February 24, 2011 posted by Marc Balmer
On the first weekend of february, FOSDEM, the biggest european open source developers gathering, was again held in Brussels, Belgium. With several thousand attendees from all over the world, though most from europe, FOSDEM is one of the highlights of the year.
NetBSD was very well represented with a booth, together with the FreeBSD folks, and a talk covering the recent addition of the Lua programming language to the base system.
Guillaume Lasmayous (gls@), Vera Hardmeier, and myself were almost constantly at the booth selling T-Shirts, CD-ROMs, and other merchandise and using the occasion for marketing NetBSD a bit and having technical discussions with NetBSD users (and prospective users, I hope).
During the BSD devroom I gave a talk "Lua in NetBSD", outlining language details, techniques to incorporate Lua into existing software, and also why Lua in NetBSD makes a lot of sense for certain applications. That talk was very well received and attracted a lot of people.
FOSDEM 2011 was a big success, again!