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FOSDEM 2010 Announcement

FOSDEM 2010 will take place at at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Brussels on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February 2010.

This page is for organizing GNUstep's participation in the event. This includes the organization of a developer meeting the Friday before FOSDEM.


  • Lars Sonchocky-Helldorf (lars dot sonchocky dash helldorf at hamburg dot de)
  • Richard Frith-Macdonald (richard at tiptree dot demon dot co dot uk)

Who will attend FOSDEM

One of the main reasons people attend the event 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 shouldn't miss this occasion!

The following is a list of people of GNUstep fame who have confirmed (or denied) that they will be able to join us at the GNUstep meeting at FOSDEM 2010:

Name Presence Friday

5. Feb


6. Feb


7. Feb

Special comments / topics
Lars S.-Helldorf Yes likely Yes Yes
Nicola Pero Yes No Yes Yes
Nicolas Roard likely likely likely likely
Gerold Rupprecht likely likely likely likely
Nikolaus Schaller Yes Yes Yes Yes mySTEP (embedded), Simple Web Kit
Fred Kiefer likely likely likely likely
Richard Frith-Macdonald Yes maybe Yes Yes GNUstep-base, server software
Riccardo Mottola likely maybe likely likely
David Chisnall likely maybe likely likely Etoile,libobjc,base
Quentin Mathé likely likely likely likely Étoilé
Gürkan Sengün No No No No

Dev-Room Presentations and Events

The room at out disposal will be AW1.117 (capacity is 31 seats; in the building "AW"), -- on Sunday 2010-02-07 from 09:00 to 17:00

Call for participation

We are looking for people who want to give a talk, moderate a discussion, hold a hand ons (practice) / hacking session or organize a code sprint. Please send your proposals to GNUstep discussion list, the organizers mentioned above or - if you've got a wiki account - enter them right here. At first a title, a short summary, proposed duration and a preffered time slot would do, so we can start scheduling as soon as possible.

deadline for filing is Sunday 2010-01-03, deadline for the papers is Sunday 2010-01-10

Note: The FOSDEM organizers strongly recommend a granularity of 15 minute blocks. So if a talk is just 15 (lightning talk), 30 or 45 minutes long - fine! But we should have 15 minutes breaks between the talks so that the visitors have enough time to find a seat and the presenters have enough time to get ready.

List of submitted talk/discussion/session proposals

  • David Chisnall:
    • "Objective-C 2: libobjc2 and Clang, current status, plans for the future." Afternoon
    • "Étoilé: Where it is, where it's going, why it isn't there yet." Afternoon
    • "LanguageKit: Supporting other dynamic languages on the ObjC runtime." Afternoon
    • "Porting Cocoa apps to other platforms: what works, what doesn't, what to do to make porting easier." Afternoon
  • Fred Kiefer will moderate a discussion titled:
    • "Towards GNUsep GUI 1.0: what we need to get there and how to achieve this within the next year."


Day Time Slot Author Title Slides
Sun. Feb 07, 2009 09:00 - ??:?? t.b.d. t.b.d t.b.d.
Sun. Feb 07, 2009 11:00 - 11:45 Richard Frith-Macdonald Developing 24x7 enterprise server applications in Objective-C t.b.d.
Sun. Feb 07, 2009  ??:?? - ??:?? t.b.d. t.b.d t.b.d.
Sun. Feb 07, 2009  ??:?? - 17:00 t.b.d. t.b.d t.b.d.

Suggested Hotels

Thanks to Nikolaus Schaller who has done some initial research as follows:

Argus Hotel Brussels (Belguim) (good experiences from last year)

  • 6, Rue Capitaine Crespel
  • B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgique
  • Tel +32 2 514 07 70
  • Fax +32 2 514 12 22
  • Rate: 65/night - but you have to ask for the 'GNUstep/FOSDEM' discount
  • has free Internet ;-)

Normal prices are here:

but there are discounts available:

and we'll ask for even better discounts for a group booking (we need to know who's will be there for that!)

Some people booked that hotel: Nicolas, Marcus, Helge ,Lars.

Sun Hotel in Brussels (Belguim) (not recommended)

  • Rue du Berger, 38
  • 1050 Brussels (near Porte de Namur)
  • Tel : +32(0)2 511 21 19
  • Fax : +32(0)2 512 32 71
  • 50 EUR/Single room with breakfast
  • 22 rooms total
  • 3km distance to University

has internet access, will make breakfast room available for developers after 11:00 am. Two electrical plugs for breakfast room, so need extension cord with additional plugs. Ask for first or second floor rooms close to reception for good wifi connections.

Hotel Sabina in Brussels (Belgium)

  • Rue du Nord 78
  • B-1000 Brussels
  • Tel: (32)2 218 26 37
  • Fax: (32)2 219 32 39

(very good rating by visitors) 63 EUR/Single with breakfast 8 single only + 16 double rooms 4,2km distance

Hotel Mozart in Bruxelles (Belgium)

  • Rue Marché aux Fromages 23
  • B-1000 Brussels
  • Tel +32 2 502 66 61
  • Fax +32 2 502 77 58
  • Email

70 EUR/Single room NO breakfast WLAN

51 rooms total 4,2km distance

We are open to other suggestions. Please take into account distance to the University and access to public transportation.

A quick introduction to Brussels:

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