Maybe you wonder about numbers related this event ... I only can say they are really impressive. You may think about 5000 visitors enjoying for two days of keynotes, speeches and lightning talks covering many FOSS projects. It is a demanding but really gratifying event!
This year I came back to Brussels in order to track some old projects and having a look in emergent and innovative ideas. FOSDEM is always a good place to take the community's pulse and this year was not an exception.
Having the opportunity to attend, I dropped by several rooms targeting different stuff and I think I must mention it, it is a constant, I always get the same feeling with the BSD community: a simple, powerful and "business independent" community. It is always a pleasure attending this kind of rooms where BSD topics are discussed and evolved.
Other main topic in FOSDEM was BBDD replication in production environments and how it got mainstream in different projects. New Oracle strategy and how it impacted old Sun's assets fluttered around :)
NoSQL movement had also a very important presence there with several reference implementations deployed in well-known software giants such as Google or Amazon. It is becoming a key piece in distributed and scalable systems.
Java's future was hot topic too. Inside and outside of official rooms.
At the end, I enjoyed several interesting talks regarding the Linux Kernel. Jonathan Corbet delighted us with a really honest talk about the current challenges and how community should face them to avoid unwanted past events in the Linux Kernel.
As usual, I suppose videos and material will be available soon at fosdem.org
Checking my previous assumption I realized about this video called "fosdem 2k11 - A film about FOSDEM, the Free and Open Source Developers' European Meeting".
Cisco volunteers' work was great too. Network and uplink worked like a charm.