Thanks - enjoy pics and videos

FOSDEM 2007 is behind us and from the feedback we got it appears that it was a very nice edition. We've surely enjoyed it too and we'd like to thank all visitors, speakers, sponsors, contributors, donators -- basically everyone involved.

You can already enjoy some of the main track presentations in the video section (Ogg Theora format), and the pictures have been trickling in as well (send us more either trough flickr or by emailing pics at fosdem dot org).

If you have additional feedback for us, please enter it in our wiki.


Das siebte Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting ist ein zweitägiges Event zur Förderung von freier und Open Source software, durch Freiwilige organisiert. Es findet wie jedes Jahr in der schönen Stadt von Brüssel (Belgien) statt. Die FOSDEM-Veranstaltungen werden als "die besten Events bezüglich freier und Open Source Software in Europa" angesehen.

Mehr Informationen

Mailingliste: fosdem at lists.fosdem.org Dort werden Sie über die letzten Informationen auf dem laufenden gehalten.

Öffentliches Wiki: http://wiki.fosdem.org
RSS-Feed: http://fosdem.org/rss.xml
Planet Aggregator: http://planet.fosdem.org

Was ist FOSDEM

FOSDEM ist eine freie und nicht kommerzielle Veranstaltung für die Community und durch die Community organisiert. Dessen Ziel ist es, Entwickler und Communities von freier und Open Source Software einen Treffpunkt zu geben um
  • mit anderen Entwicklern und Projekten in Kontakt zu kommen
  • über die letzten Entwicklungen in der Welt der freien und Open Source Software informiert zu werden
  • an interessanten Präsentationen und Sessions teilzunehmen, die in großen Hörsaalen stattinden und von Leitern und wichtigen Mitwirkenden von freien und Open Source Projekten in unterschiedlichen Themenbereichen gehalten werden
  • die Entwicklung und die Vorteile von freien und Open Source Lösungen zu fördern
Da es sich um ein freies und nicht-kommerzielles Event handelt, ist die Teilnahme gänzlig kostenlos (wobei wir gerne Geldspenden und Sponsoring entgegennehmen). Um die Community zu unterstützen, stellt FOSDEM sogenannte "DevRooms" (Developer Rooms) Projekten zur Verfügung, in denen sie sich treffen und Präsentationen organisieren können. Dort können sie auch diskutieren, entwickeln (hacking sessions) und öffentlich die letzten Ereignisse und strategische Entscheidungen vorstellen. Das FOSDEM-Team ist davon überzeugt, daß es sehr wichtig ist, Software-Entwicklern der ganzen Welt die Möglichkeit zu geben sich zu treffen, und daß es den Projekten zugute kommt. Die übliche Infrastruktur an Internet-Verbindung und Beamer werden von uns zur Verfügung gestellt.

Letztes Jahr fanden in den Developer Rooms rund 140 Präsentationen statt, sowie in den "Main Tracks", die LPI-Prüfungen, Tutorial-Sessions sowie GPG/CAcert Key Signing.

Die Entstehungsgeschichte

Im Laufe des Jahres 2000 hat Raphaël Bauduin, ein Anhänger der Linux-Community in Belgien, entschieden eine kleine Veranstaltung für Open Source Entwickler zu organiseren. Er nannte es "Open Source Developers European Meeting" (OSDEM) und startete eine Mailing-Liste sowie eine kleine Website. Nur ein paar Wochen später tauchten viele Teilnehmer auf, gespannt auf ein aufregendes Event in Brüssel.

Raphaël schickte viele Einladungen an bekannte Persönlichkeiten der Open Source Szene: Rasterman, Fyodor, Jeremy Allison uvm. Alle gaben eine positive Rückmeldung, und OSDEM war auf dem Weg des Erfolgs.

Viele Jahre später ist OSDEM zur heutzutage allen bekannten Veranstalung "FOSDEM" herangewachsen.
Wir versuchen eine breites Spektrum an OpenSource-Projekten abzudecken und OpenSource-Entwicklern und -Anhängern eine Plattform zur Zusammenarbeit anzubieten, im wahren Sinne der Freien Software.
Jedes Jahr begrüßen wir über 3500 Besucher auf dem Solbosch Campus der ULB, während des letzten Wochenendes im Februar.


