Last weekend I attended FOSDEM 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.
Here are, in no particular order, things I heard and seen while being there.
Stuff on slides
Access for refugees: A government task, but the Freifunk community fixed it. (link)
We provide free Internet access, so that they can use their money for food and family and not for prepaid internet dealers (link)
“How many likes did I get” are the new slot machines of the Internet. (link)
I got kicked out of university after delivering a brilliant lecture on the aggressive influence of German philosophy on rock and roll entitled: You, Kant, Always Get What You Want.
— John Cameron Mitchell (link)
I was working in a big company, so nobody here wanted to write code that actually worked.
We help our users leave our service if they want to go for an alternative of what we do.
When they do leave, we party. (link)
From an English-speaking point of view it’s hard to keep up with all the awesome stuff you are doing in France
Is that an implementation of the CHATONS protocol? More info about C.H.A.T.O.N.S on framablog (in French)
If you come contributing to YunoHost, expect French. Don’t worry, it’s not a disease. (link)
Resurrecting Dinosaurs, what could possibly go wrong?SPEAKER: I did not expect to have a win32 architecture slide here at FOSDEM
You know what's cool? Running on billions of devicesQUESTION: Have you been approached by a government agency to introduce a backdoor?
ANSWER: Well, if I had I could not tell you. I suggest you go read the code, and if you find one, please let me know.
Unbreakable Unit TestsSPEAKER: Who here is using TDD?
Half the audience raises their hand
SPEAKER: Who here has been doing that for more than five years?
An other guy and I raise our hands
I feel old
Understanding The Complexity of Copyleft DefenseBRADLEY M. KUHN: Copyleft is a strategy
Community-oriented enforcement must never prioritize financial gain.
So, I encourage you to wake up, demand your copyrights back, and use the licensing strategy you think is best for long-term software freedom.
[freifunk] Access is a human rightGerman presenter starts talking
French organizer tell him to wait 40 seconds because the recording is not ready
PRESENTER: Timing is strict here
ORGANIZER: Well, we’re a bit German. And I mean that in a good way
Let's de-Google-ify the InternetSPEAKER: You just need a web browser, so please use Firefox
libre.sh helps you to host your FLOSSIn the middle of a live demo
Types a command on the terminal
Console gets flooded with warning messages
SPEAKER: You can safely ignore these warnings
Puffin: Free Webapp Hosting for Average UsersSPEAKER: Let’s start with a demo
Clicks the register button
Enters the ‘login’ field
Lots of suggestions are displayed: ‘test’, ‘test1’, ‘test2’, …
FreedomBox, liberty inside the cloudQUESTION: Are you going to include an e-mail client and server in the freedombox distribution?
ANSWER: Well, no. I think certain things need to die at some point.
And, last but not least:
FOSDEM in a nutshell
Decentralized Internet devroomTRISTAN NITOT: The room is full at 9 AM on a Sunday morning after a short night, a long evening and probably too many beers. Thanks for coming!
See you next year!