FOSDEM is a yearly free and non-commercial event in Brussels, from February 5th till February 7th 2010. It's organized by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide free and open source developers a place to meet. This page is to coordinate Maemo participation. See also the Maemo activity on FOSDEM 2009

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Key dates

From the FOSDEM website:

  • 2009-11-22: Deadline for main track talk requests
  • 2009-11-22: Deadline for stand requests
  • 2009-11-29: Acceptance notification of stands and main tracks
  • 2009-12-20: Deadline for lightning talk requests
  • 2009-12-28: Acceptance notification of lightning talks
  • 2010-01-03: Deadline for KDE, cross-desktop and cross-distro devroom
  • 2010-01-05: Deadline for mobile/embedded devroom
  • 2010-01-08: Deadline for GNOME devroom
  • 2010-02-06 to 2009-02-07: FOSDEM 2010


First things first. What is the kind of participation we want to have? Think big (but with your feet on the floor). There is always time to cut down.



Maemo is closely aligned to four of the tracks in FOSDEM this year (not counting cross-desktop, which is an intersection of GNOME and KDE tracks).

Here you will find information about each of the tracks, including links to calls for papers and instructions to submit, and proposals that have been made for each track so far.


Track chair
Philippe de Swert
The embedded/mobile room is the place to be for people with an interest in everything small, hidden, with different CPU's and/or a gadget or mobile device.

Here we discuss and present things like hacking your phone, PDA or router and everything about cross-compiling. The people that gather here are usually doing tons of cool stuff with small low-powered devices, from playing music to controlling big and complex systems.

See the call for papers for submission details


KDE is an international community that creates Free Software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, and comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites. KDE offers hundreds of software titles in many categories including web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development.
Call for papers
Closing date for submissions
January 3rd, 2010


Track chair
Christophe Fergeau
The GNOME devroom will host talks about the GNOME Desktop Environment and its underlying technologies. Some of these talks will target developers wanting to learn about the latest happenings in GNOME, some others will be meant for a wider audience to present the latest evolutions of the GNOME desktop from a user point of view.
Submission details
Closing date for submissions
January 10rd, 2010


Track chair
Kenny Duffus
Submission details
Submissions by email to Kenny

Crossdistro Summit

We at FOSDEM want to push the envelope of our mission even further by organizing something along the lines of a "distribution summit" during FOSDEM 2010.
The idea is that rather than having several distributions with their own respective and individual Developer Room, we will host mixed conference rooms where talks and sessions will be organized by topic, with contributors from all distributions attending and participating. Any linux distribution can participate.
Call for participation

Devroom? says:

Our goal for the developer rooms is to stimulate developer collaboration and cross-pollination between projects. 
We are reworking the concept of devrooms a bit, to better achieve those goals using the room capacity we have.

Lightning talks

15 minutes of fame:

FOSDEM is looking for Maemo developers

See Android, iPhone and maemo developers wanted


Please keep the list in alphabetical order by first name.

Name Nick Attendance Friday Beer Event? Maemo Dinner? More?
Arnim Sauerbier arnims Planned/roadtrip Yes Yes Will bring n900 with fun things
Chris Phillips chrisp7 Possibly, depends on costs/time off If Im going, definitely ditto
David Greaves lbt Planned - talk, man stand, anything really :) Maybe Sure
Gerard Braad gbraad Planned, not confirmed  ? Probably
Jeremiah C. Foster Jeremiah Almost definitely, haven't bought tickets yet. Also going to spend time in the debian room Most likely will show up, won't get drunk though. Let's make this happen. :)
Kasper Souren guaka Definitely. Likely Possibly can host!
Kees Jongenburger keesj YUP, Can help man a stand Perhaps Yes
Lucas Maneos lma Planned, not confirmed Possibly, depending on travel arrangements Probably
Marc Blumenfrucht realitygaps Planned, not confirmed Yes Probably
Michael Hasselmann mikhas Very likely Probably Probably
Randall Arnold Texrat Willing to attend in council/help capacity if needed Yes Yes
Robin Burchell w00t Planned, not confirmed Possibly, depending on travel arrangements Probably
Quim Gil qgil Planned, not confirmed  ?  ?
Valério Valério VDVsx Planned, not confirmed Yes Yes
Dave Neary dneary Probably Probably not

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