Hi Roan and Henna, and others,
There has been some discussion about this in the past few months with some
German developers, and with Tim and Brion. Initially the German developers
had something planned during CCC late December, but this was cancelled for
reasons unknown to me. Daniel has been pushing me to give more clarity on
the FOSDEM 2009 idea a few weeks ago, but I was not able to give more
clarity because the FOSDEM organisation had not been able to announce a date
up to a little more than hour ago.
As you can see by the dev room request I just CC-ed to this list, we have
already made the request for a dev room. I have high hopes that we will be
able to present our wonderful project to the thousands of open source
developers, and enthousiasts that will be in Brussels that weekend. I dream
of Brion or Tim, or some other MediaWiki hero giving a presentation on some
insanely complicated part of MediaWiki in one of the main rooms :).
Given the number of developers that we have in Europe, quite close to
Brussels, I think the goal of 12-15 developers isn't insane (Semantic
MediaWiki, Collection, API, OmegaWiki, Translate, possibly one or more of
the Wikimedia employed developers, and whatever I didn't mention but is
there). As MediaWiki is quite a hot application, I think we cannot only
inform and improve amongst ourselves, and push MediaWiki further, but also
inform others, and maybe 'score' some new developers (even though PHP sucks,
as you can read in at least a handful of places in the MediaWiki source).
For now we have to wait until our request gets accepted or denied (before 30
November). Meanwhile I very much support ideas for tech talks in case we
*do* get the dev room, and I would like to know if any other people are
interested in joining the 'staff' for the dev room. We may have to organise
a few things, which may or may not cost some time.
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Namens Roan Kattouw
Verzonden: donderdag 6 november 2008 0:13
Aan: Wikimedia developers
Onderwerp: Re: [Wikitech-l] Fwd: [FOSDEM] FOSDEM 2009: Call for devrooms,
stands and lightning talks
Finne Boonen schreef:
Anybody interested in trying to get a devroom? I'm
willing to help
organise, would just like to have an idea if people are interested
I'd be interested, provided other devs are as well and actually show up
:) . I'd need to know the latter in advance, as I wouldn't want to waste
two 5h40m train trips, much less the money involved.
Also, I assume you're talking about a devroom for just one day here?
Roan Kattouw (Catrope)