FOSDEM 2008 Wrapup

I had a great time at FOSDEM. Simply an amazing gathering of people who love working on Open Source projects. I could not believe the energy these people have. I, on the other hand, am exhausted! It seems like a blur, but here are some of the bits I remember:

  • The Mozilla devroom was packed with people and extremely hot. Dubbed “”, we were lucky to get a bigger room on Day 2 (sorry OpenSUSE).
  • Steve Lau of Songbird gave a great demo! Web site integration was very cool.
  • The phenomenal turnout from the Mozilla localizers. I had not yet seen, with my eyes, such a display of Mozilla “Community” until FOSDEM.
  • Getting to meet contributors that I got to “know” on IRC: bkinger, jwatt, gandalf, laurentj and alex fritze to name a few.
  • Dan Mills’ devroom talk on Mozilla Weave generated a lot of discussion. Dan got people thinking of ways to build on Weave.
  • Even with technical computer/projector difficulties, Holmes Wilson’s devroom talk on Miro also generated good discussion.
  • Taverne du Passage – this restaruant was so good, I ate there twice.
  • The Grand’Place (Grote Markt) in Brussels is a beautiful area. I was amazed by the buildings.


Unfortunately, due to heat, eating and meetings, I missed some other devroom talks that I wanted to hear. The Mozilla devroom talks were darn good. Thanks to Brian King and Anne-Julie Ligneau for getting the devroom talks scheduled.

My Prism talk went pretty well. There was some good questions and discussion afterwards. The presentation is here if you’re interested. Here are some FOSDEM/Brussels pictures too.


  1. Ludovic said,

    February 24, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

    More picturs are available @

  2. Brian King said,

    February 25, 2008 @ 11:55 am

    Mark, you better get some sleep to get your energy back for the final Firefox 3 push! Great to meet you. BTW, I’ve started a page for people to post about what happened:

  3. David Tenser said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

    It was really great to meet you. I had such a laugh during our Sunday dinner. :)

  4. that’s whacked said,

    February 27, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

    […] it was great to meet and hang out with a bunch of the Mozilla crew. As always, it was great to see mfinkle and sethb who were about the only Mozilla folks I knew prior to FOSDEM. It was fantastic to meet […]

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