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Fosdem 2005 reminder (Feb 25/26)

From: Mark Wielaard
Subject: Fosdem 2005 reminder (Feb 25/26)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 11:45:20 +0100

Hi all,

Please do tell us if you are planning to come to the GNU Classpath
hacker room in Brussels, Belgium Februari 25 and 26, 2006

Yes, you will be allowed in even if you didn't tell us in advance :)
We just want to see how many people are interested so we can better plan
the talks, demos, discussions, etc.

If you want to give a demo, presentation or have a discussion topic
please also send an email to address@hidden so we can
create a great schedule for the event. See for suggestions the original
announcement (attached).


--- Begin Message --- Subject: GNU Classpath hacker room at FOSDEM 2006 Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 17:33:44 +0100
Hi all,

Like the last couple of years we want to come together with all the
projects around GNU Classpath and the various free runtimes, compiler
and tool projects to discuss what has happened in the last year in the
Free Software community and what the next year will bring us during

The 6th edition of FOSDEM (Free and Opensource Software Developers'
European Meeting) will take place on February 25+26 2006 in Brussels
(Belgium), at the Solbosch Campus of the ULB (Free University of
Brussels). FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event for the community
and organized by the community. See

We were thinking of the following setup:

- Saturday from 13:00 to 17:30 - "End-User talks" presentations to
promote what we all build together to a wider audience that might have
heard of what we do, but haven't actually seen it in action/put
together. We might also want to have a "lightning" hour with lots of
quick Demos of applications running on a completely free stack (5 - 10
minutes per demo).

- Sunday from 09:00 to 12:30 - "Developer talks" presentations of things
that are in progress and that people want to explain in more depth to
get developers of the other projects to join in a share the fun.

- Sunday from 13:00 to 17:30 - "The Future" hard core interactive
technical hacker discussions on how to integrate the projects more and
move forward in the next year.

Arnaud Vandyck, Dalibor Topic, Mark Wielaard, Michael Koch and and Tom
Tromey will be our "program committee" this year. If you would like to
present something, have an idea for a demo or discussion topic please
let us know at Please mention the
title, a little abstract, which track and whether you want to do a quick
demo, a short 30 min talk or full hour talk (we prefer 30 minute talks
to give everybody a chance to present something). Deadline for proposals
is December 18, so you have a month to think of something cool. Then we
make sure to have some kind of "formal program" at the start of January.

Examples of presentations and reports from previous years:

Some ideas for interesting topics:
- Free Swing - The Demo!
- Your GNU/Linux distro and the free runtimes - package overview.
- From 0 to 100 in 15 Minutes: Getting started with GNU Classpath 
  development using Eclipse, JamVM, Mauve, and the ChangeLog plugin!
- Integrating with Objectweb through native-(gcj)-JOnAS
- Writing plugins using a free software stack.
- Using GNU Classpath/gcj/kaffe for games
- Using free runtimes on Wine and other win32 environments
- Embedding GNU Classpath in web browsers and support for JNLP
  - Security Auditing!
- 1.5 language support in GNU Classpath, gcjx and the free runtimes
- GNU Classpath/OSGi/J2ME/Library splitting and trimming
- Harmony through interfacing.
- Beyond JAPI: what is needed to "really finish" GNU Classpath
  Or, "Beyond Java" -- what we can do when we finish 1.5.
  Or more generally some kind of presentation about development
  metrics: bug rates, rates of change in japi/lines of code/tests,
  email volume, stuff like that.
- Debugging, JDWP development efforts.
- etc.

Hope to see you in Brussels on February 25 and 26 2006,

Arnaud, Dalibor, Mark, Michael and Tom

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