GNUstep Developer Meeting at Fosdem 2004

The event

A GNUstep developer meeting will be held in Bruxelles (Belgium), during httpFosdem 2004 on 21-22 February 2004. Fosdem is the annual Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting, and provides a natural framework for GNUstep developers to meet.

GNUstep and (http will share a booth, and the Janson room could be used Sunday Morning for talks. As the period is quite short (10 am to 12 or 13pm) talks should be quite short too -- 15 or 20 minutes for example ?

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 and httpFosdem 2003, have been a httpsuccess. 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 2004.

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.


Here is a T-Shirt made on cafeshop : http for thoses of you interested

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 2004:

Name Presence

Special comments

Martin Brecher


Helge Hess Yes

Dinner? Yes! I would suggest the Salvarino Italian restaurant, very good Pizza ;-)

Quentin Mathé


Marcus Mueller


Nicola Pero


MJ Ray Yes

Arriving mid-Sat (bah work+travel). Might visit freedem a lot. Sat dinner sounds good.

Nicolas Roard


Gerold Rupprecht Yes

How about dinner again Saturday evening ?

Fabien Vallon


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.

What will happen at the meeting

Proposed Talks :

Name Subject

Estimated length

Nicolas Roard Help System

15 min

Helge Hess Developer Overview on OGo

15 min

MJ Ray Marketing GNUstep

15 min inc Q&A, can be dropped

note : theses aren't yet the definitive talks, just proposed. It would be good to see some talks about too !


nicola pero and nicolas roard (nicolas at roard dot com)

Helge suggested to make a joint effort for and GNUstep given that both projects have a lot to share.not much above that price including single supplement

What occurred

There were many people in fosdem this year. Having a booth was in fact a very positive thing, as we were able to distribute gnustep presentations brochures (a few hundred, I don't know the exact number), explain things about gnustep (many people seems to think that gnustep is a fork of windowmaker... *sigh*), do some demonstrations... All in all we got good feedbacks, and it sure was more effective for showing a bit gnustep than having our dev room, where not much curious would have come ... We also had Janson's room for two hours sunday morning, so we did a quick gorm demo, and a quick tour of OpenGroupware, but sadly, not many people were here others than gnustep/skyrix guys...

Anyway, it was interesting; but for next year, we definitely want to organize a better GNUstep presence ! (at least, get us a booth plus a dev room, better organize the booth (posters...), and hopefully set one (or more:) official talk)


Here is some photos of the event. If you have others, please add them !

I tried to put names below the pictures (from left to right) :

Fabien Vallon, Wim Oudshoorn, Nicola Pero, MJ Ray

Nicola Pero, Wim Oudshoorn

Nicola Pero, Wim Oudshoorn

Damien Pollet

Lars Sonchocky-Helldorf

jut in front of the opengroupware logo: Nicolas Roard (in white), Fabien Vallon

in front of the column, Quentin Mathe (brown coat), Nicolas Roard.

Last edited on March 10, 2004 3:05 am.

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