Perl-devroom at FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium, on Sunday, 31 January 2016

This just in.  Perl gets a devroom  at FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium, on Sunday, 31 January 2016.

Doors open at 10:30, close at 19:00, no (lunch or coffee or tea) breaks between the talks.  The room number is yet to be announced (so we don’t know the seating capacity of the room yet, in 2015 our room could hold 90 people).  There will be WIFI and a VGA projector.

You are welcome to send your talk proposals to me.  Read about that here:

FOSDEM 30 & 31 January 2016 – Brussels, Belgium – Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers
Fosdem, Brussels, 30&31 January 2016


Free University Brussels, Campus Solbosh:

Please send in your presentation proposal.  What do we want from you?

  • Your name
  • Email address
  • A short bio (couple of lines about who you are, what you do, what special things you have done in the past that make you proud)
  • A recent picture of you
  • Title of your presentation (shorter is better)
  • Short description of your presentation (couple of paragraphs)

Send your proposal to:
Wendy van Dijk (email: wendy at
Claudio Ramirez (email: claudio at

What is FOSDEM, and why a call for speakers?
Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is the biggest free and non-commercial European event organized by and for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet (see  Some 6,000 to 7,000 people will visit FOSDEM.  There will be 25 tracks in 5 different buildings, so a lot to choose from (the 2015 schedule is a good example: ).

There are three buildings with an expo, and in 2015 there were 55 booths, ranging from programming languages, operating systems, databases, magazines, browsers, publishers and much more (have a look at ).

There are some food-carts (even one or more with vegan food) and a small restaurant.  There are a lot of restaurants in the neighbourhood, outside the campus area.

Friday night (29 January) will be “Beer Event” in Delirium Café.  The best opportunity to taste the best beers of the world, and they have 25 draught beers and a menu with thousands (!) different bottled beers.  We always try to have a nice table on the 1st floor (the ground floor is really to busy) for the Perl-community, so come and have a chat and a beer.  More info:

The Perl-presence at FOSDEM
This will be the seventh year that the Perl-community has a presence at FOSDEM and we expect to have both a booth and a devroom. We collected an impressive positive return and wish to renew the experience.

Both the booth- and the devroom-requests are sent to the organisers of FOSDEM, and we hope both will be approved.  Approval of the devroom should be announced on 19 october.  Approval of the booth should be announced 30 november.

The booth will be open both days.

We expect that the devroom event will take place one day only, last years we had it on Saturday.  if that happens again, the devroom will be on 30 January 2016.  Doors open at 10:30, close at 19:00, no (lunch or coffee or tea) breaks between the talks.  Since approval is pending, the room number is to be announced (so we don’t know the seating capacity of the room yet, in 2015 our room could hold 90 people).  There will be WIFI and a VGA projector.
Edit:  we just got confirmation, our room will be on Sunday, January 31.

This environment, being a university classroom, lends itself perfectly for talks. This is a wonderful opportunity to present your Perl-project, ­big or small­, or talk about subjects you care about. We are looking for a variety of subjects on all levels: starter and advanced, generic and specialized, core internals and CPAN, Perl 5 and Perl 6.

Since the audience is not necessary Perl-only but a wide variety of people interested in open source in general, maybe with little knowlegde of Perl, we do like “big talks”.  A technical talk about the peculiarities of a module that is not widely used might be better presented at your local Perl Mongers meeting or a Perl Workshop.  But still, we have accepted such talks in the past.  Take a look at schedules of past Perl-devrooms for examples of previously accepted talks ( , , ).

We have 8,5 hours time, so we have the flexibility of using different time formats: e.g. talks of 20 minutes, more classic talks of 40 minutes.  In some occasions, we have had talks of 60 minutes, but we prefer talks of 20 or 40 minutes.

Please don’t doubt to send a proposal (information about yourself, subject, short description and time needed). If you have several subjects you are enthusiastic to talk about please send alternative proposals. Also mention your time constraints (if any, like “I really do not want to be the first/last speaker”, or “I do not want to speak in the morning/afternoon”).

Please send your talk proposal by email to the email-address mentioned above, and please don’t wait too long. You will receive a confirmation within 2 days that we receive your proposal.  On 18 december (preferrably earlier), we have to submit a definitive schedule in the system that the FOSDEM-organisers provide us with.  We will tell you wether your proposal is accepted as soon as we made the decision.

