[FOSDEM] accepted devrooms

Mattias 'Tias' Guns mguns at fosdem.org
Wed Nov 3 17:25:09 CET 2010

Below you can find the list of accepted devrooms, also on 

We were very pleased with the devroom proposals we received, as many 
were collaborative proposals with ample opportunity for 
cross-pollination between projects. As a side effect, this did make the 
decision process even harder.

We asked the devroom organizers to send a copy of their call for 
papers to this mailinglist, and in the near future we will collect the 
different calls on our website.

Following devroom requests were accepted, and will have a room of 
varying size on Saturday or Sunday:
* Accessibility
The goal is to talk about and focus on accessibility across multiple 
distinct technologies and open source projects.
The most notable Berkeley Software Distributions are perhaps the major 
open source BSDs (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly BSD) which have 
themselves spawned a number of children. FreeBSD-kernel is also used in 
Linux projects like Debian GNU/kFreeBSD.
* Configuration/Systems Management
Mini-talks from real world case studies, brainstorming and hacking 
around configuration and systems management from complex virtual 
environments and cloud computing to desktops and laptops.
* Crossdesktop
The "CrossDesktop" developer room is a collaboration across KDE, GNOME 
and XFCE to host talks about common topics, freedesktop.org as well as 
* Data Analytics
Open Source tools for Data Analytics. This includes Machine Learning, 
Text Mining and Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, 
Recommender Engines, Visualisation, Data Mining, Large Scale and 
distributed data processing, etc.
* Distribution Miniconf
As last year, the idea is that rather than having several 
distributions with their own respective and individual Developer Room, 
we will host mixed conference rooms where talks and sessions will be 
organized by topic, with contributors from all distributions attending 
and participating.
* Embedded
Focus on working with embedded systems, cross-compiling, low memory 
footprints and all that is related to running open-source software on 
low power or mobile devices.
* Free Java
With JDK 7 due to make an appearance, our goal is to provide a venue 
for the developers and users of the Free Java projects to collaborate 
and discuss on a range of topics from virtual machines through to 
deployment on FOSS operating systems.
The goal is to promote discussion on the advancement of the GNU coding 
standards and maintainers guidelines as well as the packages 
implementing them, and strengthen the community of maintainers and 
* Jabber/XMPP
The Jabber/XMPP devroom brings together developers of XMPP-using 
applications. The room will be used for presentations and tutorials on 
the protocol itself as well as specific projects, hacking on XMPP 
projects and protocol development discussions.
* LibreOffice
Our goals is to present ourselves and collaborate on development 
topics, introduce the idea of the Foundation and make one more 
important step towards open and transparent processes.
* Mono
Mono is a software platform designed to allow developers to easily 
create cross platform applications. We feel that by embracing the 
successful, standardized .NET software platform, we can lower the 
barriers to producing great applications for Linux.
* Mozilla
Contributors and staff of the Mozilla Project will give presentations 
and lead discussions on different areas of the project, notably, the 
latest version of Firefox, hacks.mozilla.org, HTML5 demos, Jetpack 
Development, SeaMonkey etc...
* MySQL & friends
Talks and discussions related to the MySQL Server Ecosystem. We'd like 
to cover sessions about best practices (e.g. performance tuning, 
scaling, high availability) as well as introductions into related 
technologies and projects.
* New challenges in Virtualization
There are several projects related to virtualization and the many open 
problems it poses. This devroom aims to be a meeting point where 
developers of these projects can meet to reinforce their cooperation.
* Open Source Telephony
The purpose of this devroom is promote cross pollination between 
projects in the telephony space. There are a good number of open source 
telephony projects out there and their goals may differ, but they all 
have certain values in mind, such as standards and interoperability.
* Perl
We are going to organize presentations and hacking sessions on a 
number of Perl related open source projects such as Dancer, 
Mojolicious, Rakudo and Padre, as well as other Perl related projects 
such as Perl DBI and MongoDB.
* PostgreSQL
FOSDEM is the second most important conference for the European 
PostgreSQL community (after our own PGDay). The majority of talks will 
be developer talks, use cases, and PostgreSQL related applications are 
also welcomed.
* Security / hardware crypto
The goal is to to raise the awareness of OpenSC and smart cards in 
general. The room targets both "core" PKI related software people, who 
work on libraries other developers use, and developers of any software 
supporting private keys.
* World of GNUstep
The goal is to teach interested developers how to write cross platform 
applications or port Cocoa applications to Linux, BSD and Windows using 
GNUstep; share news about the latest development and plans on GNUstep; 
code sprints, hacking, discussing...

The FOSDEM staff.

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