The next GNU Classpath and Friends meeting will be during Fosdem 2006 in Brussels, Belgium, on Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 of February.
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus du Solbosch, Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 50, B-1050 Bruxelles. See http://www.fosdem.org/2006/index/practical for maps, transportation and hotels.
The full schedule of speakers with talk abstracts can be found at http://www.fosdem.org/2006/index/dev_room_classpath/schedule
* Saturday Feb 25th 2006
15:10 - 15:50: Using Eclipse for GNU Classpath development, Tom Tromey, GCJ hacker
- 16:00 - 17:30: Show your App/Hack your App! Open Session
* Sunday Feb 26th 2006
11:10 - 11:50: The JamVM runtime, Robert Lougher, JamVM Designer. Slides: JamVM-FOSDEM2006.pdf
12:10 - 12:50: Integrating Vmgen-based interpreters, Christian Thalinger, CACAO Hacker, slides: fosdem2006-vmgen.pdf
14:00 - 17:30: "The Future" - State of the world, beyond japi, Mark Wielaard, GNU Classpath Maintainer - Open Session
We are in the GNU Classpath & Friends room AW1.120. There will be wireless internet, but no wired. Please bring an ethernet cable and a hub if you want wired access.
Show your App/Hack your App -- Open showcase and hacking session
This will take place on Saturday from 16:00 till 17:30 and is open for everybody wanting to show their applications working on a free stack and for those people wanting to help out getting more applications to work out of the box. Some lists of applications to get working:
Please add to this list if you want to show an App or hack together on an App.
The Future -- Open Technical Planning Session
This will take place on Sunday from 14:00 till 17:30.
After a short overview of the various free stacks, libraries, compilers, tools and runtimes this session is mostly open discussion about what work remains to be done and how to integrate the various efforts better. Ideas for work items welcome.
- Who is working on what? Quick round where everybody tells what their personal, group, organization/company work items are for the immediate and long term future/next year.
- Deployment: distribution and packaging for GNU/Linux distros. Fedora just went through a round of, what looked from the outside a bit painful, process of deploying lots of new packages based on GNU Classpath and gcj for FC5. Debian is currently adding a lot of packages (moving from contrib to main). Since both Debian and Fedora hackers are attending it would be good to exchange success and failure stories. Where can we as "upstream" help making deployment easier?
VM integration and interfacing. There have been a couple of additions and changes this year (net/socket, instrumentation) and cleanups like the VMStackWalker. Also kaffe has moved much more closer to using GNU Classpath out of the box. But both gcj and kaffe still maintain divergences. We will go over the vm integration guide and quickly discuss whether all interfaces are good enough, make sense or can be improved.
- Priority list for new development over the next 6 months to 1 year
It would be nice to have a place to meet each other and/or eat together on Saturday night (or before the conference on Friday night, or after on Sunday night). If you know Brussels please make a suggestion here.
Friday night meeting
A La Mort Subite - 7 rue Montagne aux Herbes Potageres http://www.alamortsubite.com (starting at 18:00 till late!)
Strongly recommended by importers, but also recommended in Fodor's "25 Best" for Brussels. They brew several of their own beers and have several trappist, abbey, and other Belgian beers on tap and in the bottle. Their website mentions that they serve sandwiches and omelets, but does not list a menu. Almost equidistant from Gare Centrale and DeBrouckere metro stops.
A La Mort Subite is a great place. It also has the advantage of being pretty big. If it doesn't work out there we can always make our way to the cafe next to T'Kelderke on the Grand Place -- it has lots of room upstairs.
Please add your name here if you are planning to come:
Mark Wielaard, staying in Hampshire Inn from Friday till Sunday, contact: +31-6-51877169
Christian Thalinger, staying in IBIS from Friday till Sunday, contact: +43-650-2894784
Dalibor Topic, staying in CHAB from Friday till Sunday. contact: +49-177-2664-192
Michael Koch, staying in CHAB from Friday till Sunday. contact: +49-171-4967100
Roman Kennke, staying in CHAB from Saturday till Sunday. contact: per telepathy (no mobile, sorry)
Wolfgang Baer, staying in CHAB from Friday till Sunday. contact: +49-162-7344592
Andrew Haley +44 7776 208373