Please forward / distribute this call as wide as possible (certainly to your local mongers).

Thank you. Hope to meet you all in Brussels.

Added text (25-10-2015)(between *** and ***):
*** Please be aware that presenting at FOSDEM implies giving permission to be recorded. The recordings will be published under the same licence as all FOSDEM content (CC-BY).  If you need an exception, please mention this in your proposal (we need to contact the FOSDEM organisers before we include the speaker in our room’s schedule). FOSDEM accepts that there may be occasional situations where, after a streamed presentation, we expect there to be some short Q&A or informal discussion that we maybe do not want broadcasting – if so, let we need to know about this in advance so we can prepare properly for this and make sure the stream is cut at the right time. ***

In previous years, we organised dinner on both the Saturday and the Sunday of FOSDEM.  We will try to reserve the upper floor of Belgian-style restaurant La Porteuse d’Eau again, since many of us love the restaurant.  That floor can host 70 people, and the menu will not be a-la-carte, but a limited amount of items.  Vegans and vegetarians will get good food too.  Food for people with special dietary needs (for instance, allergies), if mentioned in advance, can be taken care of.  But reservations have to made yet.
Brussels has an enormous amount of restaurants and bars.  If you cannot join us, you will be able to find a good place to eat somewhere.

Promotional materials
If your project, your company or your organisation has marketing materials, you are welcome to send them to me (please contact us before sending anything).  We hope to have two big tables again, and most space on the tables will be filled with books, camels, stickers, buttons, pens, tuits and some brochures, but we will have space for some other marketing materials.  It will be nice if some Perl-icon (e.g. butterfly, camel, onion, your company logo) is visible.  The booth’s organising team decides what is acceptable and what is not.

NB1: FOSDEM is a community-event without sponsoring for speakers in devrooms. In principle, we don’t have the means to pay for your trip and time. If you want to sponsor part of the event, please feel free to contact us.  If you can only come when sponsored, please mention that in your proposal, and we will see if sponsoring can be found.

NB2: We’ll also appreciate volunteers, for both the booth and the devroom. Please tell us which of the two days you are available (or both days if you can), and what times, and the type of volunteer-work you prefer, so we can also prepare a planning for this.

In the devroom we need volunteers like these: timekeepers, door-managers (in case the room is full, we have to stop more people from getting in), videocamera-operators (the event is streamed live, and each talk will be recorded).

For the booth we need volunteers like these: people that help carry boxes from our truck to the booth, and we have carts for that, and at the end, to carry all stuff back to the truck; people that help answer questions about Perl (5/6/CPAN/etc); people that help clean up during and after the expo.

OSCON 2015 was nice, but lacked content

I was at OSCON 2015 ( , in Portland, OR, USA.  This was my third and maybe last time.  I came there mostly because I wanted to staff the Perl-booth in the Expo Hall ( ), but very soon, I was disgusted by the commercial approach to the conference.  I had a nasty feeling beforehand, when I inspected the schedule and the list of sponsors of the conference, and these feelings became solid while I was there.

At the end of the conference, attendees are asked to fill in an online survey.  I will illustrate my unhappiness with OSCON by showing you my answers to the questions.

Overall, the content at this conference was (excellent / very good / good / fair / poor)

Were you satisfied by the technical level of the conference? (no, not technical enough / yes, the technical level was good enough / no, too technical)
no, not technical enough

The mind-blowing parts of the conference program were:
Damian Conway – Perl 6: Transparadigm Programming 101
Vicky M. Brasseur – Internet Archive
Expo Hall – DiagonAlley aka the little alley with all the community booths
Next time, the conference program should include:
Community booths
Perl track / language track
Network track
Database track
Operating System track

Did you visit the Expo Hall? (yes / no)

Was the Expo Hall worthwhile (if applicable)? (yes / no / not applicable)

Did you learn anything in the Expo Hall related to the conference content (if applicable)? (yes / no)

The Expo Hall would have been better with companies like:
(not applicable: I want companies out that don’t belong there, that bought there way in, like HP and Microsoft)

What is the likelihood that you will come to a future Conference? (definitely / very likely / moderately likely / possible but not very likely / unlikely)
possible but not very likely

The networking opportunities at the conference were (excellent / very good / good / fair / poor)
very good

Do you have any thoughts on the networking opportunities?
No thoughts, they are fine, maybe even getting too much space and money.

