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[Ghm-discuss] GNU devroom at FOSDEM 2011 - Schedule

From: Jose E. Marchesi
Subject: [Ghm-discuss] GNU devroom at FOSDEM 2011 - Schedule
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:14:12 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.1.91 (gnu/linux)

Please find below the schedule for the GNU devroom at FOSDEM 2011.

                      GNU devroom at FOSDEM 2011

Hacking GNU at FOSDEM.

The Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting
(FOSDEM) is a two-day event organized by volunteers to promote the
widespread use of Free and Open Source software.

This year the GNU Project will be present with a development room.
The goal of the devroom is to promote discussion on the advancement of
the GNU coding standards and maintainers guidelines as well as the
packages implementing them, and strengthen the community of
maintainers and developers.

If you plan to join us at FOSDEM please tell us at address@hidden

Date and Location 

  *Date:* Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February 2011.

  *GNU devroom date:* Saturday 5th February from 13:00 to 19:00 

  *Location:* Brussels (Belgium)

Who's coming 


  - Jose E. Marchesi (GNU PDF, GNU recutils, GNU Ferret).
  - Karsten Gerloff (FSFE).
  - Brian Gough (GNU Scientific Library).
  - Simon Josefsson (SASL, Libidn, GSS, Shishi, GnuTLS).
  - Andy Wingo (Guile).
  - Ralf Wildenhues (GCC, Libtool, Autoconf).
  - Ole Tange (GNU Parallel).
  - Rodrigo Rodrigues da Silva. TBC.
  - Aleksander Morgado (GNU PDF).
  - Bastien Guerry (org-mode).
  - Giuseppe Scrivano (GNU myserver, Gnuzilla, wget).
  - Matthias Kirschner (FSFE).
  - Henrik Sandklef (GNU xnee).
  - Luca Saiou (GNU epsilon).

  TBC = to be confirmed


  This is the schedule for the GNU devroom.  Please see below for more
  information about the talks and the speakers.

      Time   Duration   Speaker              Title                              
     13:00   40 min     Bastien Guerry       Org-mode for Emacs : your life in 
plain text.                     
     14:00   40 min     Andy Wingo           Dynamic hacking with Guile.        
     15:00   30 min     Ole Tange            GNU Parallel - the command line 
power tool.                       
     15:40   30 min     Ralf Wildenhues      GNU Autotools.                     
     16:20   30 min     Simon Josefsson      GNU Network Security Labyrinth.    
     17:00   30 min     Karsten Gerloff      Power, Freedom, Software.          
     17:40   30 min     Matthias Kirschner   Non-free software advertisement -- 
presented by your government.  
     18:20   30 min     Jose E. Marchesi     GNU recutils: your data in plain 

The talks 

Org-mode for Emacs: your life in plain text 

   By Bastien Guerry.

   Org-mode is an Emacs mode for keeping notes, maintaining TODO
   lists, doing project planning and authoring with a fast and
   effective plain-text system.

   In this talk, I'll go through existing core features (the
   organizer, the exporters, the Babel library) and present examples
   of real use.  I will also list possible contributions (exporters,
   libraries to interact with online organizers, bug tracking tools,
   etc.) and mention hard problems to solve, the hardest one being to
   make Org suitable for collaborative project planning.
   Finally, I'll give an overview of Org's history and community, with
   some ideas on how to sustain this great project.

Dynamic hacking with Guile 

   By Andy Wingo.

   I'll start by giving my standard propaganda schtick about guile,
   and how it can make hacking GNU more like hacking lisp
   machines. I'll go on like that for about 15 minutes.
   In the latter 15 minutes I'll do some live hacking. I think what
   I'd like to show would be live-hacking a web application through
   emacs and geiser, in which I show what it's like to hack on a
   running application, what it's like to hack the web in sxml, how to
   make new bindings to C functions without restarting the process,
   things like that.

GNU Parallel - the command line power tool 

   By Ole Tange.

   Demo of what you can do with GNU Parallel - loosely based on

GNU Autotools 

   By Ralf Wildenhues.

   The GNU Autotools provide a source code build system portable to
   various different environments.  This talk reviews some of the
   recent developments and highlights a few tips and tricks for users.

GNU Network Security Labyrinth 

   By Simon Josefsson.

   I will talk about the network application security technologies
   SASL, Kerberos, GSS-API and TLS on a general level.  I'll give an
   overview of the GNU implementations of these protocols.  Focus will
   be on how the protocols and implementations interact with each
   other, and how you as application writer can use them.

Power, Freedom, Software. Why we need to divide and re-conquer our systems 

   By Karsten Gerloff.

