Re: FOSDEM 2014 Desktops DevRoom Call for Talks

Hi there,

I work at Mozilla on the graphics team, and in particular on the compositing part of Gecko.
There could be some interesting discussions about how the graphics stack in desktop environments is evolving, versus how the graphics in web rendering engines are evolving, so I am thinking of giving a talk showing an overview of how current web rendering engines work, from the DOM to pixels on the screen (at the high levels, Gecko and WebKit are pretty similar, I could talk a bit about Servo too). The area where I am most comfortable going into details is the compositing, which may be interesting since there is a lot of stuff going on around Wayland on the Gnome/KDE side.
If you guys are interested in this topic I'd love to do that in the desktop devroom, since it's probably the place where it could initiate the most interesting discussions.
The web platform is probably not (yet) something that belongs to the desktop environment family but it's going in this direction and has very similar technical challenges.

Please let me know what you think, and do let me know if you think this is not appropriate for the DE devroom.


Nicolas Silva

On Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 9:59 AM, Christophe Fergeau <cfergeau gmail com> wrote:

As usual, it's time to submit your talk proposal for FOSDEM


FOSDEM is one of the largest gatherings of Free Software contributors
in the world and happens each February in Brussels (Belgium). One of
the tracks will be the Desktops DevRoom (formerly known as
"CrossDesktop DevRoom"), which will host Desktop-related talks.

We are now inviting proposals for talks about Free/Libre/Open-source
Software on the topics of Desktop development, Desktop applications
and interoperability amongst Desktop Environments. This is a unique
opportunity to show novel ideas and developments to a wide technical

Topics accepted include, but are not limited to: Enlightenment, Gnome,
KDE, Unity, XFCE/Razor, Windows, Mac OS X, general desktop matters,
applications that enhance desktops and web (when related to desktop).

Talks can be very specific, such as developing mobile applications
with Qt Quick; or as general as predictions for the fusion of Desktop
and web in 5 years time. Topics that are of interest to the users and
developers of all desktop environments are especially welcome. The
FOSDEM 2013 schedule might give you some inspiration:

Please include the following information when submitting a proposal:

Your name
The title of your talk (please be descriptive, as titles will be
listed with around 250 from other projects)
Short abstract of one or two paragraphs
Short bio (with photo)
Requested time: from 15 to 45 minutes. Normal duration is 30 minutes.
Longer duration requests must be properly justified. You may be
assigned LESS time than you request.

The deadline for submissions is December 14th 2013. FOSDEM will be
held on the weekend of 1-2 February 2014. Please use the following
website to submit your proposals:

You can also join the devroom's mailing list, which is the official
communication channel for the DevRoom:
desktops-devroom lists fosdem org (subscription page for the mailing
list: )

– The Desktops DevRoom 2014 Organization Team

desktop-devel-list mailing list
desktop-devel-list gnome org

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