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			<h1>FOSDEM 2011</h1>
			<p class="meta"><a href="" title="View all posts in News" rel="category tag">News</a> &middot; February 6th, 2011 &middot;  <a href="" title="Posts by Femke">Femke</a></p>
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				<p><a href=""><div id="attachment_5752" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 410px"><img src="" alt="2008" title="2008" width="400" height="150" class="size-full wp-image-5752" /><p class="wp-caption-text">2008</p></div></a><a href=""><div id="attachment_5753" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 410px"><img src="" alt="2009" title="2009" width="400" height="150" class="size-full wp-image-5753" /><p class="wp-caption-text">2009</p></div></a><a href=""><div id="attachment_5754" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 410px"><img src="" alt="2010" title="2010" width="400" height="150" class="size-full wp-image-5754" /><p class="wp-caption-text">2010</p></div></a><a href=""><div id="attachment_5755" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 410px"><img src="" alt="2011" title="2011" width="400" height="150" class="size-full wp-image-5755" /><p class="wp-caption-text">2011</p></div></a></p>
<p>Gaffer-tape galore at the ULB-campus again, it is that time of year. As always it takes a deep breath before I push the battered swing doors of the main location and dive under in the fluorescent-lit hallways filled with thousands of developers. The yearly <em>Free and Open source Software Developers&#8217; European Meeting</em> gathers participants to any F/LOSS project you can think of.<br />
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Any project? This year, none of the dev-rooms, lightning-talks, BOFs, keynotes or tracks was devoted to Libre Graphics; fonts and visuals are missing from the overloaded program except for a <a href="">lightning-talk on Libre Graphics Magazine</a> by ginger coons. Someone behind me whispers: &#8220;A yellow slide, and blue hair &#8230; that must be interesting!&#8221;, and of course it was.</p>
<div id="attachment_5766" class="wp-caption alignnone" style="width: 410px"><img src="" alt="" title="P1110671" width="400" height="320" class="size-medium wp-image-5766" /><p class="wp-caption-text">ginger coons getting ready for her lightning-talk.</p></div>
<p>In the opening-speech, <a href="">Eben Moglen</a> rallies participants to &#8220;bring Freedom to their friends in the street&#8221;, and the gigantic lecture hall, filled-up to the last seat, responds excitedly to the connection Moglen makes between Free Software and current protests in Tunesia and Egypt. &#8220;There&#8217;s no time to waste,&#8221; he says; &#8220;Free Software <em>must</em> bring Freedom to the people&#8221;. I&#8217;m happy too, to see FOSDEM connect to a larger political reality than the F/LOSS-community itself (the 2008 opening speech <a href="">Tux with Shades, Linux in Hollywood</a> being an all-time low) and hoping that the <a href="">OS Telephony track</a> will put a bit of nuance to the statement that freedom is &#8220;when people bring their data home&#8221;.</p>
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<p>We meet up with Claudia, Nicu, Michael, Agnez, Juliane, Amalia, Natalia, Pierros, Koen (inviting OSP to <a href="">Void Warranties</a> in Antwerp), Wauter, John, Jon, Jakub (documenting FOSDEM this time), ginger, Donna (she is now <a href="">LPI certified</a>!), Peter (happily manning the <a href="">openSUSE</a> stand), Wynke (organised a <a href="">LinuxChix</a> meet and explained how the <a href="">Anti-harassment policy</a> made it to the FOSDEM booklet against all odds) and many more. Some of them we&#8217;ll meet again tonight for dinner &#8212; it is an opportunity to start preparing LGM 2011.</p>
<p>In-between, I manage to see some talks and presentations; as always a mixed bag. The interesting observations from Dave Neary (&#8220;<a href="">Community Anti-Patterns</a>&#8220;) keep running through my head, and I was fascinated by the talk on <a href="">Crash Data Analysis</a> in the Mozilla Dev Room. </p>
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<p>When all talks have ended, I wonder along the row of stands, trying to decide on this years&#8217; souvenir: sticker or mug or T-shirt? I settle for a gold-colored pin: Free Software Foundation. Established in 1985.</p>
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				<h3>1. <a href='' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Pascal Bleser</a></h3>
				<p class="meta">Feb 7, 2011 at 2:30 am			</p>

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				<p>Yeah, we know, about the Tux with shades talk&#8230; again, sorry about that&#8230; The topic and the abstract did sound very interesting. Lesson learned.</p>

				<h3>2. <a href='' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Ricardo Lafuente</a></h3>
				<p class="meta">Feb 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm			</p>

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				<p>Wow, thank you for the great write-up! Wish we had been there <img src='' alt=':-)' class='wp-smiley' /> </p>

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				<p class="meta">Feb 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm			</p>

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				<p>Tx Femke 4 taking that deep breath &amp; reporting back!</p>


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