[Ambassadors] Some words about FOSDEM (was: fosdem 2012)

Bert Desmet bert at devnox.be
Wed Dec 28 19:11:40 UTC 2011

Hi max and others,

it's a pity that you won't be there. we will all miss you!

Anyway, in a big month probably the biggest open source event in Europe
will start again!

And as always, Fedora people will visit fosdem with great quantities. So
I’m putting a lot of effort in making this the best Fosdem for Fedora
people ever. I hear you thinking, how can this event become even better?
Well, I try to provide activities for Fedora people every evening.

An overview:

   - friday: Fad, dinner, beer event
   - Saturday evening: Tour through Brussels
   - Sunday evening: Super Bowl game @ fatboys (sadly, only 10 people can

If you are planning to come, be sure to check the Fedora wiki:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fosdem_2012 , and the Fosdem website:



On Sun, Nov 20, 2011 at 5:39 AM, Max Spevack <mspevack at fedoraproject.org>wrote:

> For whatever it's worth, I'd like to support what Christoph said.
> FOSDEM is always the best event of the year -- and of the 4 Fedora
> foundations, it is always the one that makes me think of Friends and
> Features, because it's a great time for many of the contributors to
> spend together, and it always has an excellent technical focus.
> Some of the Fedora traditions worth remembering:
> * Eating at the Drug Opera (http://www.drugopera.be/index.php?lang=en)
> * Watching the Super Bowl at Fat Boys (http://www.fatboys-be.com/).  I
> know this was something I organized the last few years, but someone else
> could easily do it.  Just remember to make the reservation in advance,
> and to get enough seats!  They get angry if you bring more people than
> your reservation.
> I won't be able to attend FOSDEM in 2012, but I will be thinking about
> all my Fedora friends in EMEA.
> --Max
> On Sat, 19 Nov 2011, Christoph Wickert wrote:
> > Hi there,
> >
> > some words about FOSDEM for those of you planning to go to Brussels,
> > from somebody, who has been attending the event several times:
> >
> >      * FOSDEM stands for "Free and Open Source Software Developers'
> >        European Meeting" and it's really a developer's meeting. It's
> >        the most geekish event I know and the talks target a very
> >        advanced audience.
> >      * Nobody comes for FOSDEM for the exhibition but just for the
> >        talks. The stands are located on a narrow hallway. It is
> >        overcrowded and the air is really bad.
> >      * Given that it's a developer meeting and nobody really cares
> >        about the exhibition anyway, I'm not sure if it makes sense to
> >        have a booth. I doubt we will be able to recruit new
> >        contributors because whoever is there already uses Linux for a
> >        while and most have settled with their favorite distribution
> >        ages ago.
> >        Nevertheless I think Fedora should be there and have a booth,
> >        just because other projects like Debian and OpenSUSE have one,
> >        too. But I suggest to not put too much effort into it for the
> >        reasons I just outlined.
> >      * The food at FOSDEM is awful but it helps to survive.
> >
> > So much for the negative side. On the positive side we have:
> >
> >      * FOSDEM is a place to meet other developers. All the rockstars of
> >        FOSS are there.
> >      * The social event is called "Beer event" and it takes place at a
> >        pub called "Delirium". These names say it all.
> >      * FOSDEM is the only event I know where people drink beer during
> >        lectures.
> >      * FOSDEM is fun. It is badly organized, loud, overcrowded and you
> >        have a hangover. Yet though - or for this very reasons - it's
> >        quite a lot of fun!
> >
> > Last but not least: There was an unwritten rule, at least for the EMEA
> > or European ambassadors: If you go to FOSDEM, it's your own decision but
> > not an official Fedora event. You will have to pay for yourself and not
> > receive funding.
> > This rule has changed recently, I know we sponsored some people and IIRC
> > I have been sponsored my hotel room once (in four years, everything else
> > was paid from my own pocket).
> >
> > If we are to sponsor contributors, I'd prefer people with a strong
> > technical background. This doesn't mean we'll not sponsor any
> > ambassadors, but IHMO it should be ambassadors who are involved in other
> > groups of Fedora, too and/or have clear agenda of things they want to do
> > or achieve at FOSDEM.
> >
> > If you think you meet these criteria and you should be at FOSDEM, please
> > follow the usual process for funding. For details refer to
> > http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Sponsoring_event_attendees
> >
> > Regards,
> > Christoph
> >
> >
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Bert Desmet
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