X@FOSDEM 2010 Is Now A Half-Day Event
Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 30 January 2010 at 08:02 PM EST. 7 Comments
Well, it was bad enough when X@FOSDEM became a one day event (where for the past several years it has been a highly-populated two-day conference) at the upcoming Free Open Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) taking place in Brussels next weekend, but now it's not even a one day event. X@FOSDEM has just been sliced down to now just be a half-day conference... Well, five hours.

We already reported last week that X@FOSDEM 2010 will very likely be its last after FOSDEM organizers are not impressed at all over missing talks from the schedule, but now at the last minute they have stripped the X.Org project of its development room in the morning and handed it over to OpenMoko for some morning meetings.

X@FOSDEM 2010 will now start at noon on Sunday and then there are five, one-hour planned talks. After that, FOSDEM is over. That means there is no more room for any last minute talks, including no talk by Intel's Keith Packard, which has been somewhat of an annual tradition at FOSDEM. There's also no annual Nouveau status update nor any Gallium3D update from Tungsten Graphics / VMware. The speakers for this final X@FOSDEM include Nicolai Hähnle, Daniel Stone, Luc Verhaegen, Jerome Glisse, and Mikhail Gusarov. The topics covered include getting GLSL support in the ATI R300 Gallium3D driver, polishing X.Org, Luc's new, simple-to-maintain-and-update graphics driver stack, Radeon kernel mode-setting, and lastly is a talk about X on e-Paper. Details can be found on the X.Org Wiki.

This is rather unfortunate that X@FOSDEM is now just going to occupy a quarter of the time that it did in year's past at FOSDEM... Especially if you are like I and going from the US to Europe for providing this X.Org coverage, but Phoronix will have videos and live coverage for what is left of this event. There is also a rumor about the X Developers' Conference (XDC) making a return sometime this year in France.

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