Opening talk at Fosdem 2012. BruxellesFosdem 2012

On the 4th and 5th February, I attended FOSDEM'12. Very exciting and inspiring!! My expectations were not disregarded :)

I was aware that over the years, FOSDEM became a large community event, but I honestly did not expect such a wide audience. Amazing.

As a more substantial consideration, since my research interests rest on how end-users (the non-technical or non-geeky users as some speakers referred to :) ) participation to FOSS project influences the software continuous design, I was very pleased and interested in realizing the the topics of why, and how end-users should/could be more integrated in FOSS projects entered inside the broader community culture. I'm not saying that I expected these topics to be absent (for instance, they were discussed already in this conference), however, I did not expect them to be so central in many talks.

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