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[opensuse-marketing] openSUSE @ FOSDEM 2009
  • From: Pascal Bleser <pascal.bleser@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2008 23:46:39 +0100
  • Message-id: <4912224F.5020300@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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I just announced the dates + call for devrooms/stands for FOSDEM 2009:
http://fosdem.org/2009/node/153

(don't be too confused, I'm one of the organizers of the event, so I'm
constantly switching hats here ;))

FYI: FOSDEM takes place 7+8 February 2009 in Brussels (Belgium) and is
the largest FOSS developer conference in Europe, with around 6000
visitors (almost all of them developers/contributors) and over 240
talks, presentations, sessions held during that weekend.
Entrance is free to everyone. And it's only for FOSS projects.


Previous years we had a so-called "developer room" as well as a stand at
FOSDEM, in order to present current developments to our own community as
well as to active contributors of other projects.
There are 15 devrooms in total, and last year we had openSUSE, Fedora,
CentOS, Debian, Mozilla, KDE, GNOME, and many, many others.
A "developer room" is just that: a room (capacity ranging from 50 to 200
seats), a video projector, wifi internet connection, and we define our
own schedule of talks/sessions/whatever (no binge drinking, that's
already covered by the FOSDEM beer event on Friday evening ;)), for free.

I suppose Martin and/or Zonker will take care of sending a devroom
request (see URL above) before the deadline to.. err.. me ;) (switching
hats again).

We should really start organizing it now:
- - manning the openSUSE stand during the weekend (as said, huge crowd
there, mostly very technical)
- - maybe organize (wiki page?) who (from our community) will go there,
possibly coordinate a bit for hotel/travel/...,
- - think of topics that might be of interest, although I'm sure we'll
also be able to collect lots of proposals from Novell employees
- - try to get more non-Novell community contributors to make
presentations there
- - spread the word to our community, a *lot* ! (= tell them that we'll
have a devroom at FOSDEM 2009, great place and unique occasion to meet,
etc...)
- - maybe organize a session or two with people from other
distros/projects ?

Note that first, a devroom+stand request has to be sent (Martin/Zonker?).
We (FOSDEM) will collect them until 2008-11-22. Then we (FOSDEM) will
pick which projects get a devroom and confirm before 2008-11-30.
It only makes sense to start spreading the word once we (openSUSE)
receive the confirmation. But we should already prepare, because there
won't be much time after that.

NB: note that I don't send this to make noise about FOSDEM itself, we
don't really need it, it will be packed anyway. It's really about
openSUSE at FOSDEM ;)

cheers
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-o) Pascal Bleser <pascal.bleser@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
/\\ http://opensuse.org -- I took the green pill
_\_v FOSDEM::7+8 Feb 2009, Brussels, http://fosdem.org
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