2006 Edition Free and Open Source Software Developer's European Meeting

Our Sponsors

Organizing a free event like the FOSDEM is impossible to do without money. That is why the FOSDEM needs sponsors.

Cornerstone sponsor
 1. O'Reilly

Once again, we are proud to have O'Reilly as one of our sponsors.

They are the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. We communicate the knowledge of experts through our books, conferences, and web sites. Their books, known for their animals on the covers, occupy a treasured place on the shelves of the developers building the next generation of software. Their conferences and summits bring innovators together to shape the revolutionary ideas that spark new industries. From the Internet to the web, Linux, Open Source, and now peer-to-peer networking, O'Reilly puts technologies on the map.

O'Reilly offers 2 passes to O'Reilly's EUROSCON 2006. There will be a draw for 10 € or more donators.


 2. Google

Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the way people connect with information. Google's innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top Internet destination and its brand one of the most recognized in the world. Google maintains the world's largest online index of websites and other content, and Google makes this information freely available to anyone with an Internet connection. Google's automated search technology helps people obtain nearly instant access to relevant information from it vast online index. For more information, visit .

Main sponsors

This Belgian small company developed this new web site and its administration tools.


Canonical Ltd. is committed to the development, distribution and promotion of open source software products, and to providing tools and support to the open source community.

Canonical is sponsoring the travel of Jeff Waugh.


ESCAUX’s net.PBX gives small-to-medium-sized businesses control over when and how to deploy VoIP technologies, provides flexibility in terms of integration and reduces total cost of ownership. Based on open standards and the open source asterisk project, ESCAUX net.PBX delivers freedom from proprietary vendor technology lock-ins.

ESCAUX is providing VOIP telephony during FOSDEM 2006.

 GNU/Linux Magazine France

GNU/Linux Magazine France is the leading French magazine covering GNU/Linux software, development and configuration.

GNU/Linux Magazine France is donating 20 susbcriptions to French-speaking attendees.

 Linux Magazine

In Linux Magazine, you'll find the tools, tutorials, reviews, and concrete technical discussions you'll need to unlock the secrets of Linux.

Based in the UK, Linux Magazine serves the international English-speaking Linux Community.

Linux Magazine is also published in German, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish.

Linux Magazine is donating 20 international susbcriptions during FOSDEM 2006.


Misc, the Multi-systems & Internet Security Cookbook, is the first French security magazine covering security with Unix and non-unix systems, from the programmer to the system administrator point of view.

Misc is offering 20 subscriptions to French-speaking attendees.


Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

Nokia is donating 2 Nokia 770 to FOSDEM 2006 organization as give away to FOSDEM 2006 donators.



Novell is a large company with an impressive number of software engineers, support staff, and consultants dedicated to Linux and open source. In part due to its acquisitions of SUSE Linux and Ximian, Novell has some of the industry's most talented open source engineers. Novell employees are also significant contributors to key open source projects: the Linux kernel, the Reiser file system, AppArmor, YaST, Mono, GNOME and KDE desktops, Evolution, Mozilla and

Novell is sponsoring the travels of Crispin Cowan and Michael Meeks.

 Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems has held open systems to be the cornerstone of its business philosophy since the beginning. From desktops to supercomputers, and from development tools to productivity suites, Sun is dedicated to delivering hardware and software based on open industry standards. Today, through shared technology innovation, Sun's continued commitment to Open Source is reflected in its leadership and key contributions to the many projects including OpenSolaris,, GNOME, Grid Engine,, Jini, JXTA, NetBeans, Project GlassFish, Mozilla, Tomcat, and myriad others.

Sun sponsors 2 workstations for the donation returns and lends us some hardware for the event.

 Think Wize

Think Wize is a young technology and services company, which started in the hot summer of 2003, and specialises in offering open solutions.

Think Wize is looking for the 3 brightest LPI-students. Through our FOSDEM sponsoring we will pay back your LPI-exam cost.

Promotional sponsors

A uniquely rich software repository and searchable archive for end-users, hosts a database of the Web’s largest index of Unix, Linux, Mac OS X and handheld software with related discussions and version announcements. provides searching and filtering capabilities for users who come to the site looking for specific tools and applications.


Linux-Magazin, founded in 1994, is Europe's longest running Linux publication. Linux-Magazin is the German-language source of information for Linux Professionals.

More Open Source developers collaborate on more projects at than anywhere in the world. Robust online services facilitate real time software collaboration and distribution across virtual teams. Specialized communities, called Foundries, enhance peer-level participation around specific technologies. hosts close to 100,000 projects with close to 1 million registered users.


 Cercle Informatique ULB

The "Cercle Informatique ULB" is a group of students who help us booking and using ULB rooms during FOSDEM.

 Linux Community is the top German-language Linux portal, covering all aspects of Linux. The main German-language Linux portal is promoting us with banner advertising

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