After a 9 hours drive from Berlin we arrived in Brussels in the early morning. I haven’t been to Brussels for ages, so I was really surprised how urban this town looks. The buildings have all different heights and styles houses can have. I like that pretty much. First we visited a bakery, where we bought very tasty cakes. We arrived at the location where the FOSDEM took place much too early, so Tim took some sleep in the car and I walked aroud the ULB area (ULB is the Université Libre de Bruxelles) and found a c3d3-Logo.
Then I went to a very interessting talk of Ralph Meijer called “Publish/Subscribe and its use in Jabber”. This talk gave me an idea how RSS could be used more efficient than having it polled regurlarly thru a feed reader or for automated updates for example.
In the evening Tim and me were looking for a hotel, because our reservation went wrong somehow. So we found a nice shabby hotel called “Hotel de Paris” for a very resonable price. After I slept for around half an hour we moved out to get something to eat. We found a nice restaurant where I got mussels in white wine and a mousse au chocolate which was very yummy. Back in the hotel I watched some English premier soccer league and slept well.
The second day started for us with talks on Camino by Ludovic Hirlimann, a xulrunner and a Mozilla 2.0 introduction by Axel Hecht. The demo didn’t run because the beamer didn’t play with the laptop of Axel, but all three talks were really interessting.
Afterwards I ran into a talk about the software patent debate with the FFII activists Erik Josefsson from Sweden, Jan Macek from Poland, Benjamin Henrion from Belgium and Holger Blasum from Germany by accident, because the talk was very badly promoted and only a few persons attended. Holger mentioned the FFII Computing Wishlist, and I hope, that they’ll find some people who help them. Once again I recognized that I don’t have any clue how the European Parliament and the Commision really work. But I got some good ideas how to improve my personal help in this discussion. I’ll see in the next weeks if it can work that way.
Next was the talk of Alan Cox, which contained some real surprises for me. He talked i.e. about the Linux kernel and gave some informations I didn’t know before regarding Linus’ behavior on the kernel maintenance. That was somewhat funny and unfunny at the same time.
The OpenBSD talks I miss somehow nearly complete, because they finished it much too early. I wanted to see Reyk Flöters talk on open wireless drivers for OpenBSD. Too bad. I have only seen the last part of Henning Brauers talk on OpenNTPD. The talk was okay, but he fully read all content from the slides without saying much more than that.
The last thing I attended to was Harald Weltes talk on GPL Enforcement, which was good as ever, but nothing really new for me. Inbetween Tim gave the FOSDEM organizers a presentation of Pentabarf and I guess they were really excited about it.
After that last talk we drove to Amsterdam and we will stay there to talk about WTH stuff.
All in all the FOSDEM was a good and exiting event. The place was a bit dirty and messy, and parts were unprofessionally organized a bit, but it was very okay the way it was. Unlike usual Linux days for example, which usually target to end users, FOSDEM is a meeting point for developers of Open Source Software, so it was very inspiring for me. I like the idea of having developers rooms for all the groups, where they can hold their own talks. The only thing I need to critizise is the very bad internet connection during the two days (if there were any).
From now on this event is on my list of conference I’ll visit yearly. My fotos can be dound at Flickr.