den Oever (WebODF)
  • Michael Meeks (LibreOffice)
  • Chris Lattner (LLVM)

Schedule for mobile

Here is the schedule for the event that can be used with a variety of mobiles and mobile operating systems, So this way you can have the schedule with you without the need to print it out. Print out versions are available directly from the site if you follow the link at the end of this post.

  • Online mobile schedule: http://m.fosdem.org
    Experimental, using jQueryMobile
  • Android: fosdem-android and Giggity
    Both available in the android-market
  • Debian: fosdem-schedule
    Repackaged fosdem-maemo for 2011
  • iOS: fosdem2011
    Link to source in above link to app store.
  • Maemo5: fosdem-schedule
    Repackaged fosdem-maemo for 2011
  • N900: Sojourner
    Polished and renewed foschart
  • Symbian semperFosdem
    Port of fosdem-schedule for Symbian S60/Qt
  • WebOS: fosdem-webos
    Also available in the app store

For further information, please go to the main FOSDEM site.

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