By hosting a series of tightly focused developer-to-developer (D2D) events, the FOSDEM will facilitate communication and cooperation between Free and Open Source software developers working in key technology areas. FOSDEM 's first Free and Open Source Software Developers European Meeting, held in February 2001, was a huge success. More than 1.000 developers made the trip to Brussels to attend this two-day event.
For the second edition, the FOSDEM will feature speakers representing some of the leading Free Software and Open Source projects and developers, including, Richard Stallman, Miguel De Icaza, Richard Dale from KDE, Richard Moore on DProbes, Vincent Rijmen on Rijdael algorithm,
"Most free software developers are focused on their specific projects. Meeting the developers of other free programs is a great opportunity to get new ideas" said Richard Stallman
FOSDEM 's goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers and communities a place to go over the lastest developments in the Free and Open Source arena and to promote the development and the benefits of Free and Open Source solutions.