FW: [Desktop_architects] Foundations of Open Media Software DeveloperMeeting

Bastian, Waldo waldo.bastian at intel.com
Mon Oct 23 19:03:59 BST 2006

>> The first "Foundations of Open Media Software" Developer Meeting will
>> held on the Friday and Saturday before linux.conf.au 2007, one of the
>> world's most respected Linux and Open Source developer conferences.
>> The FOMS meeting is organised by developers for developers, and aims
>> get the right people together to take the next steps in open media
>> Meet and discuss your plans for the next 12 months with other
>> and forge relationships to unwind the kinks, making open media kick
>> more arse.
>Uhm, they seem to have no agenda whatsoever and the deadline is in a
>week.  It's kind of hard to make a case for getting a group of people
>together a long way from everywhere with no better explanation than "to
>get the right people together to take the next steps".

Agenda-wise, from an OSDL perspective I am interested in developments
around multimedia infrastructure usable by independent software vendors
(which translates to standardized and available across distro's and
desktops) as well as ways to bridge in practical terms and in a globally
legal way the seemingly large ideological gap between free software and
support for patented media-formats. 

I would also like to forward this mail from Jeff, that explains his
ideas for the meeting. 


[foms] Desktop Architects meeting format
Jeff Waugh jdub at perkypants.org
Tue Sep 12 01:22:58 UTC 2006

    * Previous message: [foms] meeting on irc
    * Next message: [foms] actions & log from meeting
    * Messages sorted by: [ date ] [ thread ] [ subject ] [ author ]


So I'd like to suggest that on at least one of the days, we use the
Architects meeting format, which was used to great success at the first
in Portland, for a meeting of about 70 people. It really sucked out the
issues, and made them useful for further discussion. I used the same
for the GNOME Mobile and Embedded meeting at GUADEC which worked very

 1. Position Statements

We start with position statements and a 'getting to know you' section at
beginning of the meeting. This introduces everyone and gets the group on
same page. Regular breaks are recommended, as it's not wildly
interactive if
you have a lot of organisations/projects presenting. The position
are done with a standardised four slide deck, respectively:

 * Focus and activity - describe the areas that your organisation is
   focusing and working on. This will put your goals and contributions
   context for other participants.

 * Problem areas - describe problems that your organisation has
   things that are not working or not available. These items will
   to a gap analysis and areas for further discussion.

 * Dependencies - describe the organisations, projects and components
   your organisation depends on. This helps everyone understand the map
   the community.

 * Next steps - suggest concrete goals and objectives that you wish to

It's likely that there will be more organisations than presentation
time, so
some miss out - thus, decks should be contributed ahead of the event so
can print and/or distribute them.

 2. Gap analysis

Blank cards are passed around the room. Everyone writes down the #1
they perceive with uptake/success of FLOSS multimedia. We combine these
the obvious 'problem areas' gleaned from the position statements (as a
of bonus vote in their favour). The cards are passed to the front, and
group sort them into specific issues and classification areas together.

 3. Vote

This need not be formal, but the participants should 'vote' on which
are to be discussed. There are two important vectors: a) importance of
issue, and b) how easily we can fix it. Thus, we get issues we can move
straight away and a concept of (ideally each issue's) overall

 4. Discuss

The meeting splits into discussion groups to tackle the important issues
return to the group with reports of the discussion and strategic plan.

(Sorry, rushed through last three points to get it on the list during
meeting - happy to answer any questions about it if it's unclear.)


- Jeff

linux.conf.au 2007: Sydney, Australia
     "If I can't be near you I would rather be adrift in space." - Neil
                          Finn, Try Whistling This

More information about the kde-multimedia mailing list