FOSDEM would not be possible without the generous help of our sponsors.
They really get the Open Source spirit, and thus help us organizing the event year after year.

Thank you very much!

Cornerstone sponsors


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 and 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.

Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems has held open systems to be the cornerstone of its philosophy since its beginning, and has always been dedicated to delivering hardware and software based on open industry standards. Today, Sun's commitment to Free Software is reflected in it being the single largest contributing organization, public or private, of software to FLOSS projects in the world.

Sun is a key contributor to many projects including OpenSolaris, OpenSPARC, OpenOffice.org, GlassFish, NetBeans, GNOME, Mozilla, X.org, and recently announced that its implementations of Java SE and Java ME specifications are being released under the GPL as the OpenJDK and Mobile & Embedded projects, respectively.

For more information about Sun's efforts in FLOSS, please visit http://sun.com/opensource.


Novell, Inc. delivers infrastructure software for the Open Enterprise. They are a leader in enterprise-wide operating systems based on Linux and open source and the security and systems management services required to operate mixed IT environments. They help their customers minimize cost, complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation and growth. For more information, visit http://www.novell.com.

With more than 35,000 registered members, the openSUSE project is a Novell-sponsored community initiative that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. For more information, visit http://www.opensuse.org.

For more information about Novell's efforts in Free and OpenSource Software, please visit http://developer.novell.com/opensource/ as well as openSUSE.org.

Main sponsors

(in alphabetical order)


AIGON was created in for just one purpose: providing a adequate data recovery services to its customers world wide. We are specialized in recovering data from hard drives and Raid Systems flash cards and pen drives. We at AIGON believe that we can achieve our company objectives by serving the interests of our clients. Adapting to our clients needs and wishes brings us closer to the daily reality and permits us to make quick changes in our own business processes.
If you are facing or you have faced a data loss we are glad to help you recover you data.
AIGON Data Recovery: Your Work ,Your Data, Our Responsibility

Aigon recovered the data from our crashed harddisk.


Argon7 is a one-stop-shop for graphical content creation and development of dynamic web sites as well as any specific solution that uses the Internet as a communication vector.
The goals of Argon7 is to remain human-sized, in order to keep a productive long-term relationship with its customers.

Argon7 designed the FOSDEM website and wiki themes.


Belgian Network Solutions is the leading housing, colocation and IP transit provider in Belgium.
Delivering services in the InterXion, LCL and MCI/Verizon facilities offering over 200 racks of space, fully meshed 10GigE DWDM rings and a fully redundant IP/MPLS infrastructure.
Belgian Network Solutions is the partner for all your datacenter solutions.

Benesol hosts our server infrastructure.


About Google: Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program, which is the largest and fastest growing in the industry, provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.

Google financially supports the event.


hakin9 is monthly magazine about hacking and IT security, covering techniques of breaking into computer systems, defense and protection methods. Their magazine is useful for all those interested in hacking - both professionals (system administrators, security specialists) and hobbyists.
The magazine is of Polish origin, but is also translated and published in other countries and language versions.

Hakin9 is donating 20 international subscriptions during FOSDEM 2007.

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 subscriptions to french-speaking donators.

Linux Magazine

Linux Magazine is the magazine for Advanced Linux Know-How. 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 subscriptions during FOSDEM 2007.

Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is an internationally recognized, vendor-independent organization advocating and assisting the professional use of Linux, Open Source and Free Software, through the certification of Linux professionals. Established as a non-profit organization in 1999, LPI is community based and supported. LPI’s certification program is delivered worldwide in multiple languages at over 7,000 testing locations and is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents. The organization has delivered over 120,000+ LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 exams and 35,000+ certifications, globally, since the program’s inception.
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) develops professional certification for the Linux operating system, independent of software vendors or training providers. Established as an international non-profit organization in 1999 by the Linux community, LPI develops accessible, internationally-recognized certification programs which have earned the respect of vendors, employers and IT professionals. LPI's activities involve hundreds of volunteers and dedicated Linux professionals throughout the world in many different capacities, and the group encourages active public involvement through mailing lists and its website at www.lpi.org.

