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What is FOSDEM?

What is FOSDEM?


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FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate. Every year, thousands of developers of free and open source software from all over the world gather at the event in Brussels.

My experience at FOSDEM

My experience at FOSDEM

FOSDEM was a great experience. There were a lot of interesting talks. I didn't really socialize with many people, but I talked to some of the stands. I was mainly there for the talks, which were interesting, but I think that it might be better to go for meeting people.

I enjoyed it and would go again. I am not saying that it is for everyone since it is very free and open software related.

Projects that I had not heard of

Projects that I had not heard of

Open Source Design

A community of designers and developers pushing more open design processes and improving the user experience and interface design of open source software.

Apache Beam WARNING this site contains proprietary or unlicensed JS!

Apache Beam is an advanced unified programming model. You can choose your language and your runtime with Apache Beam. It is not the easiest thing to explain but it seems useful.

The illumos projects

I had no idea that solaris based OS's were still around. It is probably something that many people know about, but I didn't.

Google Summer of Code WARNING this site contains proprietary or unlicensed JS!

You probably didn't expect Google to be on this list but I actually like the idea behind this. Summer of Code is something for students that is supposed to give students an open source project.

I think that it is a competition, but I am not sure. The cool thing is that it is all about open source. I haven't checked of it also allows free software projects. Open source is a great start though.

Other interesting projects

Other interesting projects


GuixSD is an advanced distribution which respects the freedom of computer users. This distribution is almost completely written in GNU Guile. This is a distro that I really want to run. It is just so cool.


LibreOffice is a powerful free (as in freedom) office suite. They were looking for contributors and LibreOffice is a cool project in general, so I might contribute when I find some time. I am not sure how or even if I will contribute, but I am interested in contributing.


You know that I had to talk to the Free Software Foundation Europe people since I am a free software enthusiast. I might even join a local group in the future. Belgium does not have one right now, but that could change. Since I was not the only one who talked about that apparently.

Librem 5

A project by Purism (which is a cool company). The Librem 5 is supposed to become the first free (as in freedom) phone.

I am not sure of it will be that free when I listened to the answers of some people their questions. They also seemed to still have a few issues. I really want this project to succeed, but I am honestly not sure of it will.

Even more projects

There were too many projects to mention them all. Nextcloud, Gitlab, Ceph and many other unmentioned projects were also there. Most projects at FOSDEM are awesome, so don't assume that this list contains all the awesome projects.