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FOSDEM / Brussels / 3 & 4 February 2018

FOSDEM is a two-day event organised by volunteers to promote the widespread use of free and open source software.



Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is widely recognised as the best such conference in Europe.

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community for the community. The goal is to provide free and open source software developers and communities a place to meet to:

  • get in touch with other developers and projects;
  • be informed about the latest developments in the free software world;
  • be informed about the latest developments in the open source world;
  • attend interesting talks and presentations on various topics by project leaders and committers;
  • to promote the development and benefits of free software and open source solutions.

Participation and attendance is totally free, though the organisers gratefully accept donations and sponsorship.

Every year, FOSDEM hosts a wide variety of activities. FOSDEM is a very busy conference. This edition features 644 speakers, 679 events, and 57 tracks. Activities take place in 33 rooms spread across several buildings of the Solbosch campus of the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles).
An overview of the room occupation by track is available, too.

There are essentially five different categories of sessions and activities: keynotesmain tracks,developer roomslightning talks and certification exams. During the event, the live streaming page is also updated every few minutes to show you what is currently scheduled in each room.

Developer rooms

The FOSDEM team feels it is very important for free and open source software developers around the world to be able to meet in “real life”.

To this end, the FOSDEM organizators have set up developer rooms (devrooms) with network/internet connectivity and projectors where teams can meet and showcase their projects. Devrooms are a place for teams to discuss, hack and publicly present latest directions, lightning talks, news and discussions.

BSD devroom

Event Speakers Start End


The FreeBSD Foundation and How We Are Changing the World Deb Goodkin 10:30 11:00
NetBSD and Mercurial
The challenges of a long history
Jörg Sonnenberger 11:05 11:50
BSD from scratch – from source to OS with ease on NetBSD Sevan Janiyan 11:55 12:30
pot: another container framework based on jails and ZFS
A personal/educational project to run containers with the power of FreeBSD
Luca Pizzamiglio 12:35 13:25
CBSD, Isolation manager
How to manage jails, bhyve VMs and Xen via CBSD, while keeping it all simple
Goran Mekić 13:30 14:20
pkgsrc on ChromeOS Benny Siegert 14:25 14:55
OpenBSD base system maintenance made easy
Antoine Jacoutot 15:00 15:30
OpenBSD as house alarm system
Openbsd is not only good for network related projects
Vincent Delft 15:35 16:20
ZFS: Advanced Integration
Server, Laptop, Embedded, or Appliance — ZFS is the Answer
Allan Jude 16:25 17:10
Configuring build base on FreeBSD
Making things easy for the user
RoberFern 17:15 18:00
Reflections on Teaching a Unix Class With FreeBSD
Lessons learned on both sides
Benedict Reuschling 18:05 18:50



Like almost every other conference, FOSDEM invites speakers to gently start the day with talks concerning slightly less technical, but nevertheless interesting topics from the Open Source realm. The closing keynote at the end of the conference helps everyone digest the vast amount of insightful information collected over the weekend.

For this edition, the keynotes are as follows:

Title Speaker(s) Day When Room
Welcome to FOSDEM 2018 Photo of FOSDEM StaffFOSDEM Staff Saturday 09:30 – 09:55 Janson
Consensus as a Service
Twenty Years of OSI Stewardship
Photo of Simon PhippsSimon PhippsPhoto of Italo VignoliItalo Vignoli Saturday 10:00 – 10:50 Janson
Next Generation Internet Initiative
An opportunity to fix the internet
Photo of Rob van KranenburgRob van KranenburgPhoto of Michiel LeenaarsMichiel Leenaars Saturday 11:00 – 11:50 Janson
Closing FOSDEM 2018 Photo of FOSDEM StaffFOSDEM Staff Sunday 17:50 – 18:00 Janson


Main tracks

The main tracks consist of series of talks that are organised by topic, where the FOSDEM program committee selects suggestions and actively invites speakers on those topics.

For this edition the main tracks are:

Track Saturday Sunday
Community K.1.105 (La Fontaine)
History Janson
Miscellaneous K.1.105 (La Fontaine) K.1.105 (La Fontaine)
Performance Janson
Python K.1.105 (La Fontaine)
Security and Encryption Janson
Global Diversity CFP Day J1.106 J1.106K.Level.2

Developer rooms

The vast majority of events (talks, hacking sessions, open discussions) are held in so-called developer rooms (devrooms), which are organized and managed by open source projects themselves, or even associations between several such projects on a common topic in order to foster collaboration.

Here is the list of the devrooms that are present at this edition of FOSDEM, in alphabetical order:

Lightning talks

The lightning talk is a very popular format, used at many conferences, where speakers have a mere 15 minutes at their disposal to showcase an open source project, an idea, or a concept thereof.

While that brief lapse of time may seem awkward, it almost always leads the presenters to concentrate on the absolute essence and what is really important, which is why it is often a much appreciated approach, as is the wide variety of the topics.

There are currently 42 lightning talks in the schedule.

Certification Exams

Several certification organizations provide FOSDEM visitors with the opportunity of taking certification exams during the conference.

Further details are available on the certification page.

The following types of exams are available at FOSDEM 2018, in alphabetical order:

Session Room Day When


BSDCG Exam Session UB2.147 Saturday 10:30 – 12:30


LPI Exam Session 1 UB2.147 Saturday 13:00 – 15:00
LPI Exam Session 2 UB2.147 Saturday 15:30 – 17:30
LPI Exam Session 3 UB2.147 Sunday 09:30 – 11:30


LibreOffice Exam Session 1 UB2.147 Sunday 12:00 – 13:00
LibreOffice Exam Session 2 UB2.147 Sunday 13:30 – 14:30
LibreOffice Exam Session 3 UB2.147 Sunday 15:00 – 16:00


The FOSDEM Fringe

The FOSDEM Fringe consists of independent events involving free and open source software taking place in the days around the FOSDEM weekend. Further details are available on the FOSDEM Fringe page.

Mobile Apps

People have submitted a variety of apps for mobile devices that display the FOSDEM schedule.

Raw schedule data

The schedule data is available in:

January 17, 2018

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