International conference of developers
and users of free / open source software

History

LVEE 2005 – for the first time

The first meeting known as Linux Vacation/Eastern Europe, organized by Linux users group of Minsk and SaM Solutions company, took place in the environs of Grodno city. It gathered more than 80 developers, innovators and users of Linux and other free software from Belarus, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.

A two-day conference held in the LVEE meeting was on a wide spectrum of topics, varying from the problems of applying and legal issues of free software to concrete technical aspects, such as home media centers, Linux-clustering and terminal networks, graphical user interface design, and so on.

LVEE 2005

LVEE 2006 – impossible done

The conference set the fashion of the whole communication on a meeting, while the most interesting topics were moved out of the conference-hall, and even the evening shashlik was accompanied with talks about network protocols and software development systems.

If speaking about reports, gained the most interest from the audience, one should mention the speech about the Internet access tarification system of MGTS by Eugen Kozhuhovski, the report about using the PHP5+SOAP combination in commercial projects by Iliya Martynov, and the report on a developed automatic system for building and support of specialized Linux distributions by Vitali Hil’ko from SaM Solutions. The last one was stated by the audience as the best report of the year in the after-all voting.

Lively conversations were also caused by speech on non-free Sun Studio 11 integrated development environment and continuation of the past-year report of the Mozilla team on XUL rapid application development platform for graphic interfaces, while the question of promoting free software to users, mass media and commercial structures formed two round tables and one report.

LVEE 2007 – results

(June 14 – 17, Grodno)

As it was in previous years, the program of the meeting included the international conference related to different topics concerning free software. The conference program included two round tables, one on the topic of open source in education, and the other one about job market of free software specialists.

Reports covered very different areas – from legal peculiarities of free licenses to administrating complex corporative network infrastructures. Special attention was also paid to contemporary programming systems and collective development technologies.

A prize for the most interesting report was presented by the audience to the seminar on Agile development by Daniel Nad’ from Hungary.

Proceedings were published on a web site, and also the special edition of the “Setevye Resheniya” (Network Solutions) magazine with abstracts, articles, interviews and some additional information regarding LVEE had been published by the beginning of the conference.

LVEE 2007

LVEE 2008 – the conference proceeded

(June 26 – 29, Grodno)

This time IT companies were active as never participating in a conference. Sponsor’s support was done by SaM Solutions, EPAM Systems, Alatys, Promwad, BLRSoft and Onliner companies. State institutions have also increased their interest to free / open source software. List of such organizations, sent their representatives to the conference included Information Technical Protection Research Institute, Ministry of Defense of Belarus, Belarusbank.

Conference presentations were thematically divided into sections, such as free / open source software usage in education, development and administrating on open platforms, development of embedded solutions based on GNU/Linux, perspective technologies of web-programming.

Firstly in Linux Vacation / Eastern Europe history there was a separate round table for arrangements, devoted to Debian project (a world largest GNU/Linux distribution, been developed by volunteers community).

LVEE 2008

LVEE 2009 – mission complete

(July 02 – 05, Grodno)

About 150 users and developers of free software from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, and Finland took part in the meeting.

This year the conference participants introduced a record number of presentations – about 30. Presentations covered a wide range of topics – from usage of free software in medicine, journalism and business to instruments of administration of software development, possibilities of virtualization technologies, specifics of development of software for portable devices. Also within the limits of the conference there was the round table “Usability and Open Source” carried out for the first time. And the Zyxel company presented a line of its devices with Linux firmware.

By decision of the audience the best presentation is the one by Maksim Litnitski (Moscow, Russian Federation) about free telecommunication platform Asterisk.

The conference was supported by such Belarusian companies as SaM Solutions, Promwad and Lokalnye Seti. The informational partners became the portals it-job.by, open.by, usability.by,
it-event.ru, root.ua, the Polish magazine Linux Magazine, and the Belarusian magazine Setevye Reshenia.
The Internet connection was provided by the MTS company.

LVEE 2010 – here we are

(July 01 – 04, Grodno)

The 6-th Linux Vacation / Eastern Europe conference had gathered about one hundred fifty users and developers of free/open software from seven countries at the touring camp near Grodno. More than 30 presentations covered a wide range of topics – from usage of free software in science and business to development tools, FOSS-based portable devices and specifics of free projects and open standards. Community-oriented thematics was accomplished with an open discussion about the social role of free / open source software and themed video viewings. Also much interest was attracted by lightning speeches section, first appeared in this year LVEE.

By decision of the audience the best presentation is one of Maksim Melnikau – “Gentoo Embedded at the platforms zoo”. The author of the presentation-winner received a memorable prize from the organizational committee and a sponsor prize from the Promwad company, as an addition to his personal zoo of embedded Linux devices.

The Conference was supported by such companies as SaM Solutions, Promwad, EPAM Systems and Local networks.
Videos of presentations was recorded due to it-job.by, the partner of LVEE 2010. The Internet connection was provided by MTS mobile network operator, and Wi-Fi coverage of the conference place was provided by the ePoint Systems company. Linux Magazine and IT Business week journals bacame the information partners of the Conference, as far as [Root@UA]Media, IT Event, usability.by, hh.by, PBXWare.ru portals and companies.

Summarizing the results of LVEE-2011

(June 30 – July 03, Grodno)

Touring camp near Grodno gathered about one hundred seventy users and developers of free/open software from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Lithuania and Estonia. More than 30 presentations covered a wide range of topics concerning FOSS. A lot of attention was payed this year to high-load systems – from implementing and using auto-scaling farms and GRID-nets to specifics of their monitoring. Of course, software development wasn’t missed too, and socio-economic aspects were covered by presentations on digital money approaches, building business on the free/open technologies and the community, as far as the new role of free production of information. The number of presentations with live demos also have increased, including Linux-based media-centers and RAW images processing, and the presentation on contemporary FOSS tools to create digital music and their interconnection with hardware was followed by an improvised concert by demands of the audience. Tradition of lightning talks was also continued this year.

Participants took active part in open discussion on new trends in *nix GUI. A detailed overview of changes in newest graphical shells was made. Audience payed a lot of attention to extendability and features exchange between desktop environments.

By decision of the audience the best presentation is one of Oleg Boytsev «Carrying out software protection from DDoS-attacks». The author received a memorable prize from the organizational committee and a sponsor prize from the Promwad company (which was an Android-running tabled). Also a memorable prize from the SaM Solutions company was handed to Ivan Kuten’ for his presentation on developing and using plug-computers.

Book of proceedings published before the conference includes both abstracts and previously taken interviews with participants. Abstracts and presentations are also accessible on the official site of the conference, lvee.org, in «Presentations» section. Videos of presentations, recorded due to it-job.by, the partner of LVEE 2011, are to follow soon.

The Conference was supported by such companies as SaM Solutions, Promwad, EPAM Systems, Wargaming.net, Altoros Development, Anakreon, Ciklum, hoster.by. The Internet connection was provided by MTS mobile network operator, and Wi-Fi coverage of the conference place was provided by the ePoint Systems company.

Informational and technical partners of the conference are Linux Magazine, Root@UA, IT Business Week magazines, and it-job.by, IT-Event.Ru, usability.by, RABOTA.TUT.BY, mega-admin, SEF.by, sCommunityBY, weblancer.net, ePointSystem, PBXWare.ru portals and projects.

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