Last weekend I was at FOSDEM (the Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting) in Brussels, Belgium and it was a great experience. The thing that hit me as soon as I got there was the energy. That, and the scent of French fries, better known locally as frites.
The conference was huge, with over 300 talks on the 6th and 7th of February. It was set at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (or ULB for short) and entrance was free.
Wim Leers had a good talk on Episodes in Drupal and the CDN integration module. It's good to see performance work going directly into frameworks where they can have the most impact. The talks on Jingle were also very interesting for voice and video-conferencing applications.
The closing keynote talk by long time Linux kernel hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman was an excellent ending to a great conference. Greg demonstrated in an interactive session how easy it is to get a patch accepted into the Linux kernel — a task that until then seemed very intimidating.
On the whole, this was a great conference. The talks were excellent, the audience knowledgeable and curious, and there was so much bandwidth available that the organisers put up posters asking people to "Please use more bandwidth." If you missed it, some of the videos are already online. Last, but not the least, were the two fast-food vans parked between the two buildings that talks were in, selling kababs and frites.
Until next time, Tot ziens.
doing performance stuff at Yahoo!
Photos by bluesmoon.