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Free and Open Source Software Developers, European Meeting
GenreFree and open-source software development conference
Location(s)Brussels
CountryBelgium
Inaugurated2000 (2000) (as OSDEM), 2001 (2001) (as FOSDEM)[1]
Websitefosdem.org Edit this at Wikidata
FOSDEM is well attended, nobody is allowed in once a talk is full
FOSDEM is well attended, nobody is allowed in once a talk is full

Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) is a non-commercial, volunteer-organized European event centered on free and open-source software development. It is aimed at developers and anyone interested in the free and open-source software movement. It aims to enable developers to meet and to promote the awareness and use of free and open-source software.

FOSDEM is held annually, usually during the first weekend of February, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles Solbosch campus in the southeast of Brussels, Belgium.

History

FOSDEM was started in 2000[2] under the name Open Source Developers of Europe Meeting (OSDEM) by Raphael Bauduin. Bauduin said that since he felt he lacked the brains to properly contribute to the open-source community, he wanted to contribute by launching a European event in Brussels. Bauduin teamed up with Damien Sandras.[3] The team repeated the event. The F (of FOSDEM) was added at the request of Richard Stallman.[4]

The event has been annually in February since then, with growing numbers of visitors, talks and tracks. It is organized thanks to the help of many volunteers.

The meeting hosted about 4,000 visitors every year by 2011.[5]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FOSDEM 2021 will be held entirely online.[6]

Conference history

Jimmy Wales at FOSDEM, 2005
Jimmy Wales at FOSDEM, 2005
FOSDEM 2010
FOSDEM 2010
FOSDEM 2015
FOSDEM 2015
FOSDEM 2017
FOSDEM 2017

Financing

Entrance and participation in the event is entirely free. It is financed by sponsors who accept the non-commercial nature of the event, and by donors amongst the visitors. Donors receive an incentive in form of a token present and everything is organized and set up by volunteers.

FSF Award

The Free Software Foundation's ceremony for the Award for the Advancement of Free Software was held at FOSDEM from 2002 to 2006 (for the awards for 2001 to 2005).[35][36]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "FOSDEM 2018 – About FOSDEM". fosdem.org. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  3. ^ "FOSDEM 2007 over".
  4. ^ "Fosdem 2002: Fosdem organiser interview". Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  5. ^ "About FOSDEM". FOSDEM. 2011. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  6. ^ "FOSDEM 2021 Online". fosdem.org. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  7. ^ "Keynotes". Archived from the original on 10 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Tracks". Archived from the original on 5 April 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Lightning talks". Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Certification Exams". Archived from the original on 3 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Beer Event". Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
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  13. ^ "Devrooms 2012". Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Lightning Talks 2012". Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  15. ^ FOSDEM 2013 – Keynotes. Archive.fosdem.org (2013-02-03). Retrieved on 2013-09-19.
  16. ^ "FOSDEM 2013 – Tracks". Archive.fosdem.org. 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  17. ^ "FOSDEM 2014 – Home". Fosdem.org. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  18. ^ "FOSDEM 2014 accepted developer rooms". Fosdem.org. Retrieved 2014-01-27.
  19. ^ "FOSDEM 2015 – Home". Fosdem.org.
  20. ^ "FOSDEM 2015 Keynote speakers". Fosdem.org.
  21. ^ "FOSDEM 2016". FOSDEM.org.
  22. ^ "FOSDEM 2016 Keynote speakers". FOSDEM.org.
  23. ^ "FOSDEM 2016 developer rooms". FOSDEM.org.
  24. ^ "FOSDEM 2017". FOSDEM.org.
  25. ^ "FOSDEM 2017 Keynote speakers". FOSDEM.org.
  26. ^ "FOSDEM 2017 developer rooms". FOSDEM.org.
  27. ^ "FOSDEM 2018". FOSDEM.org.
  28. ^ "FOSDEM 2018 Keynote speakers". FOSDEM.org.
  29. ^ "FOSDEM 2018 developer rooms". FOSDEM.org.
  30. ^ "FOSDEM 2019". FOSDEM.org.
  31. ^ "FOSDEM 2019 Keynote speakers". FOSDEM.org.
  32. ^ "FOSDEM 2019 developer rooms". FOSDEM.org.
  33. ^ "FOSDEM 2020". FOSDEM.org.
  34. ^ "FOSDEM 2020 developer rooms". FOSDEM.org.
  35. ^ GNU Project (26 September 2008). "Prior Years' Free Software Award". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  36. ^ Sullivan, John. "Award for the Advancement of Free Software". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 16 March 2011.

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