A group of KDE hackers went to the FOSDEM event to represent KDE. FOSDEM is a two-day summit were leading developers in the Free Software community come together. It is an event held by developers, for developers where you can attend many interesting presentations, mingle and hold discussions with other projects.
Some (KDE) people already arrived on Friday night and got together
in downtown Brussels. We had a nice time drinking beers like Maredsous and Duvel
in a pub called Manneken Pis, close to Grand Place and across from the
Saturday 10:30, FOSDEM 2004 kicked of with a talk from Tim O'Reilly. Not completely back in the land of the living you can
find those KDE hackers
(left to right: Cies Breijs, Simon Edwards, Adriaan de Groot, Otto Brugman) attending that talk. After the O'Reilly talk,
Richard Stallman held a talk about the Free Software Foundation.
Every year the event follows some kind of theme and this year it is accessibility which been chosen as a main
theme and so some of the tracks were dedicated to accessibility software. FOSDEM 2004 had a friendly and inspiring atmosphere,
where hackers moved from one room to another to attend the talks.
You could find all kind of developers staffing their booth and telling you about their project.
KDE's main speaker, Gunnar Schmi Dt from the KDE Accessibility Project,
told about the progress accessibility is making in KDE, the new accessibility features in KDE 3.2 and the upcoming
bridge between Qt and AT-SPI. Very good contact
was made with the GNOME Accessibility Project and
other accessibility authors and will very likely lead to better inter-operatibility in the future.
Furthermore we noticed a great interest in "Linux on the Desktop".
Robert Love's "Kernel and the Desktop" talk was very well attended, while Keith Packard's "XFree86" talk
was standing room only!
Speaking of talks, some KDE hackers also gave talks
in our Developers' Room about the following topics:
- Basic KDE technology by Adriaan de Groot
- C++ Pitfalls by Scott Wheeler
- KConfigXT by Adriaan de Groot
- KTurtle by Cies Breijs
KDE hackers invited Daniel Veillard to do a talk on libxslt in the
KDE Developers' Room. The network connectivity in the KDE Developers' Room was well enjoyed by several Gnomies
who sneaked in. :-)
Thanks to Simon Edwards, Olaf Jan Schmidt and Phillipe Schroll for their contributions to this small write-up.