What’s coming at FOSDEM 2012
In less than three weeks Brussels gets its annual peak concentration of geeks. On February 4-5 the Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) is bringing together developers and users of free software.
There's not a terrible lot of focus on graphics and multimedia production software, but if you are considering attendance, there's quite a few things you probably want to know.
First of all, there will be two booths you really want to visit: one by Libre Graphics Magazine and one by MuseScore team. MuseScore team has a lot of interesting things happening simultaneously, from unstable 2.0 branch with lots of new features to mobile apps to musescore.com. Do check it out.
OpenICC community that works on standardizing color management on Linux (and other systems) is having a DevRoom on Sunday shared with X.org. See their schedule for the full list of topics. Let's just say you will have a chance to meet some Scribus developers and contributors and hear about color management in SVG2.
FOSDEM 2009, picture courtesy by Giulia Agostinelli
LibreOffice is having a DevRoom all to itself, and you'll have a chance to meet Eilidh McAdam and Fridrich Strba who implemented libvisio to make opening VSD files from Visio in LibreOffice a reality.
Keep in mind that FOSDEM will be just few days before the release of LO 3.5.0, a major new version that is going to have this feature by default.
Finally, there will be a fair share of developers of various apps and Fedora/GNOME designers attending the event, e.g. Jon Nordby (MyPaint, mostly in Open Mobile Linux devroom), Jeremy Rosen (darktable, in ADA devroom and OpenSource Gaming devroom).
Some other darktable developers like Tobias Ellinghaus and Pascal de Bruijn are considering attending the event. Just look for familiar faces/badges or join respective IRC channels to discuss potential meetings.