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Ada in Debian and Other Distributions -
CrossDistro DevRoom at the Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM'2011)


A video recording and the slides are now available online.

From: Dirk Craeynest <Dirk.Craeynest@cs.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Ada at FOSDEM 2011 - video and slides available
To: ada-belgium@cs.kuleuven.be
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 22:56:02 +0100 (CET)
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2011 09:51:48 +0100 (CET) (update)

On Sunday February 6 at FOSDEM 2011, Ludovic Brenta and Miguel Telleria de Esteban gave a 1.5-hour talk about Ada. The video is online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3HvUH4fJPM&p=AC607424229CFC1A.

The slides for both parts of the talk are available here:

The Debian package for MAST has been uploaded as well. MAST is a schedulability and time-completion analysis tool for real-time systems, developed at the CTR-lab of the University of Cantabria, Spain.

Enjoy!

The FOSDEM Team of Ada-Belgium


Ada in Debian and Other Distributions -
CrossDistro DevRoom at the Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM'2011)


From: Dirk Craeynest <Dirk.Craeynest@cs.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Ada at FOSDEM 2011
To: ada-belgium@cs.kuleuven.be
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 23:08:39 +0100 (CET)

Ada-Belgium is pleased to announce that, after all, there will be some Ada at the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM 2011) on 5-6 February 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

As our proposal for another dedicated Ada DevRoom didn't make it this year (see below), two of "our" speakers submitted a joint presentation for the CrossDistro DevRoom, which was accepted. Their talk, entitled "Ada in Debian and Other Distributions", got a 1.5 hour time slot on Sunday morning, 6 Feb 2011, in this large DevRoom with a capacity for 200 participants.

More information follows; some of it was extracted from the FOSDEM 2011 site at http://www.fosdem.org/2011/schedule/event/distro_ada.

The FOSDEM Team of Ada-Belgium

Schedule

Day          Sunday   |   Room       H.1302
Start time   09:00    |   Capacity   200
End time     10:30    |   Track      CrossDistro devroom
Duration     01:30

Presentation

Speakers


Proposal for Ada Developer Room once more NOT accepted -
Ada at the Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM'2011)


From: Dirk Craeynest <Dirk.Craeynest@cs.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Again NO Ada at FOSDEM (was: Call for speakers for Ada at FOSDEM 2011)
To: ada-belgium@cs.kuleuven.be
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 23:42:10 +0200 (MEST)

[...]

This is a short status report on what has happened since we posted the
appended Call for Speakers earlier this month.

Based on the feedback we received, we prepared a detailed proposal for
an Ada Developer Room during both days of FOSDEM 2011 next February.

Our proposal, including the full list of presentations and speakers,
is available on the Ada at FOSDEM 2011 web-page at
http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/events/11/110205-fosdem.html

Unfortunately, earlier today Valentine wrote to the AdaFOSDEM mailing
list:

  "Hi all 
   bad news ... 
   they did not send a mail to say our request was rejected....
   but as far as i can read ... 
   :/ 
   http://www.fosdem.org/2011/news/accepted-devrooms"

The list of accepted DevRooms does not include Ada, so after very
successful and well attended Ada DevRooms in 2006 and 2009, we once
more didn't make it for 2011.

Thanks again, everybody involved with the proposal this year.

Maybe we should reconsider and start looking for another event than
FOSDEM for next year...

Valentine, Ludovic, Dirk
The FOSDEM Team of Ada-Belgium

[ Quoted from a later message sent by the FOSDEM organizer's: -- dc ]

Unfortunately the Ada devroom proposal was not selected.

You might have discovered this indirectly already, we are very sorry 
for that. Something went wrong in the sending of the decline-mails, we 
did not wish for this to happen in this way.

You submitted a very strong proposal this year, and it was one of the 
hardest to decide on, taking most discussions of all.

We understand you might be disappointed and upset, for example when 
looking at some of the proposals that did get accepted.
However, deciding on the devrooms is more than just selecting which 
projects to accept. We have a number of rooms available of sizes 
ranging from 31 to 200 seats, with everything in between. Accepting 
devrooms is also deciding in which rooms to put them, for example every 
year there is only one project that we can actually put in the 31 seat 
room.
Ada has successfully organized devrooms at FOSDEM before, with great 
interest from our visitors. This means that Ada was competing for the 
mid-to-larger rooms available.

This year we received a great number of collaborative proposals that 
are not centered around one project, but around a topic such as 
accessibility, open source telephony, virtualisation etc. While keeping 
our established rooms like embedded, crossdistro and crossdesktop, we 
wanted to give these new concepts a chance, which meant that there was 
no sufficiently sized room available for the Ada proposal.

We hope you can understand our reasoning and wish you all the best,
On behalf of the FOSDEM devroom team,

[ End of quote ]

----- Forwarded message from Ludovic Brenta -----

From: Ludovic Brenta <ludovic@ludovic-brenta.org>
Newsgroups: comp.lang.ada
Subject: Call for speakers for Ada at FOSDEM 2011; deadline on 2010-10-16!
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 02:28:49 -0700 (PDT)

[ 35 lines deleted; see original version below -- dc ]

Proposal for Developer Room -
Ada at the Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM'2011)


Ada-Belgium made a proposal for a Developer Room to hold presentations on Ada and related technologies at the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM 2011) on 5-6 February 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

In addition to the PDF version referred to above, the full proposal we sent to the FOSDEM organizers is also included below.

