Here is a little update on all the topics discussed past weekend at FOSDEM:
- Entertainment for the conf
We have invited Awesome Retro to provide us with their amazing vintage
computer game machines, this will no doubt provide a great challenge
to all participants trying to battle each other in Prince of Persia,
Streetfighter, Tetris, Pong and many more great games!
- Some more talks
Radically Open Security will do a talk about their open source business model.
Markus Feilner will do a talk about open source and media relations.
Brenno de Winter (famous Dutch research journalist) has also confirmed
to be present and to do a talk about the necessity of open source
software in a free society.
- Lock picking workshops
Security is obviously a very urgent topic and not only in the digital
realm! At the CCC conf a German minister got her fingerprints copied
from hi-res press images, and we will offer something at least as
Did you know that you only need a picture of a key to "hack" a lock?
Well, come and see!
- Organizations invited
We (Robin and myself) have spoken to GNOME, KDE, Tor, Diaspora, FSFE
and many others to invite them to the conference. We are working with
LibreOffice to get a joint devroom as well.
- Joint openSUSE and Kolab dev room
We all love having our data under our own control and Kolab offers you
just that: email/calendar/file-storage it's got it all! But what would
be even better? Let's try to integrate the Kolab setup with the Yast
mailserver toolchain! Yast already offers quite a lot of useful
features to work with Kolab (LDAP user management, firewalls,
webserver, etc), the next logical step would be to tighten those warm
relations even more and in the meantime improve the Yast mailserver
- Cyrus IMAP server 3 sneak preview and dev room
We have just received preliminary confirmation that Bron Gondwana (one
of the lead developers for the well known Cyrus IMAP server) will also
attend both our conferences (Kolab Summit and openSUSE Conference),
and he'll probably bring friends! So what would be better than sitting
down with them in a dev room to work on Cyrus IMAP servers' openSUSE
offerings and look at the great features in store for Cyrus 3.
- LPI Exams
Have been confirmed to take place again at the oSC. Possibly we will
also be hosting LF exams.
And besides all that goodness, we also had a very nice social at the
Cafe Belga, it was great to see you all.
Some more news, last week I attended another conf (phpBenelux in
Antwerp) and spoken to quite a lot of speakers about our conference as
well. I've got some very interesting talks confirmed:
- Ansible (an alternative to Chef and Puppet)
- Docker Security (by the person who writes rkhunter)
We are still looking for speakers and we really want your help there.
Don't forget to register for the conference at
More to come!
All the best,
Hans de Raad
OpenNovations / DevHdR
Van Sevenbergestraat 49
Tel +31 6 83578847