List of free-software events

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The following is a list of computer conferences and other events focused on the development and usage of free and open-source software (FOSS).

General free-software events

Some events with "Linux" in their name are in fact general-purpose free-software events, often because they began as Linux-only events before broadening their focus.

North, Central and South America

  • Fórum Internacional Software Livre (FISL) - International Free Software Forum, held each year in Porto Alegre, Brazil (7000+ participants)
  • Free Software and Open Source Symposium (FSOSS), held at Seneca College, Toronto each October since 2001
  • Linuxfest Northwest, held in Bellingham, Washington in the spring since 2000
  • O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), held each summer in the US since 1999
  • Ohio LinuxFest, held annually in Ohio since 2003
  • SouthEast LinuxFest, held annually in June since 2009.[1]
  • Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), held in Los Angeles each year since 2002.
  • FLISOL - Latin American free software install fest held each year in all Latin America the same day, on the last Sunday of April
  • LibrePlanet - Organized annually by the Free Software Foundation in or around Boston, Massachusetts since 2006[2]
  • Spinnaker Summit - Organized annually by the Spinnaker Open Source Community in or around San Diego, CA since 2017
  • Seattle GNU/Linux conference (SeaGL), held each fall in Seattle since 2013


  • Berlin Buzzwords, held annually in June in Berlin, Germany, since 2010[3]
  •, held annually in Brno, Czech Republic since 2009
  • FOSS Backstage, held annually in February in Berlin, Germany, since 2018[4]
  • Fosscomm, held annually in a different Greek city since 2008
  • FOSDEM, held in Brussels, Belgium every February since 2001
  • FrOSCon, held in Sankt Augustin (near Bonn), Germany since 2006
  • Chemnitz Linux Days, held in Chemnitz, Germany since 1999
  • FSCONS, held every autumn in Gothenburg, Sweden since 2007
  • Libre Software Meeting, French name "Rencontres mondiales du logiciel libre", held every July in France or surrounding countries since 2000.
  • Linux Bier Wanderung, informal event held in a different European country every summer since 1999
  • Linux Vacation / Eastern Europe, held in Belarus every summer since 2005
  • OggCamp, a BarCamp-style conference held annually in the United Kingdom since 2009
  • Open Source Day, conference held annually in Warsaw, Poland since 2008
  • openSUSE Conference is held annually at a location in Europe since 2010.

Asia and Australia

  • COSCUP, held annually in Taiwan since 2006
  •, held in Australia or New Zealand in the (Southern Hemisphere) summer since 1999
  • FOSSASIA Summit, held annually since 2009, normally in the Singapore hub.
  • openSUSE Asia Summit is held annually at a location in Asia since 2014.

Middle East

  • August Penguin, held annually in Israel since 2004
  • ÖzgürKon, online conference that is firstly held in 2020.



  • Open Source Summit, known before 2017 as "LinuxCon", held several times each year in various continents since 2009
  • Software Freedom Day, international observance since 2004
  • FOSS4G, Free and Open Source Software for GeoSpatial, since 2006. Held once a year in various continents. Organized by OSGeo.[5]


  • Africa Source, held in 2004 and 2006
  • Asia Source, held in 2005, 2007 and 2009
  • FOSSAP, held in 2004 and 2005
  • FOSS.IN, first known as "Linux Bangalore", held from 2001 to 2012[citation needed]
  • GOSCON, held annually in the United States from 2005 to 2011
  • Ontario Linux Fest, held in Toronto, Ontario in the autumn from 2007 to 2009
  • Open Source Developers' Conference (OSDC), held annually in various countries from 2004 to 2015[citation needed]
  • Solutions Linux [fr], a trade show and conference with 10,000 visitors held every year in Paris from 1999 to 2014[6]
  • LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, briefly also known as "OpenSource World", from 1998 to 2009[citation needed]
  • Wizards of OS, held in Berlin every two years from 1999 to 2006
  • LinuxTag, held in Germany every summer since 1996

Events for specific free software

Operating systems

  • DebConf - conference for the Debian operating system, held annually since 2000
  • Linux Kernel Developers Summit, annual conference since 2001
  • ROSCon, annual conference about ROS since 2012[7]

Programming languages

  • PyCon – conference for the Python programming language, held several times a year in different locations since 2003
  • RubyConf – conference for the Ruby programming language, held once a year in different locations since 2002
  • Yet Another Perl Conference – conference for the Perl programming language, held several times a year since 1999
  • ZendCon & OpenEnterprise – PHP and open source conference[8][9]


  • Akademy - conference for the KDE desktop environment, held annually in Europe since 1997
  • ApacheCon - conference for the Apache HTTP Server, held once or twice each year since 2000
  • DjangoCon - conference for the Django web framework, held twice a year (once in Europe and once in the U.S.) since 2008
  • DrupalCon - conference for the Drupal content management framework, held twice a year (once in Europe and once in North America) since 2007
  • GNOME Users And Developers European Conference – conference for the GNOME desktop environment, held annually in Europe since 2000
  • Joomla World Conference - event for the Joomla content management system, held frequently around the world since 2011
  • Libre Graphics Meeting, held each year in May in Europe or Canada since 2006
  • WordCamp - event for the WordPress content management system, held frequently around the world since 2007
  • X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC) and X Developers' Summit (XDS), annual events since 2005 organized by X.Org Foundation


  • BeGeistert - conference for the Haiku operating system, held annually in Europe from 2006 to 2016(originally a BeOS conference, from 1998 to 2005)
  • Desktop Developers' Conference, held from 2004 to 2006[citation needed]
  • Desktop Linux Summit, held in San Diego, California from 2003 to 2006
  • GCC Summit, held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from 2003 to 2010[citation needed]
  • Gelato ICE, held each year in the US or Italy by the Gelato Federation from 2001 to 2007[citation needed]
  • Linux Kongress, held in Germany in the autumn from 1994 to 2010
  • Linux Symposium, held in Canada in the summer from 1999 to 2014
  • Ubuntu Developer Summit, held twice a year (timed with respect to Ubuntu releases), alternating between Europe and North America, from 2004 to 2015


  1. ^ LinuxFest to highlight open-source software, June 12, 2009
  2. ^ "Feeling generous? Open source software community gives shelter to code". JAXenter. 2018-11-23. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
  3. ^ "Konferenz zu hochskalierbarer Software". heise online (in German). Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  4. ^ "Die erste FOSS Backstage | newthinking". Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  5. ^ FOSS4G
  6. ^ Impressions du Salon Solutions Linux 2010
  7. ^ Ackerman, Evan (8 November 2011). "ROS Turns Four, Schedules Conference/Party for 2012". IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  8. ^ ZendCon & OpenEnterprise PHP Conference
  9. ^ Cloud computing underwhelms PHP developers

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Edited: 2021-06-18 15:09:28