I'm often very proud of the work we do in the FSFE but at no time do I feel as strongly about this as I do during the FOSDEM weekend. While the weekend has yet to start, the FSFE teams have taken to Brussels with a range of activities.
For myself, the morning started with a meeting with our colleagues at Openforum Europe followed by what is becoming a joint tradition: a pre-FOSDEM European Software Freedom Policy Meeting. Or just Esfpm as I'd like to call it (Mirko calls it the PFESFPM but I think he's wrong).
#PFESFPM - it is now a thing. A thing of @OpenForumEurope and @fsfe. pic.twitter.com/Cf2a2ZyuTe— Mirko Boehm (@mirkoboehm) February 3, 2017
This year I had the pleasure of moderating this animated group of software freedom and open standards advocates and officials. We had people participating from at least Estonia, Portugal, Greece, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Germany, France and Sweden.
While we were wrapping up the meeting, our booth crew transported large amounts of boxes from our volunteer Maël, unpacked them and setup our exhibition booth at the ULB where FOSDEM is traditionally held. I imagine them being knee deep in "There is no cloud" t-shirts as I headed to the next meeting happening simultaneously: a European Coordinators Meeting.
like the "there is no cloud just other people's computers" new shirt at the @fsfe booth #FOSDEM pic.twitter.com/oQ4ahGkpBP— Erik Albers (@3albers) January 30, 2016
And, to top it off, while all of this was happening, parts of our legal team were at a different workshop and meeting during the day and our system administrator Albert was at the traditional pre-FOSDEM PostgreSQL day.
And tomorrow -- tomorrow! -- is when the real fun starts.