Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

24 Jan 2010, 10:06 a.m.

Upcoming FOSDEM & UK Travel

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I'm going to FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting I'm going to FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting, the first weekend in February. (Something like twenty of my Collabora colleagues will be there, including some I've never met before.) I've been to England & to Russia, but you can waffle around as to whether those are really Europe. But FOSDEM is in Brussels, Belgium! Very European, and makes its own waffles. I'll be arriving in Brussels a day or two before the conference proper. After it ends, I'll ride the Eurostar train (!) to England and see my Cambridge colleagues for about a week.

This is a management discussion trip and a seeing-people trip; as helpful as occasional facetime is for developers, it's essential for a manager like me. So, if you live in a bit of Europe or England such that it's easy for you to visit Brussels or Cambridge, I'd love to see you. And if you're giving a FOSDEM talk I absolutely must see, let me know! I'm interested in checking out:

(I'll have to put together a list of all the Collabora talks soon.)

Family continuity note: Seven years ago, Leonard went to Belgium for the European Python conference. I helped him brush up on his French, he hung out with Jarno Virtanen & Taina Prusti, etc., etc., etc.


24 Jan 2010, 21:42 p.m.

You'd probably enjoy meeting my boss ( (blog), manager of Red Hat's Community Architecture team) and some of the Fedora Ambassadors who'll be there, and swapping stories about the work you do and how you got into it - it's one of those "cool people, meet each other, yay!" things.

27 Jan 2010, 23:52 p.m.

Update: I won't be making this trip, unfortunately, so I won't be at FOSDEM. Hope people enjoy the talks, though!