opsi at FrOSCon 2023: Looking back at a great Weekend

The 18th edition of FrOSCon took place on August, 5 and 6, at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. Organized annually by the computer science department, FrOSCon (Free and Open Source Software Conference) offers an extensive program featuring talks and workshops for visitors of all ages interested in Free Software—whether they use it, wish to learn about it, or aim to develop it. This year, a team from uib travelled to Sankt Augustin to present opsi and provide support to the Open Source community.

The uib team at FrOSCon 2023: Alena Schmidt, Nils Dörrer, Fabian Kalweit, Anja-Melanie Schmitz.

Open Source Community

During the two-day conference, we had the pleasure of reconnecting with familiar faces from the Open Source community while also introducing opsi to many new Open Source enthusiasts. We were happy to see just how many people visited FrOSCon this year, especially following a comparatively slower year in 2022.

The FrOSCon had lots to offer: many talks covering a range of topics, but also various Open Source projects like AlekSIS (a free School Information System), the European Accessibility Resource Centre AccessibleEU, OpenStreetMap, Teckids e. V., and many more. This brought a large number of visitors of all ages to Sankt Augustin. Kudos to the exceptional organization by the Computer Science department, which also arranged several activities for children.

Talks: Insights and Best Practices from opsi

During this year's conference, our opsi team featured two talks presented by our developers.

Nils Dörrer gave a talk about multi-os Python application testing using Gitlab CI pipeline jobs. After a demonstration of the two Python unit testing frameworks pytest and hypothesis, he shared valuable insights into best practices for writing clean code, ensuring strong testability, and effectively maintaining a ready-for-release Git repository.

The recording of this talk can be found here.

Nils Dörrer giving a talk at the FrOSCon 2023.

Fabian Kalweit presented how our opsi documentation and build process was changed from Asciidoc to Antora recently. He showcased the implementation of a new web page, complete with navigation and search function for our documentation through Antora. He also spoke about the possibility for our opsi community members to submit changes to the docs. The presentation also covered the creation of HTML and PDF files for our manuals through a script utilizing Asciidoctor.

The recording of this talk can be found here.

Fabian Kalweit giving a talk at the FrOSCon 2023.

Until next Year

We would like to thank all the individuals who contributed to the resounding success of another remarkable FrOSCon. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again next year. See you in 2024!