Do you have any thoughts about the customer service, food, signage, logistics, etc.?
* Access control is too strict, more parts of the conference should be open to all.
* This is an extremely expensive conference for attendees, that obviously costs tremendously much to make, while it is very much visible that the hard workers (for instance the expo builders) are underpaid and overworked and unhappy.
* If you want to visit just a small amount of talks, you still have to pay a lot.

Do you have any additional feedback to share about your experience at the conference?
* The community booths were so small, they were tremendously crowded.  The alley with the community booths was well hidded and the people there felt belittled.
* Word is, that you will discontinue the community booths, just like OSCON Europe will have no community booths.  I will visit OSCON Europe because I already bought silver passes for me and my partner, but only one day. If next year’s OSCON USA will have no community booths, we will not come and visit.
* OSCON has become too commercial, the big corporations have gotten too much influence.  The keynote of Wardley at the end was not even about open source, but had a clear message: the Expo Hall had a little DiagonAlley where the wizards are, the rest of the Hall is filled with Muggles.  Huawei, HP, Paypal, Microsoft, Samsung, SAP, Walmart: they don’t belong in an open source expo, and they and many other big companies got way too much influence in the open source conference, with so many sponsored talks.  I walked out of several talks because of the obvious sponsored contents, filled with buzzwords and technobabble.  It is obvious, not just to me, that the enemies of open source are taking over and trying to make open source into a meaningless pit of unintelligable wordsalad.  At least, at this conference.
* You spent a lot of money making people feel ‘happy’, with interesting stories, but they were so empty: you forgot about the content.  There was no language track, no network track, no database track, no operating track, no Larry Wall, no ‘State of the Onion’.  What the hell, just 3 talks about Perl, and one of them is about going from Perl to Go?  And this used to be “The Perl Conference”!  Do you do this on purpose, to scare future visitors away that come from the tech side, the real wizards?
* Next year OSCON is in Austin, because obviously the Conference Center became too expensive.  You make it sound like ‘well, we are going to spread the word of open source to other places’.  Who are you kidding?

If you had the Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze conference pass, have you found the 3-month subscription to Safari that was included with your pass to be a valuable service? (I’ve used it and it’s valuable to me / I’ve tried it but have not found it valuable / I have not used it / I did not know about it / Not Applicable)
I’ve tried it but have not found it valuable

Optional – If you had a great experience, please leave a public testimonial for future marketing purposes. Please include your name and an affiliation as you’d like it to appear with the public testimonial.

So, that’s what I’ve sent them.  I am a poor programmer, but I felt a wizard among all those muggles.  I do a little bit of marketing for Perl, with my silly buttons and stickers and tuits and Perl 6-pens and Perl 6-ribbons and trying to sell books and camels at a conference where an access pass costs over $1000 and the attendees expect all your stuff for free.  I am blown away by the marketing efforts of the big companies, they are grander every year, and when you walk around when their booths are built (and later, broken down), you feel pity at the hard workers.

OSCON is mostly about networking with your peers, and the Hallway-track is used a lot.  It is lovely to see so many people just sitting in the hallways, hacking with others.
OSCON is also about the buzzwords taking over.  And the decision to not have clearly defined tracks in the many rooms is a bad one.  Open source is primarily about operating systems, networks, databases and programming languages.  If neither of those have their own tracks, but are hidden away in a tossed salad of talks with titles that have no meaning, it looks like open source means nothing special anymore.  Just the big projects that will be mostly gone in a couple of years.  The wizards no longer have a place there, the muggles have taken over, and they know little about how things are built.

I had a nice time at OSCON, because I have seen old friends, made some new friends, saw wizards that blew my mind, I did see a couple of nice talks, and I saw beautiful Portland again, and I ate great food and drank great spirits.

