FOSDEM 2018 - Distributions Devroom Call for Participation

The Distributions devroom will take place Sunday 4 February 2018 at FOSDEM, in Brussels, Belgium at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

For this year’s distributions devroom, we want to focus on the ways that distribution technologies can be leveraged to allow for easier creation of a multi-verse of artifacts from single source trees. We also want to continue to highlight the huge efforts being made in shared environments around Build/Test/Release cycles.

We welcome submissions targeted at contributors interested in issues unique to distributions, especially in the following topics:

  • Distribution and Community collaborations, eg: how does code flow from developers to end users across communities, ensuring trust and code audibility

  • Automating building software for redistribution to minimize human involvement, eg: bots that branch and build software, bots that participate as team members extending human involvement

  • Cross-distribution collaboration on common issues, eg: content distribution, infrastructure, and documentation

  • Growing distribution communities, eg: onboarding new users, helping new contributors learn community values and technology, increasing contributor technical skills, recognizing and rewarding contribution

  • Principals of Rolling Releases, Long Term Supported Releases (LTS), Feature gated releases, and calendar releases

  • Distribution construction, installation, deployment, packaging and content management

  • Balancing new code and active upstreams verus security updates, back porting and minimization of user breaking changes

  • Delivering architecture independent software universally across architectures within the confines of distribution systems

  • Effectively communicating the difference in experience across architectures for developers, packagers, and users

  • Working with vendors and including them in the community

  • The future of distributions, emerging trends and evolving user demands from the idea of a platform

Ideal submissions are actionable and opinionated. Submissions may be in the form of 25 or 50 minute talks, panel sessions, round-table discussions, or Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions.


Submission Deadline: 03-Dec-2017 @ 2359 GMT Acceptance Notification: 8-Dec-2017 Final Schedule Posted: 15-Dec-2017

How to submit


1.) If you do not have an account, create one here 2.) Click ‘Create Event’ 3.) Enter your presentation details 4.) Be sure to select the Distributions Devroom track! 5.) Submit

What to include

  • The title of your submission
  • A 1-paragraph Abstract
  • A longer description including the benefit of your talk to your target audience, including a definition of your target audience.
  • Approximate length / type of submission (talk, BoF, …)
  • Links to related websites/blogs/talk material (if any)

Administrative Notes

We will be live-streaming and recording the Distributions Devroom. Presenting at FOSDEM implies permission to record your session and distribute the recording afterwards. All videos will be made available under the standard FOSDEM content license (CC-BY).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the devroom organizers: [email protected] (


Brian Exelbierd (twitter: @bexelbie) and Brian Stinson (twitter: @bstinsonmhk) for and on behalf of The Distributions Devroom Program Committee