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GNUstep Developer Meeting at Fosdem 2005


The event

A GNUstep developer meeting will be held in Bruxelles (Belgium), during Fosdem 2005 on 26-27 February 2005. Fosdem is the annual Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting, and provides a natural framework for GNUstep developers to meet.

GNUstep and [1] ( will share a booth and a dev room.

Why you want to be there

You want to be there to meet the GNUstep developers in person.

The first GNUstep developer meetings, held during Fosdem 2002, Fosdem 2003, and Fosdem 2004 have been a success. GNUstep developers, programmers, users, fans, and curious had an occasion to meet and talk in a very friendly and informal atmosphere.

We hope to repeat this succesful experience during Fosdem 2005.

The focus of the meeting is more on meeting each other, rather than on formal conferences, but we still plan to organize a small agenda of talks about interesting GNUstep topics, to be held by major developers and contributors. They can be a starting point for further discussions, or simply an occasion to learn more about specific GNUstep topics. Stay tuned on these pages for more info.

We'd also like to invite a wider public to our talks and conferences, but that's not necessarily easy.

Who will attend the meeting

One of the main reasons people attend the meeting is that you can meet, and talk directly to, other developers, whom you would otherwise meet only virtually (on mailing lists, emails, newsgroups, irc etc). We expect many lead developers and contributors to be present, so if you have never met them, you can't miss this occasion!

The following is a list of people of GNUstep fame (in alphabetical order) who have confirmed (or denied) that they will be able to join us at the GNUstep meeting at Fosdem 2005:

Name Presence Special comments
Marcus Müller yes
Helge Hess yes
Bjoern Stierand yes
Quentin Mathé yes I will come to the Saturday dinner
Nicolas Roard yes I will be happy to go to the saturday dinner too :)
Gerold Rupprecht yes I will be happy to sponsor dinner again Saturday evening
Wim Oudshoorn yes
Fabien Vallon yes
Chris Vetter yes I'll be back err there (job permitting)
Lars S.-Helldorf yes looking forward to the dinner

If you plan to join us at the meeting, please let us know here in the wiki. Knowing how many people will attend will help in organizing the event, and will encourage other people to join.


Proposed Talks :

Name Subject Estimated length
Quentin Mathé, Nicolas Roard Étoilé desktop environment ideas and frameworks (BookmarkKit, ExtendedWorkspaceKit, IconKit,etc.) 45 mn
GNUstep contributors GNUstep marketing : better GNUstep installation and development with GNUstep Kits, better look with new GNUstep icons and themes, etc. 45 mn
Wim Oudshoorn & others GNUstep on Windows, presentation and discussion 45 mn
Fabien Vallon GNUstep image application project ,presentation 15 mn
Helge Hess Using Frameworks, presentation 45 mn ?
Marcus Mueller SOPE, presentation 45 mn ?

Here is the proposed timing:


Subject duration starting time who
presentation of GNUstep 30 min 15:00 - 15:30
talk about Étoilé 30 min 15:30 - 16:00 Quentin Mathe and Nicolas Roard
presentation of OpenGroupware 30 min 16:00 - 16:30 Helge Hess
talk about SOPE 30 min 16:30 - 17:00 Marcus Muller


Subject duration starting time who
presentation of Image apps 15 min 14:45 - 15:00 Fabien Vallon
GNUstep installer and deployment on Windows 30 min 15:00 - 15:30 + Oudshoorn
talk about using Frameworks 30 min 15:30 - 16:00 Helge Hess
talk about GNUstep marketing 30 min 16:00 - 16:30

It can be great if all presenations (or at least pre-final versions) are available few days before the event and burnt to a CD with other GNUstep marketing and non-marketing material. -- Stefan


See [Fosdem 2005 Survey].

Marketing CD

See [Marketing CD]

Additional Talks

There will be additional quick public talks (not in the gnustep devroom) the Sunday about GNUstep, and SOPE. See the lightning talks on the fosdem wiki:


Nicola Pero and Nicolas Roard (nicolas at roard dot com), Helge Hess for (hh at opengroupware dot org)