   The GNU project to create a Free Software operating system has been
   a resounding success, giving millions of people around the world
   the freedom to use, study, share and improve the programs on their
   computers. "Cloud computing" and software as a service present new
   challenges for the Free Software movement. As more people every day
   use computers controlled by someone else, how do we win back our
   freedom? How do we translate the ideals behind the GNU project into
   this changing world?
   Instead of giving all the answers, the goal of this talk is to get
   you asking the right questions.

Non-free software advertisement -- presented by your government 
   By Matthias Kirschner.

   What would you think about a sign on the highway saying “You need a
   Volkswagen to drive on this road. Contact your Volkswagen dealer
   for a gratis test drive – Your Government”? When it comes to
   software that opens PDF files, many public sector organisations do
   this every day.
   With the campaign FSFE has turned the spotlight on
   government organisations who behave in this way, exposing how
   frequent such advertisements for non-free software are. With the
   help of activists across Europe, FSFE contacted these organisations
   and explained them how to improve their websites so that they
   respect our freedom.
   Why did FSFE choose this topic? How was the campaign organised?
   What has the Belgium's Prime Minister or the German Federal
   Criminal Police Office replied to our letters? How successful was
   the campaign?

GNU recutils: your data in plain text 

   By Jose E. Marchesi.

   GNU Recutils is a set of tools and libraries to access
   human-editable, text-based databases called recfiles.  The data is
   stored as a sequence of records, each record containing an
   arbitrary number of named fields.

   The talk will introduce the rec format and how can it be used to
   store medium sized databases with data integrity.  A little demo
   will follow showing the recutils in action.

The speakers 

Bastien Guerry 

   I'm the employee of the french Wikimedia chapter[1].  I've been
   involved in the free software movement for the last ten years, and
   I co-founded OLPC France[2] back in 2008.  My background education
   is in philosophy and cognitive sciences.
   After a few years of contribution to Org-mode, Carsten Dominik
   invited me to take over maintainance.

   [1] []
   [2] []

Karsten Gerloff 

   Karsten Gerloff is a Free Software activist and analyst.  As FSFE's
   President since June 2009, he leads FSFE's strategy development and
   execution, as well as the organisation's policy work at the
   European institutions and the United Nations. He focuses on topics
   such as Free Software, Open Standards, copyright, patents and
   competition policy. His central interest is in all aspects of the
   question of how we as a society manage our knowledge and

Jose E. Marchesi 

   Jose E. Marchesi is a long-term GNU activist. In 1999, he founded
   GNU Spain, and he later assisted in the creation of GNU Italy and
   GNU Mexico. His experience in GNU software maintainership cover GNU
   gv (up to 2007), GNU Ghostscript (up to 2006), GNU Ferret, GNU PDF
   and GNU recutils. He also performs what he calls "random works" in
   the GNU Project, such as writing internal code and editing Web
   pages as needed. He develop his professional work in the Space
   sector, writing software for the European Space Agency.

Simon Josefsson 

   Simon Josefsson is the GNU maintainer of SASL, Libidn, GSS, Shishi
   and GnuTLS.

Andy Wingo 

   Andy Wingo is the co-maintainer of GNU Guile, the Scheme

Ralf Wildenhues 

   Ralf Wildenhues is a scientific computing math PhD student who got
   fed up writing dependency tracking rules in makefiles portable to
   several systems and compilers, and ended up co-maintaining
   Automake, Libtool, and the GCC build system.

Ole Tange 

   Ole Tange has worked as Hostmaster for .dk, as a security
   consultant, as network admin, as site reliablility engineer, as
   developer and is now working as a bioinformatician. He has worked
   with UNIX since 1991, GNU/Linux since 1992, and in 1996 he deleted
   his Microsoft Windows partition. His phone has been running free
   software since 2008. He has done lots of presentations on security,
   Free Software, and IT political issues (such as software patents) –
   both for the general public and to polticians. He is best know as
   the person behind the original "The Patented Webshop"
   ([]) illustrating software patents in a
   typical webshop.

Matthias Kirschner 

   Matthias is FSFE's Fellowship Coordinator and the Coordinator of
   the German team. After being FSFE's first intern in 2004, he
   continued to work for FSFE as a volunteer. In 2009 he finished his
   diploma thesis on "IT coordination in the Superior Federal
   Administration", and started working full time for FSFE. Amoungst
   other policy work, Matthias is or was in charge the "I love Free
   campaign, the "Ask your candidates" campaign
   [] for the German
   Federal Election in 2009, and the Free Software PDF Readers

Accomodation for GNU Hackers 

  Many of the attending hackers will be stopping at the Astrid Hotel,
  located in Zaterdagplein 11, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

Further information 

  General travel and accomodation information are on the FOSDEM
  webpage at []

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