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FOSDEM 2012 Announcement

FOSDEM 2012 will take place at at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Brussels on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2012.

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)
  • is somebody else interested in lending me a hand?

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 2012:

Name Friday

3. Feb


4. Feb


5. Feb


6. Feb

Special comments / topics Hotel
Lars S.-Helldorf Yes Yes Yes No event organizer Argus
Nikolaus Schaller No Yes Yes No QuantumSTEP + Openmoko / Argus
Quentin Mathé Étoilé
Niels Grewe Étoilé
David Chisnall Étoilé
Sebastian Reitenbach Yes Yes Yes No OpenBSD packages Hotel The Moon
Nicolas Roard  ? Étoilé
Nicola Pero  ? GNUstep
Fred Kiefer  ? GNUstep (GUI, Cairo)
Riccardo Mottola  ? GNUstep, GAP
Gerold Rupprecht  ? GNUstep
Richard Frith-Macdonald  ? GNUstep
N.N. t.b.d. t.b.d. t.b.d. t.b.d. t.b.d.

Dev-Room Presentations and Events

The room at out disposal will be AW1.126 (capacity is 72 seats (this is more than twice of what we had the years ago); in the building "AW"), -- on Saturday 2011-02-04 from (to be confirmed) 11:00 to 19:00

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 t.b.d., deadline for the papers is t.b.d.

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

Please submit through *GNUstep discussion list* until *2011-12-31*

Wishlist for talks/discussions/sessions

Enter talks/discussions/sessions here you would be interested in.

  • GNUstep Progresses and Roadmap
  • CoreBase and CoreGraphics/Opal in GNUstep


Time Slot Author Title / Abstract Kind Slides
Saturday, Feb 04, 2011
11:00 - 11:30 GNUstep Developers GNUstep Developer's Meeting

Meet the GNUstep developers face to face, discuss current afairs of GNUstep, share news about the latest development and plans on GNUstep, improve collaboration between the several GNUstep related projects

meeting, discussion -
xx:xx - xx:xx t.b.d. who is holding the event t.b.d. The Title of the Event

t.b.d. some longer description here

t.b.d. what is it (talk, discussion, lecture, demo ...) t.b.d. link to slides
contingency plan GNUstep Developers Frameworks lightning talks

talk t.b.d.

Suggested Hotels

last year Sebastian Reitenbach and Nikolaus Schaller have booked here. Ask them on the mailing list on their Experience:

Louise Hotel

  • 40, rue Veydt
  • 1050 Bruxelles
  • Sebastian Reitenbach says:
    • book via: , which is cheaper than the offer on the hotel site. The reservation includes breakfast.
    • free WiFi is available
    • it costs only about half the price of the Argus hotel from last year.
    • Its near avenue louise, only a foot walk away from the university campus.

NOTE Dec 2011: appears to have changed owner and is no longer listed in online booking portals

Argus Hotel Brussels (Belguim) (good experiences from past years)

  • 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 in the last years: 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:

If you want to participate, you need to create an account and send a mail with your user name to webmasters [AT] to request write-access. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this procedure has become necessary to prevent SPAM'ing of this site.