HTML5 at FOSDEM2011 – Oven Fresh Web Tech means Kernel folk

I just returned from my first ever FOSDEM conference in Brussels, Belgium – a hard-core open source conference with more Linux Distros and amazing open source software packages being showcased that I could take in (although this might also be because of the fact that the conference served beer all day).

The free conference attracts a few thousand attendees and you meet people you normally don’t see at the bigger and more expensive conferences. It was a massive pile-up of open innovation and high-tech presentations that didn’t shine by their looks (by a long shot in some cases) but definitely by their content.

Mozilla had a room for the duration and many a great talk lined up so there were never any empty benches. I have to admit that I was wondering if the talk I had planned to give together with Robert Nyman would work with this crowd and was quite surprised to see our room packed to the brim. Due to fire regulations we had to stop allowing people in ten minutes before the talk.

Audience in our HTML5 talk

For all the people who couldn’t attend, here are the slides and the audio recording of “Moving to the client – HTML5 is here”:

[ Editors note: as slideshare is having trouble with their image generator we embedded the flash version for now. You can also download the slides as a PDF if you want to ]

It was a massive success and I hope we encouraged some people to give HTML5 a go!

About Chris Heilmann

Evangelist for HTML5 and open web. Let's fix this!

More articles by Chris Heilmann…


  1. Dries Desmet

    can’t see most of the slides, but can see some. Slide 1 shows, but 2 doesn’t.

    February 7th, 2011 at 14:58

    1. Chris Heilmann

      See the answers above – Slideshare is broken at the moment.

      February 8th, 2011 at 02:36

  2. Chris

    Access-Slides are nice to have..but can’t you use some bigger pictures? ;-) …And..some Pictures are not shown. Example Nr. 58 (using google chrome).

    February 8th, 2011 at 00:13

    1. Chris Heilmann

      There is currently a bug in Slideshare about the larger images – once they fixed that we will change the include here – I have mailed them.

      February 8th, 2011 at 02:35

  3. skierpage

    On Slideshare, slide 38 says “” but clicking the URL always goes to (the same page as the previous slide 37).

    Nice presentation, but how come the slides aren’t in HTML?! I hate Slideshare’s unresponsive “did I click next or not?” control panel and non-existent text handling (no select or copy), and it’s sad that it like so many other sites, forces Flash (a supposed resolution-independent vector format) to either a fixed too-small window or full-screen. To coin a phrase, you should “give HTML5 a go” ;-)

    February 8th, 2011 at 00:53

    1. Chris Heilmann

      Slideshare is currently buggy – I have told them about the issues and they are working on it. And yes, we are working on a full HTML5 slide deck but there are MANY issues with them

      As to the link – that was a copy and paste error by Robert – they happen.

      February 8th, 2011 at 02:34

Comments are closed for this article.