Fosscomm 2017 [update: slides in English]

FOSSCOMM (Free and Open Source Software Communities Meeting) is a Greek conference aiming at free-software and open-source enthusiasts, developers, and communities. The event is solely organized and ran by volunteers (usually university students, communities, Linux User Groups) and is taking place in a different city every year. The attendance is free and everyone is welcome to make a presentation or a workshop related to free and open source projects.

I always try to attend this meeting when the dates and the place are convenient, as it is a great opportunity to meet old friends and hangout with geek people.

This year’sΒ Fosscomm2017Β (website is in Greek) was held at the Harokopio University of Athens, during the weekend: 4-5th November 2017.

I grabbed the opportunity to go and give a talk aboutΒ Mesa 3D, a project where the Igalia’s graphics team makes several contributions and releases the last 5 years.

My presentation was titled: “Hacking on Mesa 3D” and it was a short introductory talk about the OpenGL implementation, the OpenGL extension system, the GLSL compiler, the drivers and some of the development and debugging processes we use.

Original slides in Greek:


English translation:


Video (in Greek1 because that was the conference language):

To my surprise, my talk wasn’t the only one mentioning Igalia. πŸ™‚ Dimitris Glynos, one of the Co-Founders of Census (and FOSSCOMM sponsor) gave the talk “FOSS is all we got: building a competitive IT skill set in Greece today” and mentioned us among other examples of companies that work successfully on open source projects.

Among the other talks I’ve attended, I particularly liked the “Linux Metrics” workshop by Effie Mouzeli and Giorgos Kargiotakis (during FOSSCOMM day #1), that was aiming to teach users and developers how to use metrics tools to detect performance issues. It was so successful that they’ve been asked to re-run it the following day.

Most of the other presentations and workshops, as well as the schedule, can be found here (for those who can understand greek):Β Β The FOSSCOMM organizers will soon edit the videos and upload them on a channel on YouTube.

this is my post-FOSSCOMM cup collection

I’d like to thank the people who attended the presentation, the FOSSCOMM2017 organization team who did such a great job on preparing and hosting the event and of course Igalia that is giving me the opportunity to work on cool graphics stuff.

See you at FOSSCOMM 2018! πŸ˜‰

[1]: Subtitles coming soon.

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