LPI offers level 1 and level 2 certification exams with a 50% rebate to FOSDEM visitors and donates 10 EUR to FOSDEM per exam session taken during the event.

MISC Magazine

Each issue of the MISC magazine features an in-depth coverage of a specific topic through a series of articles exploring the focused subject.
Besides, regular columns provide the reader with advanced techniques pertaining to information security. Because security can not be limited to technical and scientific aspects MISC also consider related domains as law or information warfare.

MISC Magazine is donating 20 subscriptions to french-speaking donators.


Maemo provides an open source development platform for Nokia Internet Tablets and other Linux-based devices. It is built from components widely used in open desktop and mobile/embedded systems. The Maemo SDK contains the tools needed to create and port integrated applications, replicating the Internet Tablet environment in a PC.
maemo.org offers official tutorials, documentation and repositories of unstable versions for testing. The website enables more services devoted to and maintained by the Maemo community: software catalog, project hosting, documentation wiki, Planet news plus mail and IRC support channels.

Maemo is donating 3 Nokia N800 devices as giveaways to FOSDEM donators.

Think Wize

Think Wize is an open source integrator specialized in ERP and business applications.

Think Wize will refund the 5 best scoring LPI exams through their FOSDEM sponsoring.


Cercle Informatique ULB

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


The seventh Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting is a 2 days 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 and Open Source events in Europe."

More info

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What FOSDEM is

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event for the community and organised by the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers and communities a place to meet to
  • get in touch with other developers and projects,
  • get informed about the latest developments in the Free and Open Source world,
  • attend to interesting talks and presentations held in large conference rooms by Free and Open Source project leaders and commiters on various topics,
  • and to promote the development and the benefits of Free and Open Source solutions.
As for being a free event, participation and attendance is totally free of charge (although we thankfully accept donations and sponsorship). To help the community, FOSDEM sets up 'DevRooms' (Developer Rooms) where teams can meet and showcase their projects.It is also a place where a team can discuss, code (hacking sessions), publicly present latest directions, lightning talks, news and decisions. The FOSDEM Team thinks it is very important that developers from around the world can meet 'in real life' and we believe projects can benefit from these meetings. Common facilities such as network/internet connectivity and projectors are provided by us.

Last year there were around 143 talks in the developer rooms, and then the main tracks, as well as the LPI exams, plus tutorial sessions and GPG/CAcert key signing.

Some history...

During the year 2000, Raphael Bauduin, a fan of the Linux movement in Belgium, decide to make a small meeting for developers of Open Source Software. He called it: Open Source Developers European Meeting (aka OSDEM).
He created a mailing list, a small website and told about it around him. Just a few weeks later, lots of people were waiting for an exciting event in Brussels.

Raphael sent lots of invitations to known figures: Rasterman, Fyodor, Jeremy Allison and so on. They gave a positive response: the OSDEM was on the road to success.

Many years later, OSDEM has grown to the event we now know as FOSDEM. The event now tries to cover a wide spectrum of open source projects, and wants to offer a platform to people to collaborate in the true open source spirit. Every year, during the last weekend of February, we welcome 3500 visitors at the ULB Solbosh campus. Raphael is no longer the only one behind FOSDEM, altough he still remains very active. A list of The entire staff can be seen here, together with some information on their involvement in the FOSDEM conference.

The Team

in alphabetical order
  • Alain Buret
  • Christophe Vandeplas
  • Damien Sandras
  • Dries Verachtert
  • Floris Lambrechts
  • Gerry Demaret
  • Jan Gyselinck
  • Jan Van Buggenhout
  • Jan de Coster
  • Jan-Frederik Martens
  • Jochen Maes
  • Juan Rial
  • Mattias Guns
  • Nicolas da luz Duque
  • Pascal Bleser
  • Philip Paeps
  • Philippe De Swert
  • Raphael Bauduin
  • Xavier Claessens
  • ...
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