FOSDEM '08 is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet.



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.


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

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

For more information about Novell's efforts in Free and OpenSource Software, please visit as well as

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,, GlassFish, NetBeans, GNOME, Mozilla,, as well as its implementations of Java SE and Java ME under the GPL as the OpenJDK and Mobile & Embedded projects, respectively.

For more information about Sun's efforts in FLOSS, please visit

Main sponsors

(in alphabetical order)


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

Google supports the event financially.

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 international subscriptions during FOSDEM 2008, as well as hosting and recording the Live Streaming in Janson.


Linux+DVD magazine is a quarterly totally devoted to Linux and Open Source. Linux+DVD is a series of topical issues, which take up the questions concerning effective use of Linux at everyday work, as well as developing advanced technologies based on Open Source software and alternative operating systems.

Linux+DVD is donating international subscriptions during FOSDEM 2008.

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. Since the programs inception, LPI has delivered over 155,000 exams and 47,000+ LPIC certifications around the world.
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

LPI offers level 1, level 2, level 3 and Ubuntu certification exams with an almost 50% rebate to FOSDEM visitors and donates 10 EUR to FOSDEM per exam session taken during the event.


Emakina is the leading interactive agency on the Belgian market and mostly works for large accounts such as Proximus, Fortis, Wrangler, D'Ieteren, Brussels Airlines or Electrabel Suez. With more than 250 collaborators throughout its European network, Emakina Group is present in Belgium, France and The Netherlands.
As a major (and passionate) player in web development, Emakina has developed strong skills in Open-Source frameworks. The latest developments at this level include the successful implementation of Drupal CMS for PIAS and Knauf Insulation.

Emakina Group is listed on Alternext Brussels, an Euronext segment for fast-growing SMEs.


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. 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 5 Nokia N810 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 and 3 best BSDA 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.


Ric Johnson from the OpenDomain.Org organization kindly donated the domain to the FOSDEM organization.
OpenDomain.Org registers domain names to prevent them being registered by domain squatters. They then put the domains to good use, by lending them to projects which could benefit from them.