Important security notice about the conference internet
FOSDEM was informed of possible attempts, at several FOSDEM locations, to harvest usernames and passwords.
The official network names (SSIDs) on the campus during FOSDEM were "FOSDEM" and "FOSDEM-ancient".
FOSDEM has not provided any other internet access.
The official FOSDEM wireless network did NOT ask for any credentials.
E.g. the use of the network name (SSID) "FOSDEM FreeWifi by Google" was neither authorised nor condoned by FOSDEM. This network presented a login page resembling a login page of Google.
FOSDEM is taking action regarding these incidents.
If you think you might be affected we advise you to take all the steps you deem necessary.
For Google's Gmail security tips please read https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7036019.
If you need to contact us regarding this matter, please use the FOSDEM security email address: firstname.lastname@example.org with GPG key fingerprint: C466 DBD8 A2B3 30C9 5B09 30D9 705D 2457 B530 8FA0.
Videos are being transcoded and uploaded
FOSDEM isn't finished yet, but the first videos are already being transcoded and uploaded to our video archive.
As of this writing, 43 videos have been released, with 7 more being transcoded. Speakers who had a talk on Saturday should have received an invitation by email to review their talks on our review system; if you had a talk yesterday and haven't checked your email yet, please do so that we can release videos as soon as possible.
Those interested in the state of a particular talk can check out the overview page for up-to-date information.
Last set of speaker interviews
We proudly present the last set of speaker interviews. See you at FOSDEM this weekend!
- Andrew Savchenko: Quantum computing and post-quantum cryptography. a gentle overview
- Arun Thomas: RISC-V. Open Hardware for Your Open Source Software
- Benjamin Henrion (zoobab): Pieter Hintjens In Memoriam. For ZeroMQ and all the rest
- Bradley M. Kuhn: Understanding The Complexity of Copyleft Defense. After 25 Years of GPL Enforcement, Is Copyleft Succeeding?
- Dwayne Bailey: Continuous Localisation using FOSS tools. Building a fast responsive localisation process using open source tools
- Georg Greve: Let's talk about hardware: The POWER of open.. How Open POWER is changing the game and why the Free Software Community should care.
- Gerolf Ziegenhain: Using Linux in Air Traffic Control. Hardware and Operating System Platforms
- Justin W. Flory: What open source and J.K. Rowling have in common. Importance of storytelling in open source projects
- Leah Rowe: Libreboot. Free your BIOS today!
- Matthew Hodgson: Encrypting Matrix. Building a universal end-to-end encrypted communication ecosystem with Matrix and Olm
If you haven't read our previous interviews with main track speakers yet, take a look at them. It's for free and no registration necessary, just like the conference!
Call for volunteers
With FOSDEM just around the corner, it is time for us to enlist your help.
Every year, an enthusiastic band of volunteers helps us make FOSDEM a fun and safe place for all our attendees. We could not do this without you. This year we again need as many hands as possible, especially during the buildup (starting Friday at noon) and teardown (Sunday evening). No need to worry about missing lunch. Food will be provided.
If you have some spare time during the weekend and would like to be a part of the team that makes FOSDEM tick... We need help with the following:
- Build-up - Setting up the venue on Friday: this mostly involves carrying tables to their destinations and setting them up, putting up signage, covering the walls in brown paper... in short: transform the campus into a conference venue. We need as many volunteers as possible for this task.
- Network - Deploying the network on Friday: rolling out, neatly securing and crimping UTP cables. People with experience rolling out networks and crimping cables are very welcome!
- Infodesk - Available at the infodesk during the weekend: help out fellow attendees with their questions, sell t-shirts etc.. Proficiency in English is a must, but if you are proficient in other languages as well, it certainly wouldn't hurt.
- Heralding - Briefly introduce the speakers and the topics of their talks, make sure all talks end on time by giving speakers cues near the end of their time slot. Keep an eye out on room safety and report potential issues such as overcrowded rooms before it becomes more than a "potential" issue.
- Safety - Keep an eye out for hazardous situations such as patches of ice that could trip people up, overcrowded rooms etc.. This also involves barring entrance to rooms that are at full capacity so we can keep the conference safe for everyone. This can be combined with moderation.
- Video - Capturing and recording video. Ensure the livestreams to thousands are up and running and all talks are recorded.
- Tear-down - (and cleanup) on Sunday evening: collecting beer bottles, tearing down the network, pulling brown paper off the walls, taking down the signage, stacking the rental tables in neat heaps, broom the floors etc.. Basically, make sure we're welcome again next year.
For more information, please have a look at our updated volunteer FAQ
If any or all of these sound like your kind of gig, pick your task(s) at our volunteer tool, subscribe to the volunteers mailing list and keep an eye on #fosdem-volunteers on freenode (also available via webchat). Feel free to shout out and introduce yourself!
Third set of speaker interviews
With only two weeks left until FOSDEM 2017, we have added some new interviews with our main track speakers, varying from a keynote talk about Kubernetes through cryptographic functions based on Keccak and the application delivery controller Tempesta FW to ethics in network measurements:
- Alexander Krizhanovsky: Tempesta FW. Linux Application Delivery Controller
- Brandon Philips: Kubernetes on the road to GIFEE
- Deb Nicholson and Molly de Blanc: All Ages: How to Build a Movement
- Gilles Van Assche: Portfolio of optimized cryptographic functions based on Keccak
- Jason A. Donenfeld: WireGuard: Next Generation Secure Kernel Network Tunnel. Cutting edge crypto, shrewd kernel design, and networking meet in a surprisingly simple combination
- Robert Kratky: Bridging the Gap between Legacy Docs and Modular Content
- Vesna Manojlovic: Ethics in Network Measurements . Moral obligations of engineers, scientists and hackers, based on example of RIPE Atlas
Our interviews page is already filling up nicely with a diverse set of main track speakers. Stay tuned for more next week.
Guided sightseeing tours
If your non-geek partner and/or kids are joining you to FOSDEM, they may be interested in spending some time exploring Brussels while you attend the conference.
Like previous years, FOSDEM is organising sightseeing tours.