[maemo-community] Fwd: [loki at fosdem.org: FOSDEM 2010: Distribution Miniconf]

From: Carsten Valdemar Munk cvm at cs.au.dk
Date: Fri Oct 23 10:58:18 EEST 2009
 From Mer/my side, I'm thinking to propose a lightning talk (15m) and  
can probably help manning a stand.


Quoting Quim Gil <quim.gil at nokia.com>:

> Hi,
> ext Jeremiah Foster wrote:
>> The following message has been popping up on the debian lists I
>> follow. I wonder if we, i.e. Maemo, are interested in taking part in
>> the distro rooms this year at FOSDEM? I know I will be there, it might
>> be cool if we did something. I know lbt wants to discuss openSUSE's
>> build system - it looks like a good opportunity to do so with openSUSE
>> themselves. Perhaps Mer wants to participate too?
> Thanks for the heads up. Yes, it's time to think what to do in FOSDEM 2010
> What is the kind of participation we want to have? Think big (but with
> your feet on the floor). There is always time to cut down.
> http://wiki.maemo.org/FOSDEM_2010
> http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?p=356121
> --
> Quim Gil
> open source advocate
> Maemo Devices @ Nokia
>> More details in the body of the email.
>> Jeremiah
>>> Hi all
>>> If you wonder why you receive this email, it's either because you've
>>> been a contact for your respective distribution at FOSDEM in the past,
>>> or because I'm looking for contacts with distribution projects where
>>> we
>>> didn't have any in the past ;)
>>> If this email is best sent to another person, please forward it
>>> accordingly.
>>> You probably all heard of FOSDEM before. If not, FOSDEM ==
>>> http://fosdem.org ;)
>>> The next edition is 6+7 February 2010, and it's also our 10th edition.
>>> As such, we've been reflecting on the evolution of the event (in the
>>> sense that our mission and what it has become is rather a platform for
>>> FOSS projects, much more than just a conference, or at least that's
>>> what
>>> we'd like FOSDEM to become), and we are introducing a change regarding
>>> Developer Rooms for distribution projects.
>>> We would like to push the envelope of our mission even further by
>>> organizing something along the lines of a "distribution summit" during
>>> FOSDEM 2010 (incidentally, I had that idea long before I heard of the
>>> "distrosummit" that will be held at linuxconf.au, a few weeks before
>>> FOSDEM but hey, it's far away, and FOSDEM is the European event of the
>>> year ;D).
>>> The idea is that rather than having several distributions with their
>>> own
>>> respective and individual Developer Room, we will host mixed
>>> conference
>>> rooms where talks and sessions will be organized _by topic_, with
>>> contributors from all distributions attending and participating.
>>> The reasoning behind it is manifold:
>>> * most distributions have their own events nowadays (FUDcon, debconf,
>>> openSUSE conf, EuroBSDCon, etc...), which are already used for topics
>>> and matters that are specific to each of them
>>> * FOSDEM is an almost unique occasion to meet and exchange with
>>> contributors of many major FOSS projects, given the large amount of
>>> visitors (~5000) and projects present during the weekend — we believe
>>> that not taking profit of that constellation is a bad use of the tool
>>> that is FOSDEM :)
>>> * the number of distributions requesting Developer Rooms at FOSDEM is
>>> very likely to rise in the future, given that Gentoo didn't send a
>>> request in time last edition and that Ubuntu didn't ask until now (but
>>> I'm assuming that it is likely to happen at some point in time ;)), as
>>> well as Mandriva having unfortunately been turned down by us due to
>>> lack
>>> of space (and there's really no reason to accept the usual suspects
>>> and
>>> having to say no to Mandriva, or almost any other distribution project
>>> for that matter)
>>> To dive into a little more detail:
>>> * 3 (large) rooms will be allocated for that "distro summit"
>>> * sessions will be scheduled by topic (see below)
>>> * every project is welcome to join in :)
>>> Note that stands are not affected in any way and will be handled as
>>> previous editions (i.e. send us a request:
>>> http://fosdem.org/2010/call_for_stands)
>>> Topics are something I need your feedback and ideas on: whatever you
>>> think is appropriate as a topic that is recurring issue for
>>> distributions (governance, feature tracking, trust mechanisms,
>>> ambassadors, ...), or something where you would like to present your
>>> solutions for specific tasks to other distributions (e.g. package
>>> building, translations, bug tracking, community infrastructure, ...),
>>> especially if you're interested in feedback, ideas and collaboration
>>> from and with other projects... we'd love to hear about it :)
>>> Given that, when I'm switching caps, I'm myself deeply involved into a
>>> distribution project (openSUSE), I do have a few proposals in terms of
>>> topics — and please don't shoot if most examples I'm giving are
>>> related
>>> to openSUSE, it's just because it happens to be the distribution
>>> project
>>> I know best:
>>> * Packaging:
>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>> - present different toolsets for handling the burden of packaging a
>>> distribution as well as additional repositories (e.g. openSUSE Build
>>> Service)
>>> - have a few packaging subsystem sessions, where the current state of
>>> RPM/yum/zypp/..., dpkg/apt, emerge, ports, etc... are presented, as
>>> well
>>> as their respective roadmaps for the future
>>> - evolve/adapt repository metadata formats ?
>>> * Localization:
>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>> - how to handle collaborative translations ? (e.g. transifex)
>>> - localization of distribution documentation, project wikis, etc...
>>> - how to coordinate with upstream ?
>>> * Community Infrastructure:
>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>> - FedoraCommunity, opensourced LaunchPad, Bugzilla extensions, etc...
>>> * Test and QA
>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>> * Governance:
>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>> - boards, elections, technical control of the distribution, ...
>>> - ambassador programs, LoCo teams, etc...
>>> - legal issues
>>> * Working with upstream:
>>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>>> - have a few sessions with major upstream projects present at FOSDEM
>>> (Mozilla, GNOME, KDE, ...) on how to improve/optimize collaboration
>>> between downstream (distributions) and upstream (developers), e.g. for
>>> patches
>>> Unless somebody has some time to spare and steps up, which would be
>>> more
>>> than welcome, we will take care of handling the coordination of the
>>> session proposals, as well as the schedule.
>>> If you're interested in participating, please contact us ASAP at
>>> devrooms at fosdem.org
>>> The most practical option will be to subscribe to a mailing-list:
>>> http://lists.fosdem.org/mailman/listinfo/dist2010
>>> And we will be able to discuss details, ideas, as well as the schedule
>>> there.
>>> If you do want to participate, please echo the event to your
>>> respective
>>> contributor community, and poke them to subscribe to the above
>>> mentioned
>>> list and make proposals or inquiries there.
>>> Thanks for reading so far, and hopefully we'll see you in Brussels for
>>> FOSDEM 2010 :)
>>> cheers
>>> --
>>>  -o) Pascal Bleser <loki at fosdem.org>    http://www.fosdem.org
>>>  /\\     FOSDEM 2010 :: 6 + 7 February 2010 in Brussels
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