Fosdem – Perl devroom schedule 31Jan2015 and booth 31Jan&1Feb2015

Hello all,

Fosdem, the Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting.  See all about it on

The Perl-community will be present with a big booth and a so-called devroom.  The devroom will be room K.3.401, and you can see the schedule on .
We have 11 presentations by 11 speakers.  Most talks will be 45-50 minutes, except for 1 of 20 minutes and one of 40 minutes.  The schedule will be interesting for Perl- and non-Perl-people alike.
There will be no coffee-, tea- or lunchbreaks,  between every talk is just a short 5-minutes break.
We did have so many great proposals, even before doing a Call for Speakers, that we could fill a second day in our devroom.
We finished the schedule within the deadline, so we will be printed nicely with our schedule in the FOSDEM conference-booklet

So, everybody is more than welcome in our very own devroom at the FOSDEM in Brussels on Saturday, January 31st, starting at 10:30 to 19:00.  We have a nice mix of relatively not-yet-so-famous and some very famous Perl-developers.  Topics range from an enthusiastic story why CPAN is awesome, the current status of Dancer and Perl 5.22 and Perl 6(.0.0), the story of Perl 6 since its beginning, and some amazing new developments in Perl 6.  We are quite proud of this schedule, of which Wendy thinks is the best Perl-schedule ever at FOSDEM.  The nice thing is, most of the speakers committed themselves to speak at FOSDEM months ago.

On Sunday, February 1st, the big main room “Janson” in building J, which can hold 1,400 attendees, will sport two Perl-presentations.  The amiable Dana Jacobsen will give a very nice presentation at 12:00, “Design and Implementation of a Perl Number Theory Module”.  Following him will be the inventor and benign dictator for life of Perl, Larry Wall, who at 13:00 will announce that Perl 6.0.0 will be released somewhere this year (yes, the year 2015), and yes, we have been looking forward to that for quite some time.
That’s not all.  We have a big booth, two tables, conveniently in the same building as the devroom, on both days of FOSDEM: 31 january & 1 February 2015. You can find us in K building, level 2, booth number 17, and next to us will be Python, OpenUI5 and many more.  See for info about which communities will have a stand.

At the booth you will find the largest library of Perl-books, the big Perl camel, goodies, brochures, tuits, buttons, stickers, soft toy camels in three sizes, and quite a bit more.

See  for where the buildings are.  See  for directions on how to get to FOSDEM.  Go to the Free University Brussels, Campus Solbosh, and meet 6,000 to 7,000 open source enthusiasts.

You can to contribute to our booth.  Bring brochures, job descriptions, pens, books, buttons, t-shirts, stickers, and other goodies from your company, institutation, organisation, as long as it has something to do with Perl,  Please bring that with you.  If we can use it for Perl promotion, and if there is still room on the tables, we will put it there and give it away.  Or we sell it and use the proceeds for a donation to The Perl Foundation.

Friday night is the famous Beer Event ( ) at Delirium Café (Impasse de la Fidélité 4, Brussels,  It will be enormously busy as always, with many hundreds of people (more than 1,000?).  We know that a group of at least 10 Perl Mongers will come, and some of us will try to come early and conquer our own table / corner, probably on the first floor (so not the ground floor, the one upstairs!).  Pay for your own drinks…   And don’t come too late.  Rather soon, the Delirium Café will be filled with people, and the alley it is located will be filled with people, and when that happens, the alley will be closed by security people, and you have to wait for people to get out before you can get in.

Saturday night we want to have dinner with a large group of people at Brasserie-restaurant La Porteuse d’Eau (the waterbearer), Avenue Jean Volders 48, Brussels (see ).  We have reserved space for 70 people on the first floor (again, not the ground floor, but upstairs).   You are welcome to register with Wendy van Dijk (wendy (at) wendy (dot) org).  Only people who have registered can join us (last year it got a bit busy, so we have to do it this way).  Also tell Wendy about any dietary wishes, because the menu will be limited to only a small number of options, and there will be a vegan and a vegetarian menu.

On Sunday, after we cleaned the booth and stored all stuff in our van, we will have dinner in La Becasse ( ),  which is on walking distance from the university: Chaussée de Boondaal 476, Ixelles / Brussels.  We have reserved room for 50 people at 18:30 and later.  Again, you have to tell Wendy that you want to join us, so please send an email to Wendy.

