I had the privilege of attending and speaking at FOSDEM this past weekend on our plans to help web developer extend the Firefox Developer Tools:
It's now Time for @canuckistani to speak about the essential developer tools! Cc @mozilla #fosdem pic.twitter.com/hR1I8eMdRm— Mozilla FR (@mozilla_fr) February 1, 2014
( the slides are here, and I'll post again when the video is available )
If you've never been, FOSDEM is a pretty unusual conference - it's free for attendees, hosted at ULB university in Brussels, and seems to be the heart and soul ( or at least the key annual event and social event ) for the FOSS community in Europe. Since attending my first FOSDEM in 2012 I've had this deep impression that FOSS communities are distinctly different in Europe than elsewhere, and this was reconfirmed this year.
Another strong trend that I noticed had an even larger impact this year was the huge array of talks and projects around FOSS and open / embedded hardware. It's really incredible to see the diversity of activity new low-power devices running an open source stack - there was an entire devroom dedicated to the 'internet of things'.
I really like how squarely Firefox OS is placed between these two trends - people want ot write mobile html5 apps, and people want to embed software in all manner of devices. Mozilla is ( quite rightly ) very focused on shipping for phones right now, but we're starting to see the types of experiments with other devices that I think is inevitable:
- Gigaom: "Firefox may beat Google to a web-based slate: Hello, Firefox OS tablet"
- "APC runs the Firefox OS, built for keyboard and mouse input."
- " Mozilla partners with Panasonic to bring Firefox OS to the TV"
This is the great side-effect of working in the open as we do - people don't need to ask us permission to do these things, they just fork a github repo and get started.