[Mesa-dev] X/Graphics DevRoom at FOSDEM 2012? (4-5 February)

Alon Levy alevy at redhat.com
Tue Sep 20 02:18:15 PDT 2011

On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 10:49:33PM +0200, Luc Verhaegen wrote:
> (after my short talk here at XDC chicago, let's get this out to 
> everyone)
> It's time again to start planning for the next FOSDEM. After our poor 
> showing in 2010 (where in the end openmoko got given half our time, as 
> we had not managed to schedule more than 3 talks 2 weeks before the 
> event), I didn't bother organising this for 2011. And this year I am 
> putting down some hard requirements before I go and talk to the FOSDEM 
> organizers.
> So... FOSDEM. Not that it needs more introduction... One weekend in 
> February, 5000+ geeks on a university campus in Brussels (not that 
> anyone knows exact numbers). 3 main rooms, Tons of DevRooms, 20 or so 
> talks in parallel, project specific booths. The biggest, and most open 
> free software event of Europe, probably of the world.
> We have had 5 DevRooms in a row there, and even when we had a 150 seat 
> room (2008), we were almost at full capacity all the time, and at times 
> had to refuse entrance to people (for safety reasons). In 2010, when 
> quite a few people had to be refused, we received remarks along the 
> lines of: "Why doesn't a project like X have a bigger room?" "This is 
> the only real opportunity we get to interact with the developers 
> directly"
> So... After our terrible showing in 2010, i now need more to convince 
> the FOSDEM organizers that we are worth of a DevRoom, that we can 
> deliver. So, with a deadline of oktober 1st, i am now asking for 6 
> people (basically fill up saturday afternoon) to step up and promise to 
> hold a talk at FOSDEM, even when their employers end up not paying for 
> their expenses, even when there is some other conference that might turn 
> up in the next 5.5 months.
> Of course, these talks should not be just X, anything related to free 
> software and graphics goes. For example: one of the really cool talks a 
> few years ago was about a PCI card with an FPGA which did VGA.
> So. Get me something that i can take to the FOSDEM organizers and state 
> "This time, we will fill our scheduly properly", and we will have 
> another marvellous FOSDEM in February.

I'd like to talk about Xspice, and about plans for 3d support in spice.

Spice is currently limited to qemu virtual machines, Xspice is a Xvnc like
server using spice. The architecture is different in that it just implements
a few drivers (which link with the spice server library) and uses Xorg binary
without any changes. I can talk about the difficulties in doing that (X's
select loop, too many apis for input events)

3D support - it's currently being designed. Nothing to show code/demo wise. But I
hope to have a design to present by February, and would like to talk about it.

> Luc Verhaegen.
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