Recording and streaming mostly working!
As pointed out during the opening talk, we have a completely new recording and streaming workflow this year. After some teething problems this morning, we're happy to report that most things are now working!
Unfortunately, we were not able to record or stream the opening presentation and the first part of Karen Sandler's Identity Crisis keynote.
Our video team and network team are working hard to fix the remaining teething problems and we hope to be able to have everything working smoothly in very short order.
Keep an eye on https://live.fosdem.org/ for streams! Note that even if the streams are not working, presentations are being recorded. Recordings will be available very shortly after (or possibly even during) the conference.
Please bear with us!
FOSDEM needs you!
We would really like some more volunteers, particularly for crowd control and infodesk duty (selling t-shirts, being helpful, etc).
If you have some spare energy, the FOSDEM team would really appreciate some more volunteers to help out particularly with crowd control and selling t-shirts at the infodesk.
Please report to the infodesk in the K building (ask for Koert!) to claim a bright orange t-shirt and help us make FOSDEM even better!
IPv6-only wireless network again!
Last year we turned off IPv4 on our main
FOSDEMwireless network. They idea is to confront developers with the IPv6-reality and encourage them to fix bugs. Progress has been made, but there is a lot of work left to do!
FOSDEM is a unique opportunity to confront thousands of developers with an IPv6-only reality. We are hopeful that making our default network IPv6-only will encourage people to fix bugs in applications and devices.
FOSDEMnetwork has NAT64 and DNS64 transition measures in place for communicating with the legacy internet. For those who need it, the
FOSDEM-legacywireless network provides the same dual stack connectivity we offered on
FOSDEMprior to 2014.
While last year we had "seatbelts" in place for flipping
FOSDEMback to dual stack, we decided not to implement those this year. If the main network catches fire, we will just have to fix our bugs!
FOSDEM: IPv6-only, provides NAT64 and DNS64. Recursive DNS resolvers announced with RA and DHCPv6. If you need to configure DNS manually, use 2001:67c:1810:f056::2 and 2001:41d0:2:1959:21c:c0ff:fe88:6f58
FOSDEM-legacy: provides native IPv6 and legacy IP connectivity. No DNS64.
BoF rooms and Announcement + Job corner
Just like previous editions, we will have two freely bookable rooms for open source communities to use (BoF rooms), as well as an announcement corner and job corner. See below for the details.
Announcement and job corner
There will also be an announcement corner and a job corner again in the H building. Any announcement regarding open source software, communities or events around FOSDEM can be put there. At the job corner, you can put job offers assuming they involve open source software (no active flyering/recruiting allowed).
The BoF room concept is simple: any project or community can reserve a timeslot (fifteen minutes to an hour), during which they have the room just to themselves.
These rooms are intended for ad-hoc discussions, meet-ups or brainstorming sessions. They are not a replacement for a developer room and they are certainly not intended for talks. The rooms are deliberately not equipped with projectors. The rooms are small and cosy. There are seats for approximately thirty people.
Reservations can be made only during the event and are on a first-come, first-served basis. The signup sheets will be at the infodesk in the H building, the rooms are in the same building (second floor).
Call for volunteers
With FOSDEM just around the corner, it is time for us to enlist your help.
Every year, an enthusiastic band of volunteers helps us make FOSDEM a fun and safe place for all our attendees. We could not do this without you. This year we again need as many hands as possible, especially during the buildup (starting Friday at noon) and teardown (Sunday evening). No need to worry about missing lunch. Food will be provided.
If you have some spare time during the weekend and would like to be a part of the team that makes FOSDEM tick:
We need help with the following:
- Setting up the venue on Friday: this mostly involves carrying tables to their destinations and setting them up, putting up signage, covering the walls in brown paper, ... in short: transform the campus into a conference venue. We need as many volunteers as possible for this task.
- Deploying the network on Friday: rolling out, neatly securing and crimping UTP cables. People with experience rolling out networks and crimping cables are very welcome!
- Manning the infodesk during the weekend: help out fellow attendees with their questions, sell t-shirts, ... . Proficiency in English is a must, but if you know other languages, it certainly wouldn't hurt.
- Heralds: briefly introduce the speakers and the topics of their talks, make sure all talks end on time by giving speakers cues near the end of their time slot. Keep an eye out on room safety and report potential issues such as overcrowded rooms before it becomes more than a "potential" issue.
- Safety: keep an eye out for hazardous situations such as patches of ice that could trip people up, overcrowded rooms, ... This also involves barring entrance to rooms that are at full capacity so we can keep the conference safe for everyone. This can be combined with moderation.
- Teardown and cleanup on Sunday evening: collecting beer bottles, tearing down the network, pulling brown paper off the walls, taking down the signage, stacking the rental tables in neat heaps, broom the floors, ... Basically, make sure we're welcome again next year. ;)
In addition to general volunteer work, we are also looking for volunteers specifically to help out with video-related work. This involves:
- Operating a camera;
- Regulating audio levels;
While A/V experience is of course always welcome, all that's really needed is that you're interested; on-the-job training will be provided.
Last set of FOSDEM 2015 speaker interviews
Our collection of interviews with the FOSDEM 2015 main track speakers is now complete.
We proudly present the last set of speaker interviews:
- David Chisnall: The CHERI CPU. RISC in the age of risk
- Holger Levsen: Stretching out for trustworthy reproducible builds. The status of reproducing byte-for-byte identical binary packages from a given source
- Jonathan Woodruff: BERI. An open RISC softcore for research and experimentation
- Karen Sandler: Identity Crisis: Are we who we say we are?
- Lukas Berk: Ubiquitous Performance Analysis and System Introspection. An introduction to Performance Co-Pilot and Systemtap
- Ryan MacDonald: Living on Mars: A Beginner's Guide. Can we Open Source a society?
- Tom Van Baak: Precise time: from CPU clocks to hacking the Universe. Adventures of a time nut
See you at FOSDEM this weekend!