2012 RMLL will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from July 7 to 12. RMLL will have 8 main topics that you can find in the left navigation bar.

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The topic General covers activities for everybody.

  • This year, we open a new session : lightning talks. Every day, week-end included, from 11:50 am to 12:40 am, there will be 10 talks of 5 minutes strict. Selection among submission will be done the same day.

Lightning talks

This year, we open a new session of Lightning Talks : 10 talks not exceeding 5 minutes. Saturday and Sunday from 14 pm to 15 pm, and from from 11:50 am to 12:40 am, . Selection among submission will done the same day.

Free Culture & Arts

For the 2012 meetings, the theme Culture and Arts will focus on the ways of producing and distributing art and culture using libre software. There will be publishers presenting their libre production lines, artists working with libre solutions to their free artistic expression. This theme will run in parallel to workshops that illustrate in a practical manner the theoretical lectures.

Themes approached:

  • Libre Soundsystems and video projection systems.
  • Libre computer graphics.
  • Artistic GNU/Linux packages.
  • Libre distribution systems.
  • Libre computer aided music.
  • Libre systems for the virtual curation of culutral heritage.
  • Free archiving.


The Community track aim to focus on the inners work and organization of the free software communities.

Some examples of topic :

  • structure of a specific community (governance, how is the work shared, etc.)
  • community animation, and how to attract new contributers
  • feedback about a specific event that could affect others communities (migration to another VCS, for example)
  • the role of sponsors (companies) and their influence in a project

Politics, Law and Government

The Politics, Law and Government Theme will bring together conferences related to political, legal, and organizational topics about Free software and Free Culture. It will offer answers to fundamental societal questions: What is important? Who is responsable? Why? How? When to (re)act?

It will thus give voice to citizen actions (such, # SMARTGOV or StopACTA), to public sector approaches in favor of Free Software or Open Data, and to thoughts about free and Open Source licenses.

2012 was a very dense year, in every sense of the term. These two days will be an opportunity for presentation of new feedbacks, comments from administrative judgments of importance (including on Public Procurement ) and new ways of mutualize public - particularly with regard to the new role of editor increasingly covered by the public sector, which has now entered the design and piloting of public projects in a community approach.

Finally, this theme will alternate conferences and round-tables, with a special place to public interactions.

Media, Radio, Television and Professional Graphics

What Open Source tools are available to media professionals?

That is the main question that will be addressed at the special "Media, Radio, Television and Professional Graphics" stream the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is co-organising during the LSM 2012.

More than 20 projects

The media sessions during the LSM will show over 20 Open Source projects related to audio-visual content production and distribution, covering ingest, encoding, storage, audio post-production, video-post production, graphics, play-out, radio, etc.

Sharing experiences

Goals are to learn how the open tools are used in practice and what their features/limitations are. The idea is also to create links between people from media, developpers and industry. Live demonstrations of the tools will be available too, including Swedisth Televisions’ CasparCG Graphics play-out and a completely open radio transmission platform.

Companies and Free Software

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Sciences and learning

The topic “Sciences and Learning” of the Libre Software Meeting gathers educators, teachers, researchers, universitary professors, staffs of associations, institutions and territorial collectivities, animators, parents… They can meet developers and users of free-libre applications and resources of interest for education, and discuss about professional or associative practices touching the usage, the making or the adaptation of free-libre software and resource.

Speakers and their teams will present their projects or animate workshops or round tables about the following subjects:

  • free-libre software dedicated to education;
  • free-libre software dedicated to popular education;
  • free-libre resources and software interesting education;
  • free-libre resources and software for associations;
  • educational uses of tools;
  • free-libre software and databases coming with free licenses;
  • integrated educational platforms;
  • platforms for open training and distance training;
  • mutualization of educational products;
  • etc.

Specific workshops are open for children, teenagers and adults.

Health and Accessibility

This year, the Health topic will be organized according to 3 main axes:

  • Accessibility, autonomy and dependency management
  • Hospital Information System & Telehealth
  • Imaging & visualization of medical data

The Libre Software Meeting offers this year again a venue of choice for actors in the world of health. Through the Health theme, the committee hopes to distribute the LSM and enhance open source projects in this field. To better target the various exchanges that take place, the coordinators of the health topic offer several types of meetings:

  • meetings "solutions", with lectures and round tables to present solutions dedicated to our research.
  • conferences "state of art" between practitioners, developers and scientists to discuss what are the specific needs of users, what works well or less well, discuss approaches...
  • presentations of "technical" between developers and scientists. This will initiate exchanges between communities that may not have the opportunity to meet and perhaps to initiate new collaborations or projects.

Workshops will be available to practice and exchange ideas about tools presented by their designers or by users already experienced in these solutions.

Chairman :

  • Farouk Khababa : Farouk Khababa (fk _at_
  • Johan Moreau (Johan.Moreau _at_ received his M.S. in computer science from the University of Rennes in 2001. Since 2001, he has been a permanent engineer in computer sciences at the Research Institute Against Digestive Cancer IRCAD, Strasbourg. His main areas of interest are network and software engineering for computer-aided diagnosis and surgery. In FLOSS, he work on FW4SPL, sconspiracy/yams++, nagios-i18n, gdcm, ...
  • Samuel Thibault ( is an assistant professor in computer science, he tinkers with Linux since 1998, started to get interest in accessibility since he met Sebastien Hinderer in 2001, and never stopped since then. He also participates to the Debian and GNU/Hurd projects, as well as the project.
  • Marc Geiser


The Technical topic deals with various technical aspects of Free Software. Different aspects are discussed in the form of 6 technical sessions:

  • System Administration Session
  • Development Session
  • Embedded Systems and Open Hardware Session
  • Operating System Session
  • Security Session
  • Internet Session