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Free Java Meeting

Lets meet in Brussels

The next meeting of the Free/Libre Open Source Software Java developers will take place in Brussels during [http://www.fosdem.org FOSDEM], February 23 and 24 in Brussels, Belgium.

In the past several years there were two main events around libre java for the GNU/Linux platform. The Fosdem "Escape the Java Trap" event organized by the GNU Classpath community, coordinating technical issues around implementing core libraries, compilers, tools and free runtimes. And "DevJam", a GNU/Linux distro packaging conference organized by Debian, but meant as a cross-distribution coordination meeting to set common guidelines for packaging java programs and libraries.

The goals of the Free Java Meeting will be:

  • Clearing OpenJDK encumbrances
  • Increasing Java Ubiquity: working together across projects and platforms
  • Improve the distro packaging guidelines (filesystem layout, packaging inter-dependencies, browser integration, developer guidelines, etc.) used across GNU/Linux distributions for java libraries and programs.

Pointers to previous events









14:00 - 19:00





09:00 - 18:00




Agenda Ideas (preliminary). We've discussed (on IRC) about organizing the talks this year "horizontally" (i.e. by topic area) instead of "vertically" (i.e. by project). Even so there will still be project specific updates. Please add to or elaborate the ideas here. As the details get firmed up we will populate the program above with specific time blocks.

  • Welcome and Overview
  • Project Talks
    • GNU/Classpath
      • State and Future of GNU/Classpath: Mark Wielaard
    • OpenJDK
      • State and Future of OpenJDK: Mark Reinhold
      • OpenJDK Community: Tom Marble
  • Virtual Machine Rumble
    • gcj: Tom Tromey
    • kaffe: Dalibor Topic
    • JamVM
    • CACAO: Christian Thalinger
    • ikvm: Jeroen Frijters
    • HotSpot: Peter Kessler

  • Architectures and Porting
    • x86 and friends (x64, lpia)
    • ppc
    • arm
  • Modularity
  • Packaging
    • Debian, Ubuntu (*.deb): Arnaud Vandyck, Michael Koch, Matthias Klose
    • Fedora, RedHat (*.rpm): Tom Fitzsimmons

    • Gentoo (*.ebuild)
    • Mac OS X?
    • Windows?

Food & Drinks

NOTE: Dinner events TBD

Overview map:


Grand Place area map:


ULB area map:



Beer Event

Dinner (TBD)


Lunch: sandwiches in or around ULB.

Dinner (TBD):



Lunch: sandwiches in or around ULB.

Dinner (TBD):


  • Attention: this is for reference but it's not yet confirmed!

Reimbursements via SPI or FFIS TBD.

Interested Individuals

Add your name here if you are interested in joining. Please include your full name, email address, affiliation, if you need travel sponsoring (and estimated amount) and where you are traveling from. Please do indicate on which days you would be interested in joining dinner. The entries are numbered to make them easier to count.

  1. Who Are You? (Firstname Lastname, maybe a link)
    • Organization
    • Need sponsoring (How much?) (you can remove this line if you don't need)
    • Located in Town, Country (GMap link? ;-))
    • Interested in joining dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (copy only the necessary)
  2. ArnaudVandyck

  3. Mario Torre
  4. TomMarble

    • [http://openjdk.java.net OpenJDK]

    • Sponsoring: not needed
    • Located: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
    • Dinner: yes (who can organize this?)
  5. ?AndrewHughes

    • [http://www.classpath.org/ GNU Classpath] and [http://www.jikesrvm.org JikesRVM] and whatever else takes my fancy ;)

    • Sponsoring: Ideally, think it was about £250 last time
    • Located: Sheffield, UK
    • Dinner: Presumably, I guess I'll need to eat. Haven't weaned myself on to a Free Software diet just yet.
  6. add your name here!

    • Project
    • Sponsoring: cost estimate
    • Located:
    • Dinner: