The yearly FOSDEM was excellent as always. I could not attend all talks; mine was on sunday afternoon and as usual I was still improving it at the conference itself. Nevertheless, I spoke with many people and saw some very good presentations. Now that the videos are online, I will mention some of them with a link to the video footage.

Why Political Liberty Depends on Software Freedom More Than Ever (video).

Eben Moglen rallied the FOSDEM troops with early morning politics. He warns that we need not just Free Software, but also a Free Internet. If it is possible to turn off the internet, it is flawed.

Calligra Under the Hood (video).

Boudewijn Rempt gave a technical overview that shows that Calligra is a good starting point if you want to write your own custom office suite.

Building a free, massively scalable cloud computing platform (video)

Soren Hansen talked about the ‘Apache of cloud solutions’ OpenStack.

Firefox 4: new features for users and developers (video)

Tristan Nitot talked about the improvements in Firefox 4. It’s nice to see them summarized in one talk. I particularly like the improvements in speed.

Cloud 9 IDE (video) A development environment for JavaScript in the browser: awesome!.

KDevelop: Rapid C++ Programming (video) For those not entirely in the cloud, KDevelop is a great IDE. Milian Wolff gave a nice overview of some of the coolest features.

and of course the amazing talk on WebODF: an office suite built on browser technology (video) where I showed how to add WebODF to a website, how to write an Android application using WebODF and simply explained how it works. If this talk does not answer all your questions, come to #webodf on freenode, or post a question on forums.


added a link from wikipedia

I added a link to WebODF in the list of software that support ODF on Wikipedia.