FOSDEM: more boring shit

Let's take a look at my annotated copy of the FOSDEM 2011 main talk schedule, shall we?


Welcome to FOSDEM 2011
I will not make fun of this.

Why Political Liberty Depends on Software Freedom More Than Ever
I wonder what it's like to believe that liberty depends on the government enforcing copyright law.

LLVM and Clang
Unless he is announcing a linker that doesn't depend on GCC, I don't care.

How kernel development goes wrong and why you should be a part of it anyway
"Please for the love of god don't slow down now."


The Life of a Firefox Feature
"First we come up with it, then we add sqlite to it, then we make sure it breaks the API, then we demand someone write a plugin if they don't want that functionality."

Qt Webkit Goes Mobile
You mean the browser component of a toolkit owned by a mobile phone company is 'going mobile'? Freakin fascinating, sign me up to hear about this for an hour!

Firefox 4: new features for users and developers
New: Opera's interface, another goddamn database
Removed: The status bar, dignity
Still not fixed: HTML 4.


DevOps? - More than Marketing
Apparently programmers have noticed that many sysadmins can code. Now, they think that basic sysadmin work needs to be codified and given a special name. I hope this trend ends soon, so that programmers will stop trying to 'help.'

systemd: Beyond init
Lennart Poettering reimagines djb's daemontools, with way more dumb shit and way less simplicity. Do you really want the guy behind PulseAudio to be responsible for init?

I'm Going M.A.D.
Some web developer thinks he can teach us all about monitoring. No actual point is made in the talk summary.

Web Frameworks

Apache Wicket

Django's architecture - the good, the bad, and the ugly
should be called 'the massive, the shitty, and the insecure'

Languages PL/Parrot: Cutting Edge Free Software
Why the hell would you cram a database into a language interpreter I don't even

Objective-C: Not just for Macs and iPhones
Yes, it is.

Practical Go Programming
Go programming will not be practical until they quit breaking the goddamn language every other time I try to hg clone it.





Liberating Open Office Development
Alternate title: "Getting Kicked Out of Oracle"

WebODF: an office suite built on browser technology
A thousand lines of javascript? Or the worst thousand lines of javascript?

Calligra Under the Hood -- Using the Calligra Suite Office engine in your own applications.
No, there's no new office suite out there. "Calligra" is just koffice, and it's got the same half-assed broken Qt interface it had before.