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FOSDEM - Day 1

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Ahh, today was a lot of fun at FOSDEM 2007 Smiling In the morning, I first went to the talk about software patents, then the One Laptop Per Child talk (really nifty stuff) and then the liberating java one. Then I wandered around a while at the KDE booth waiting for the afternoon talks to start.

At the KDE booth, I was pleased to see that Jonathan Riddell had actually come, despite his claims to the contrary. The Semantic KDE talk by Jos and Stéphane was very interesting and promising.

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