XDC2016 Will Be One Of The Largest X.Org Conferences In A Long Time

Written by Michael Larabel in X.Org on 14 September 2016 at 08:02 PM EDT. 28 Comments
Next week's XDC2016 conference in Finland will be one of the largest X.Org Developers' Conferences, if not the largest ever.

Some years there has been just 30~50 attendees while usually it's less than 80, which is considered rather large for XDC that's focused upon X.Org / Mesa / DRM / Wayland / related open-source graphics projects. As of writing this evening, 102 individuals are registered to attend, albeit not everyone may actually show up.

Of the 102 individuals registered, at least 30 are employees of Intel. (Intel has a large office in Helsinki where a number of open-source developers are working.)

Interestingly, nine developers are registered from NVIDIA. This is rather a large amount when usually there are just 1~3 NVIDIA developers in attendance. This year at XDC2016, NVIDIA will be discussing their Wayland EGLStreams proposal and more.

Sadly, just one AMD developer is registered: Harry Wentland, who will be discussing the DAL display abstract proposal for the AMDGPU kernel driver. No sign of John Bridgman or Alex Deucher or any of the other AMD Linux folks this year...

Other attendees are there representing Canonical, Red Hat, SUSE, Igalia, Google, ARM, and even Broadcom and Imagination Tech. Consulting firm Collabora who invests a lot in the Mesa/Wayland stack will also have four contributors at the event.

It should be a very interesting next week in Helsinki with many interesting talks. The current XDC2016 attendee list can be seen here.
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