DSC03962FOSDEM 2008 is over, and what a pity! Choosing among 200+ talks turned out to be a sweet puzzle which required thoughtful planning. It’s been two days jumping from room to room with a broad variety of topics and a common characteristic: quality content and crowded rooms, this FOSDEM thing is really a big event… the problem now is to get time to review all the notes.

I liked specially the Mozilla developer room (it was too small the first day, great decision to exchange spaces with openSUSE on Sunday). The Mozilla people are developing really interesting things, not only Firefox 3, also Prism, the Calendar, Songbird… and I love their “please don’t hurt the web” campaign.

DSC03963The Drupal room was also pretty cool; finally I could put some faces to the names I’ve been reading these last months. I’m really looking forward to pushing Drupal contributions, it’s a pity I can’t make the Boston conference.

Not surprisingly, Pieter and Benjamin have launched a new wikisite on patents.

I’m glad to see that GNOME is plenty of activity (and glad to see people like Rodrigo and Ismael around). I saw a strong web component and I liked it. On the other hand the new desktop effects are neat, I hope to see this stuff soon mainstream.

DSC04034The lightning talks (15 min max) are a great idea, however I think I had bad luck with the ones I tried (like Alfresco). Or maybe I was too tired on Sunday afternoon: I didn’t get the sugar in CakePHP, and the idea of managing forum flames with Greasemonkey + Track was way too much!

The organization was impeccable; everything was well thought and deployed. The timetable was respected, and the stands were informative (and with nice merchandising ;-)) … you FOSDEM people rock!

À la prochaine.


Esta entrada va especialmente dedicada a la comunidad española, que a los belgas ya los tengo más o menos localizados. ¿Vienes a la FOSDEM? ¿Te vas a pasar por el pre-evento cervecero en el Delirium Tremens? ¿Tienes pensado asistir a alguna de las 228 charlas? Pues no te olvides que estoy por aquí disfrutando del exilio, prometo ser un buen anfitrión.

In a few words

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.” (Pablo Picasso)

The only people who have anything to fear from free software are those whose products are worth even less.” (David Emery)

If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.” (Edsger W. Dijkstra)

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history–with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.” (Mitch Radcliffe)

More in 101 Great Computer Programming Quotes, via Peter Forret.



FOSDEM is the Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting, organized every year by volunteers at the ULB in Brussels. I think I wanted to attend this conference since the first edition, but unfortunately I never made it. Of course, this year it’s gonna be different.

The details for the 2008 edition are being revealed little by little in their Drupal-based website. We already know the keynote and the main track speakers –it doesn’t look as impressive as previous years though–, the developer rooms, the stands and some certification opportunities (LPI and BSD).

Did you want a good reason to come to Brussels? Here you have one.