The FOSDEM Team of Ada-Belgium


Request for an
Ada Developer Room
at
FOSDEM 2011
Free and Open-Source Software Developers' European Meeting
5-6 February 2011

[Ada coin]


Executive Summary

Introduction

Ada-Belgium requests a Developer Room to hold presentations on related projects and tools.

As we really enjoyed the 2-full-day Ada DevRoom at FOSDEM 2009 and as we had no opportunity to participate to FOSDEM 2010, we submit a new Developer Room Request for FOSDEM 2011.

Some of the good news in the Ada world today, is given by the TIOBE Programming Community Index. This language gained in importance in 2010, as it saw its rank jumping from 29th to 17th. On the open source Transparent Language Popularity Index, Ada even reaches the 11th place in the category of general-purpose and compiled languages.

Our application is once again a collaborative project, mixing nationalities of speakers, offering a general overview of the uses of Ada and giving a place to very various topics. Moreover, during the lunch break on Sunday after the presentation on GtkAda programming, we plan to organize a one-hour workshop to let participants have some hands-on experience.

The 11 talks we are presenting in these pages, and the workshop, would be enough to fill a DevRoom for the entire duration of the FOSDEM event (i.e. Saturday 5th from 14:00 to 19:00 and Sunday 6th from 10:00 to 17:00).

http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_(programming_language)
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Ada_Programming
http://www.adaic.com
http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/events/09/090207-fosdem.html
http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/events/06/060226-fosdem.html

Preliminary Schedule

Saturday

14:00-15:00  Jean-Pierre Rosen      An Introduction to Ada 2005 and Ada 2012
15:00-16:00  Jean-Pierre Rosen      High Reliability Programming: When Failure Is Not an Option
16:00-17:00  Thomas Quinot          Couverture: Next Generation Coverage Analysis for Safety-Critical Applications
17:00-18:00  Thomas Quinot          Programming LEGO MINDSTORMS Robots in Ada (+ live demo)
18:00-19:00  engineer from AdaCore  SPARK: Free Language and Toolset for High-Assurance Software

Sunday

10:00-11:00  Jacob Sparre Andersen  POSIX in Ada
11:00-12:00  Ludovic Brenta         30 Years of Multicore Programming with Ada
12:00-13:00  Miguel Telleria        GtkAda programming - Live Performance
13:00-14:00  lunch break            hands-on GtkAda programming
14:00-15:00  Ludovic Brenta         Ada in Debian
15:00-16:00  Miguel Telleria        Ada Debian packaging - Live Performance
16:00-17:00  Xavier Grave           Lovelace: an Ada OS

Backup Presentation

             David Sauvage          Ada on Rails

Presentations

Speakers


Call for Speakers -
Ada at the Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM'2011)


From: Ludovic Brenta <ludovic@ludovic-brenta.org>
Newsgroups: comp.lang.ada
Subject: Call for speakers for Ada at FOSDEM 2011; deadline on 2010-10-16!
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 02:28:49 -0700 (PDT)

The next FOSDEM[1], the Free and Open-Source European Developers'
Meeting, will take place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February 2011 in
Brussels, Belgium.  The event is entirely free; speakers and attendees
alike are unpaid but enthusiastic volunteers.  The audience consists
mostly of fellow developers.  FOSDEM is one of the major events giving
visibility to worthy projects and languages.  Ada-Belgium organized two
very successful series of presentations at FOSDEM 2006[2] and FOSDEM
2009[3], earning a good reputation for reliability and quality, and is
now seeking speakers for FOSDEM 2011.  Two speakers have already
volunteered.

[1] http://www.fosdem.org
[2] http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/events/06/060226-fosdem.html
[3] http://www.cs.kuleuven.be/~dirk/ada-belgium/events/09/090207-fosdem.html

For several years now, Ada-Belgium has been running a dedicated
mailing list for the coordination of Ada at FOSDEM [4].  If you would
like to be a speaker or just attend the event, please subscribe to
this mailing list and peruse the archives; traffic is low and the
signal-to-noise ratio is extremely high :) We can discuss
accommodation and catering issues as well as technical ones on this
list.  A proposal should consist of a 10-line summary of the
presentation, a 10-line biography of the speaker and an optional small
picture (in JPEG or PNG) of the speaker.

The deadline for the submission of proposals for a Developers' Room at
FOSDEM is ten (10) days from now on October 16, 2010 [5].  If you
would like to be a speaker, please react now on the adafosdem list so
we can arrange for a joint proposal for all Adaists.

[4] http://listserv.cc.kuleuven.be/archives/adafosdem.html
[5] http://www.fosdem.org/2011/call_for_mainspeakers_devrooms

--
Ludovic Brenta.

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Dirk Craeynest