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FOSDEM 2016 – Microkernel devroom


The developers of several free and open-source microkernel-based operating systems will meet at FOSDEM 2016 [1] in Brussels, Belgium and will share a developer room. The devroom is currently looking for content in the form of talks and activities related to the area of microkernel-based operating systems. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • project introductory and status update talks, demos
  • architecture, subsystem and components' design
  • hardware and device drivers
  • tools, languages and toolchains
  • development, debugging, testing and release engineering
  • best practices and learning from mistakes
  • trends and challenges
  • community and life with a microkernel project

Please use the Pentabarf [2] system to submit your proposals. You do not need to create a new account if you already have one. When in doubt, please use the devroom mailing list [3]. The deadline for your CfP submissions is on 2015-12-13. Make sure to include the following in your proposal:

  • title of your talk
  • abstract (one or two paragraphs)
  • your full name
  • your short bio
  • a picture of yourself
  • duration of your talk

The official devroom schedule (along with the accepted talks) will be announced on 2015-12-18 in the devroom's mailing list and the speakers will be notified via e-mail. The schedule will also be published on the FOSDEM web and in the FOSDEM booklet.

The devroom will take place on Saturday of January 30, 2016 at ULB Solbosch Campus in Brussels, Belgium [4].


FOSDEM is a two-day event organised by volunteers to promote the widespread use of free and open source software. Taking place in the beautiful city of Brussels (Belgium), FOSDEM is widely recognised as the best such conference in Europe. FOSDEM covers a wide spectrum of free and open source software projects, and offers a platform for people to collaborate. To this end, FOSDEM has set up developer rooms (devrooms) with network/internet connectivity and projectors where teams can meet and showcase their projects. Devrooms are a place for teams to discuss, hack and publicly present latest directions, lightning talks, news and discussions. Besides developer rooms, FOSDEM also offers main tracks, lightning talks, certification exams and project stands. Every year, FOSDEM hosts more than 5000 developers at the ULB Solbosch campus. Participation and attendance is totally free, though the organisers gratefully accept donations and sponsorship. No registration necessary.

About the devroom

Since its inception in 2012 the Microkernel devroom has been part of each FOSDEM conference. It has become a sort of an institutionalized tradition since then. To this date over a dozen projects have participated in one way or another, delivering forty talks and other contributions in total. The goal of the Microkernel devroom has been to bring the various projects together and let them share ideas, cross-pollinate and socialize. Each year the devroom is organized by one of the projects based on a system of rotating presidency from the pool of projects that opt in. In 2016 it is HelenOS' turn again.

Social events

It has become a tradition that the microkernel projects dine together somewhere in downtown Brussels after the devroom closes. The year 2016 will not be any different, so there is going to be a microkernel family dinner on Saturday night. The exact location and time will be specified later. Consult the FOSDEM web and other projects for additional social events such as the famous FOSDEM-organized Friday Beer Event and the FOSDEM-arranged free sightseeing tours for spouses.

Important dates

  • 2015-10-23 CfP
  • 2015-12-13 CfP deadline
  • 2015-12-18 Devroom schedule published, speakers notified
  • 2016-01-30 Microkernel devroom takes place
  • 2016-01-30 Microkernel family dinner





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