Many thanks to all who have talked, thought, chatted, mailed with us, who proposed a talk, who helped spread the call for talks.  Excellent cooperation!

Hope to see you Friday, Saturday, Sunday, in Brussels, Belgium.

Kind regards,

Wendy van Dijk

FrOSCon – 23&24 August 2014 – Call for Papers

FrOSCon – 23&24 August – Call for Papers
If you are not going to YAPC::Europe, go give a talk about Perl at FrOSCon!  Or help set up a Perl-booth.  Or just be there as a Perl-hero!

FrOSCon, Sankt Augustin, Germany, 23&24 August 2014

FrOSCon – 23 & 24 August – Sankt Augustin – Germany
A middle-sized open source conference. Almost always with some Perl-presence. I was there with Liz, last year, for our first time.

This year at exactly the same dates as the YAPC::Europe in Sofia, Bulgaria (see ), so we will not go to FrOSCon.

But if Sofia is too far away for you: consider FrOSCon. It is cozy, they have some very interesting things going on every year, Sankt Augustin is a very nice city.



you are receiving this mail because you have previously been involved with
making FrOSCon a successful Free and Open Source Software event.

If you would like to help us out again:  We have started this year’s Call
for Papers/Projects. See our website for details: or refer to the text
below. Please feel free to forward this to anybody who might be interested.

For the FrOSCon Orga team,

Andreas aka ScottyTM


# Call for Papers FrOSCon 2014 #

The Free and Open Source software conference (FrOSCon), a summer
conference for users and developers of FOSS, will again be held on the
23th and 24th of August at the University of Applied Sciences
Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, Germany. It is organized by
the department of computer science in collaboration with the Linux/Unix
User Group Sankt Augustin, the student body and the FrOSCon e.V.

As its key feature, volunteer speakers will hold a comprehensive range of
talks and workshops. Additionally the event offers space and facilities to
Free Software developers and projects to organize their own meetings or
sub conferences. It is topped off with a fair of booths from FLOSS
projects and companies.

# Topics #

We are looking for contributions on current trends and development in all
areas of Free and Open Source Software, e.g.:

– Operating systems
– Software development
– Administration
– IT security
– Legal aspects
– Desktop
– Education

Focus areas in 2014 are:

– “Encryption & Security” – Technical solutions for political problems

– “The state of the init”

– “Tuxracer’s Need for Speed – Linux as a gaming platform”

– “Of Beagles and Berries – it’s Open Source all the way down. How Open
Hardware Projects have gone mainstream”

Until May 23rd, 2014 developers and experts interested in giving a
lecture or workshop at the conference can submit their proposals. The
selection is done by a program committee early June.

# Submitting Contributions #

Registration and submission of contributions is accomplished via the
web-based frontend at To participate in the Call
for Papers, you will have to submit a short abstract as well as a detailed
description. To participate in the conference you will also need to submit
slides for your talk beforehand.

# Language #

Contributions can be submitted in German as well as English. The choice of
language should depend solely on which language is more suitable for
presenting the chosen topic. Language of the submitted texts and of the
talk should be the same.

# Length of the contributions #

The abstract should summarize the planned content of the talk in a precise
and succinct way. We do not place a limit on its length.

The talks should take no more than 45 minutes, in order to allow some time
for questions and for preparing the stage for the following speaker.

We can accept longer contributions in special cases; we ask for a
justification for the longer extent in this case.

# Format #

Abstract and description have to be submitted as plain text via the web
frontend. We ask for submission of the slides in PDF; other open document
format such as OpenOffice should only be submitted after prior

# Licenses #

We will publish abstract, description and slides on a website and include
the abstract in the conference program. We demand that you place your
contributions under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0
Germany ( license (or a
more lenient license.)

Unless another license is noted, we will assume that your contribution is
under this license. If you want to place your works under a less
restrictive license, please note so with your submission.

# Selection of Contributions #

Contributions are selected based on their content by a program committee.
Please understand that we cannot accept all contributions and are limited
by the number and quality of the submissions. We will favor submissions
which fall under one of the aforementioned topics.

