Four days of Brussels: eat, sleep and be nerdy. I learned many things at FOSDEM 2019, although not in areas that I expected. Koalas, silicon and testing strategies, yes.
I stayed with friends at a wonderful bed-and-breakfast near the university. A cat was provided for conversational purposes at breakfast — and breakfast was beautiful. A ten minute walk to the venue along a park makes the start of a FOSDEM day a very different experience from, say, a packed and smelly bus 71. Thank you, June, for making our stay a memorable one. Thanks to Rohan and Roman for being good roomies.
The FreeBSD mini-devsummit was a good one. It was kept on-topic by Benedict. Thank you to Deb for organizing in the shadows. It was a particularly valuable meeting for the “desktop stack” part of FreeBSD. We had KDE people there and the X11/mesa stack, and also met GNOME-FreeBSD outside of the devsummit. That means that we got to align everyone on “what needs testing and where should we go from here”. There will be more FreeBSD-desktop activity this year.
We had a constant stream of people stopping by for stickers and information and T-shirts (next time, also bring some baby sizes). The live demo’s are a favorite — also for me, because then I see applications that I don’t usually use.Lots of people were asking about Pine64 hardware, so we referred them to the stand over in building AW. Here’s a picture with everything tidy — it must have been Saturday during set-up, before the crowds arrived. I didn’t have much time with the Pine hardware — the phone, the new laptop, and all the other gadgetry. They are showing off a huge number of little gadgets, all very open and inexpensive to boot.
Unlike previous years, I stayed one night extra to have a relaxed journey home. And now I’ve got a pile of business cards to go through and a long list of technologies to try.