Earlier tonight, on December 7 2009, a friend and me booked our flight tickets for FOSDEM 2010. I am really excited that I am going to attend another open source & free software conference. It has been a while since I had a chance to meet with other BSD people. The last time was in Milan, in EuroBSDCon 2006. It will certainly be tons of fun to meet in person with other free and open source fans, contributors and developers!
Το BEST Πάτρας είναι ένας από τους πιο εντυπωσιακά οργανωμένους πανευρωπαϊκούς συλλόγους φοιτητών. Ο σύλλογος είναι μη κερδοσκοπικός, μη πολιτικός και εθελοντικός οργανισμός με μέλη 64 πανεπιστήμια της Ευρώπης.
Οι δραστηριότητες του συλλόγου έχουν ως στόχο, μεταξύ άλλων, τη γνωριμία και την προώθηση της συνεργασίας μεταξύ των φοιτητών στα Πολυτεχνεία της Ευρώπης, και περιλαμβάνουν ανταλλαγές φοιτητών, σεμινάρια, πολιτιστικές και τεχνολογικές εκδηλώσεις, και πολλά άλλα πράγματα, τα οποία σίγουρα δε με φτάνει ένα blog post να τα γράψω όλα. Continue reading →
The talks at “Technopolis” were amazing. There were people coming and going all the time; I am very glad I saw many of the “usual gang“; the talks about security and wireless networking were quite intriguing; and our own talks seem to have attracted quite a few questions about free software, open source, the way Linux and the BSDs work, and so on. Continue reading →
Everything is ready, so I’m going to leave for Athens to attend the “Athens Digital Week 2008” event tomorrow. Two short presentations have been prepared, and sent to the organizers. I am not sure if we will have a lot of time to present both of them, but we can definitely try.
The topics of the short talks and their accompanying presentation material are:
“The FreeBSD Project”
“The Greek FreeBSD Documentation Team”
What is absolutely amazing though is that two out of three of the current Greek FreeBSD Committer population are going to be there. Manolis is probably too far to reach us in time for the event, but prof. Diomidis Spinellis and me will be there. Yay!
Ed Schouten’s MPSAFE-tty layer is now in the main tree of FreeBSD, but it i only one of the active projects which run in parallel. The excellent news is that the MPSAFE-tty layer brings down by one the count of kernel subsystems that require the big Giant lock for running within the threaded FreeBSD kernel. There are only a few more, i.e. the USB stack. Removing the requirement for Giant from some of the remaining Giant-dependent subsystems is already part of ongoing work. Continue reading →
After a bit of a late session at work on Friday, I managed to get about 3-4 hours of sleep at about 02:00am. At about 06:30 I left Patras, and after an uneventful trip I arrived at the FOSSCOMM room at about 13:30 (travelling by bus is, apparently, not very time-efficient). Continue reading →