# Other Remuneration #

FrOSCon is organized by volunteers and is mostly funded by sponsors. We
ask you to understand that we will not be able to reimburse you for your

# Accomodation #

There will be a contingent of rooms reserved for our speakers in a nearby
hotel. You will receive details on that after your submission has been

# Social Event #

We are planning to hold a social event on the evening of the 23th and
kindly invite all speakers to attend.

# Important Dates and Contacts #

May 23rd, 2014 End of the Call for Papers. All contributions need to be
submitted by this date in order to qualify.

June 8th, 2014 Notification of acceptance of all contributions

June 20th, 2014 Final acceptance. We ask  all invited speakers to give
their final acceptance by this date.

August 3rd, 2014 Last date for submitting slides

August 23th, 2014 First day of FrOSCon

Further information can be found on the web under

Please send questions about the Call for Papers via email to:

Contact the organizers via email:

Postal address:

FrOSCon e.V.
c/o Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
53757 Sankt Augustin

# Kids Track / FrogLabs #

There will be a separate CfP for the Kids Track, because we invite kids
not only as participants this year, but also as instructors. So-called
“FrogLabs” address young Open Source fans with playful workshops about the
world of computer programming and Open Source software. We will soon
publish the Call for Papers for the Frog Labs on

FrOSCon 2014
August 23th – August 24th 2014, St. Augustin, Germany

The Perl-community goes to dinner during FOSDEM in Brussels – 1& 2 Feb 2014

Saturday evening, February 1, we want to have dinner with a large group of people at Brasserie-restaurant La Porteuse d’Eau (the waterbearer), Avenue Jean Volders 48, Brussels (see ). We will all be there at around 19:30. You can come earlier, but we as organisation team have to clean and store stuff.

We have reserved seats for 50 people on the first floor (not the ground floor, but upstairs). You are welcome to register with Wendy van Dijk (wendy (at) wendy (dot) org). Only people who have registered can join us (last year it got a bit busy, so we have to do it this way).

Cost will be €20-€25 for the food, plus whatever you are going to drink. There will be 4 menus:

Menu 1: € 20,65: 3 courses with Belgian specialities (starter: 3 choices; main course: 3 choices ; dessert; 2 choices)

Menu 2: € 24,55: 3 courses with Belgian specialities, a bit more special (starter: 3 choices; main course: 3 choices ; dessert; 2 choices)

Vegetarian menu: € 20,65: starter (tomatoes & mozzarella = salade caprese) ;
main course: vegetarian pasta (tagliatelle and different kind of vegetables);
dessert : apple pie or fruit salad

Vegan menu € 20,65: starter : mixed salad with salad, tomatoes, apple, green beans;
main course : lasagna of vegetables (there is no pasta, it’s only vegetables which are put as a lasagna);
dessert : fruit salad

Sunday evening, February 2, after we cleaned the booth and stored all stuff in our van, we will have dinner in Lebanese restaurant O Liban, which is on walking distance from the university: Chaussée de Vleurgat 324, Ixelles / Brussels.
(the website seems to be down)

We have reserved room for at least 15 people at 18:00 and later. The restaurant normally is closed on Sunday after 16:00 hours, so they are doing us a favor. Therefore you have to tell us that you want to join us, so please send an email to Wendy.

They have a magnificent range of foods, they have the highest praise in many reviews.

We did not go to O Liban.  I will never ever go again to O Liban.  I have sent them several emails, I called them twice.  Second time: “we agreed that we could have dinner at your restaurant on Sunday evening, even though I know your place closes at 16:00, but when I bring at least 15 people, you will stay open for us.”
“Yeah, I remember you, you came in two weeks ago, and I said maybe. You had to send me an email and you did and i read it.  But you cannot come.  We are closed Sunday evening”.
“So,  why did you not react to my emails, and why did you say nothing the first time I called?”
“Nah…””What do you mean nah?  Now I have to find another restaurant.”
“Well, nah…”
“You don’t care?”
“We will be closed.”
“Ok, bye.”

So instead of this bastard idiot SOB’s restaurant, I checked (excellent service!) for hours to find a suitable restaurant in the neighbourhood, called several restaurants and we had a very nice dinner at La Becasse ( ).  Good service, good food, lovely decorated restaurant.  Sometimes a bit chaotic service, but so very friendly.  Maybe something for next year too.


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