This’ll be my first FOSDEM. Let me know if you want a sr.ht or sway sticker :)
I’d love to have a sway sticker, I’ve been using it for… a few years now (which is longer than I thought).
Certainly! I’ll be announcing my whereabouts on Mastodon throughout FOSDEM, feel free to come say hello.
I’m not really a Mastodon person, but I’m constantly lurking on IRC, so I’ll be able to catch you there.
I monitor my email all day and Lobsters sends me one when I get a reply :)
I will also be active on IRC during FOSDEM!
Yes! I’ll be attending on Saturday together with @eloy. Also interested in both the RISC-V and especially the Rust talks. Haven’t really looked at the schedule in detail yet, but I will probably be in the Rust room most of the time.
Edit: too bad, it seems that the Rust talks are on Sunday.
I strongly recommend planning beforehand. It’s a busy event, and it can take pretty long to walk from one devroom to another (allow 5-10 minutes). They offer a nice calendar for both days: Saturday Sunday
I’m very curious about RISC-V track and want to go the Rust, Security, Infra Management and Container talks.
Does anyone recommend a talk/speaker? I heard that some rooms are small and you need to arrive early if the room is full you can’t sit on the floor because of security stuff so basically you will lose the talk.
True, I remember from my 2017 visit that it can get very busy, depending on how interesting the talk description is. Most rooms follow the “nobody sits on the floor” rule, but I also attended an introduction to open-source FPGA programming where literally every square meter of the floor was filled with people.
But yeah, show up early to be safe.
(I can’t help you with the speakers though)
Yes, FOSDEM is notoriously bad at predicting turnout for smaller rooms. They don’t seem to base room allocations on current demand or “hotness” of a topic, but base it on historical attendance, meaning newer or newly popular topics get a small room and are often at capacity all the time, with queues building up in the hallway.
Not trying to disrespect the organizers - I’ve attended FOSDEM since 2004, and I love it. Organizing an event like this is hard and they only have unpaid volunteers to organize.
Some rooms are extremely crowded and some are not. If you can’t find a spot there’s live streams that you can watch. Instead of doing that though, I prefer to just find something else that sounds interesting. The streams are online shortly after FOSDEM ends, and I prefer seeing talks live while I’m there.
The FOSDEM Companion app is nice for finding talks on a whim, and it has links to streams and a map of the site. Find it at https://f-droid.org/en/packages/be.digitalia.fosdem/
I’ll be there too this year, on both days, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be all over the place on Saturday, while on Sunday I’ll spend some time in the LLVM and DNS devrooms. I’m also especially hyped to learn about quantum computing, eBPF, the RISC-V SBI, and full-text-search.
I shall be attending again for the 9th year in a row :-)
The popular talks or tracks are often difficult to get in to, but I go for the social aspect and hearing about what interesting things other people are up to, as much as for the talks.
Ninth year in a row for me as well.
Not an organizer this year, expecting to enjoy talks in various rooms, meet lots of great people and drink a few beers.
Keep an eye on the lightning talks and the BOF events! I’ll be there with friends and I’m very happy about the new devrooms this year!
I’ll be in the CAD and Open Hardware devroom Sunday morning and then speaking and listening in Free Software Radio room all afternoon.
It can definitely get very busy and its important to remember that all talks are recorded. I’ve found it’s much more interesting to arrange meetups around the talks.
If anyone attending is interested in radio and will be in Brussels Thursday or Friday before FOSDEM, here’s an event to check out.
I will arrive on Friday, but I will try to change for Thursday just because of this event
Do not miss ByteNight, the party in the Brussels Hackerspace on Saturday: https://hsbxl.be/events/byteweek/2019/bytenight/
I will be there if anyone wants to hang out :)
@lorn this post is tagged with “osdev”, although that tag is about OS development instead of the OS in FOSDEM which is “open source”. You’re not entirely wrong as there are talks about OS development, but it’s not a main part of the event ;)
I suggested too. Fixed!
This is my first FOSDEM, so I don’t really know what I’m in for. Planning on hanging out in the go and rust rooms.
Have a backup plan, those rooms will be super full all the time.
It will be my first too
You will find me mostly at python room and stand.
I’ll be there as well, on both days. (My 3rd time.)
Also, everyone should join #fosdem on freenode as well. :P
EDIT: I’m also “organizing” a meetup of Lojbanists there (without a fixed time/place, though), so if you’re interested and want to learn more about it, come talk to me.
It will be my second FOSDEM and I’m anticipating the Go and Rust tracks with a lot of interesting talks, luckily they’re held separately on the first on second day.
I’ll be there on Saturday. If you want to hang out or want a Go Belgium sticker, D&D sticker or a NixOS sticker, just send me a message here or on twitter.
I will also be at dotGo.