FOSDEM '10 is a free and non-commercial event organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet. No registration necessary.



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.

Main sponsors

(in alphabetical order)


Belgian Network Solutions bvba helps multinationals and future-oriented SMEs in facilitating their information and communication technology, in keeping their servers, networks and "hosted" software in the air safely and cost-efficiently.
Belgian Network Solutions has been offering Colocation, IP Services and Managed Services in datacenters in and around Europe’s capital since 2005. Besides our own professional data rooms we also have a fully redundant network and highly technical stock-in-trade in the field of information and communication services.

Benesol hosts our server infrastructure.


BELNET is a federal government agency with a separate management within the Federal Research policy department. BELNET provides internet access with a very high bandwidth to Belgian educational institutes, research centres and government departments. More than 650,000 end-users use bandwidths of 10 gigabits a second; this is about 2,500 times faster than the normal broadband internet access available to most consumers.
References include all Belgian universities and most non-university higher education institutions, the computer network of the federal government departments (FedMAN), all federal scientific bodies, the largest public research centres and various government administrations. BELNET provides high-quality, secure internet access via CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) and a direct connection with worldwide research networks, including the American Internet2 and the European Géant2.
For more information, please go to

Belnet provides us a decent uplink to the internet.


Cisco enables people to make powerful connections - whether in business, education, philanthropy, or creativity.
Cisco hardware, software, and service offerings are used to create the Internet solutions that make networks possible - providing easy access to information anywhere, at any time.
Cisco was founded in 1984 by a small group of computer scientists from Stanford University. Since the company's inception, Cisco engineers have been leaders in the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies.
Today, with more than 67,000 employees worldwide, this tradition of innovation continues with industry-leading products and solutions in the company's core development areas of routing and switching, as well as in advanced technologies such as Application Networking, Data Center, Digital Media, IPICS, Mobility, Security, Storage Networking, TelePresence, Unified Communications, Video and Virtualization

Cisco provides all of our WLAN hardware and helps us setting up the wireless network.


Founded in February 2004, Facebook is a social utility that helps over 300 million people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. Over the past few years, the company has developed a number of open source infrastructure technologies to support the site's growth ( including Cassandra, Hive, Scribe, Thrift, and Tornado as well contributed to numerous open source projects including Hadoop and memcached. Facebook engineers actively participate in various open source projects, developing technologies that facilitate the sharing of information through the social graph. Facebook is a privately-held company and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

Facebook supports the event financially.

Linux Magazine

Linux Magazine is a monthly, English-language magazine serving readers in roughly 100 countries. Each article in Linux Magazine is focused on delivering the hands-on, technical information you need in your daily Linux use. As a bonus, each issue includes a DVD containing a full version of a major Linux distribution.

Linux Magazine has grown from a local UK publication to an internationally-active leader in the Linux Community, supporting events and organizations related to Linux and Open Source.

For more information please visit their website:

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


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.

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 GlassFish, GNOME, Mozilla, MySQL, NetBeans,, OpenSolaris, OpenSPARC,, 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


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.


A heritage of innovation...
Launched in 1985, a small company focused on "QUALity COMMunications" evolved into one of the telecommunications industry's greatest success stories. In 1989, Qualcomm demonstrated CDMA, a technology that changed wireless communications forever.
Qualcomm's support of the Eudora email program was an early demonstration of its commitment to open source software. In addition advances in CDMA and complementary technologies earned Qualcomm distinction as the world leader in 3G and 4G mobile broadband. Its ever-growing investment in R&D continues to drive the industry with new mobile breakthroughs.

Today, Qualcomm innovation is redefining mobility and empowering people to transform the way they live, learn, work and play.

Qualcomm supports the event financially.


Universite Libre de Bruxelles

The Université Libre de Bruxelles (or ULB) is a French-speaking university in Brussels, Belgium. It has about 20,000 students. They provide us with the location.

Cercle Informatique ULB

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