DebConf12 schedule ready!
on 28.06.2012, 17:59
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on 25.06.2012, 00:00
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Call for DebConf14 venues!
on 20.06.2012, 22:59
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Reconfirmation deadline tomorrow
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on 11.06.2012, 00:00
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DebConf12 schedule ready!

published on Thu Jun 28 17:59:00 2012 in debconf-news

The DebConf12 schedule is finally available!

As usual, the DebConf conference can only be finalized a couple of days before DebConf itself starts. But hey — Take a look at it, and start planning your activities!

Not final, never final

Remember that, even now that the conference schedule is announced, you can still submit talks to DebConf, following what we call ad-hoc talks. What are the steps to do it?

  1. Check the schedule and find the timeslot (day, hour and room) you want to talk in
  2. Register your event in Pentabarf, and note the generated event ID (the last number in the URL after the submission is accepted)
  3. Send a mail to detailing the event ID, title (just to confirm it), and the requested timeslot
  4. All requests _must_ be received at least 24hr before the requested event for the scheduling team to act accordingly and for the video team to be able to plan on resources to cover the requested session
  5. Video team coverage (event recording plus streaming on a best-effort basis) will be given to activities scheduled on the Aula Magna and Roberto Terán auditoriums.
  6. We will try to grant requests on a first-come-first-serve basis. If two events are requested for the same timeslot, the first will have precedence, and we will schedule the second as close as possible to it. We will notify the submitters if this happens, of course.

Conference tracks

In DebConf12, many talks are organized around the following tracks:

This track is meant for the local (Nicaraguan/Central American) community to be attracted to Debian. It does not usually have technically minded talks; the DebConf general audience is, of course, invited to take part in it, as there will surely be interesting angles on how Debian is used in different use-cases, and there will be interesting Q&A session with the audience.
Getting involved in Debian
Central America is a very special region. It has vibrant Free Software user groups and communities, among which there is an important interest to get involved in Debian.
This track will have some talks in Spanish, some talks in English, explaining different Debian processes and tools, aiming at attracting locals to contribute to Debian.
Debian for the cloud
All about virtualization. Management infrastructure, details on virtual machine engines, insight on how to tweak your kernel for optimum virtualized performance, and –of course– how to get it all humming perfectly with your Debian packages.
Building and porting
With an every day stronger transit to mobile computing, we are seeing a renaissance of porting. At the same time, we finally have multiarch as part of Debian. And were that not to be enough, we finally have more than one compiler that can be used for most of the software in the archive. Put all this together, and you will have a very interesting track.
Social activities
DebConf is as much about technical stuff as it is about building closer ties within the members of its community. Eating cheese+wine, going on a trip to the guts of a volcano, having a nice banquet… Do you want to add an activity to this pseudo-track?
Skills exchange
Knowledge can also be built by all of us putting our grain of sand. We first had explicit skills exchange sessions in Bosnia last year, and they were very well received. Feel free to propose similar sessions!

And… Well, three days to DebCamp and counting. See you Real Soon Now in Managua!

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published on Mon Jun 25 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

Richard Darst posted a financial report for DebConf11. Approximate numbers had been known since last year, but Richard checked all transactions against SPI and FFIS records to confirm that, thanks to the support of the Republika Srpska government, the conference generated a surplus for Debian of around €20,000. This surplus is expected to be reinvested in future DebConf costs.

Countdown to the freeze

Neil McGovern, on behalf of the Release Team, announced that the freeze will start on 30 June. That means that no new packages, and no new versions, will automatically migrate to testing after that point. Developers can then focus on fixing the last release critical issues in order to offer everyone a best quality Wheezy stable release once it's ready.

Debian mirror redirector

Raphael Geissert widely announced a new mirror redirector service,, that aims to reduce the impact of occasionally offline or out-of-date mirrors, and to use the worldwide network of mirrors more effectively. For now this service is unofficial, though Raphael hopes that it might be used as default in future. You're welcome to test and use the service by following the instructions on its website, and send feedback to Raphael.

Internationalisation sprint

Christian Perrier sent a report from the internationalisation (or "i18n") sprint that was hosted by IRILL in Paris last weekend. Seven people attended the meeting, mainly in order to move some previously unofficial services onto Debian infrastructure, including the package description translation system. It was a success — new servers were configured during the sprint, and the actual services are now migrating to them.

Salzburg bug squashing party

Bernd Zeimetz published a report from the Salzburg bug squashing party that was hosted by conova communications GmbH last weekend. Fifteen to seventeen people from five countries were present, mainly working on release critical bugs in testing and unstable. About 68 bugs in unstable and testing were triaged, patched, fixed, or at least pinged.

Presentation in Romania

Victor Nițu gave a presentation on the Debian Project, its philosophy and achievements, and the global and Romanian communities: A universal project, with a global community. This is the first local Debian event in Romania after a year and a half of online presence. Fundația Ceata, a local Free Software and Free Culture organisation, supported the community by providing the event location, the after-party, and the new domain name,

Bits from the DPL

Stefano Zacchiroli sent his monthly report on DPL activities. May saw the first IRC meeting of the Technical Committee, and they plan to set up a monthly pattern for these meetings, continuing in June. He mentioned his (failed) attempt to reach an agreement with the archive maintainers, and the ongoing Debian for Scientific Facilities Days conference that is also hosting a Debian Science Sprint. Three people replied to his call for help with DPL tasks, and a calendar of periodic IRC public meetings will be published soon. There's still time to apply if you are interested.

Other news

Simon Kainz announced the availability of a new service, DUCK — the Debian URL checker, which aims to monitor the Homepage field of packages' control files.

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Martin Zobel-Helas sent a request for comments on a proposed policy change for, a DNS zone where Debian Developers can create entries for their projects.

Upcoming events

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on the events section of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe, Netherlands, Hispanic America, North America.

Call for DebConf14 venues!

published on Wed Jun 20 22:59:00 2012 in debconf-news

2000, Bordeaux, France. 2001, Bordeaux, France. 2002, Ottawa, Canada. 2003, Oslo, Norway. 2004, Porto Alegre, Brazil. 2005, Helsinki, Finland. 2006, Oaxtepec, Mexico. 2007, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. 2008, Mar del Plata, Argentina. 2009, Cáceres, Spain. 2010, New York, United States. 2011, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 2012, Managua, Nicaragua. 2013, Vaumarcus, Switzerland.

We have gone to all different latitudes (although not yet longitudes!). We have had very hot and very cold weather. Great cities and small villages have hosted us. What will be the next addition to this great list?

As we approach DebConf12 (10 days to DebCamp and counting, yay!), we should keep the future in mind. So, as every year in recent history, we will once again have a DebConf session presenting possible venues for the next year.

Organizing DebConf in your city means a lot of hard work. It also means one of the greatest personal experiences you can imagine. And it is a great way to contribute to Debian.

The decision process for every DebConf venue starts two years before, with presentations during DebConf(n-2). That means, if you consider presenting a bid for DebConf14, now is the moment to act!

Do you have to be present at Managua to propose your bid? No. You can proxy via somebody — I’d suggest to do it via somebody who knows the location you are suggesting, but basically, choose a friend that you trust that trusts you. Of course, you can participate in the presentation session via IRC.

Do you have to be a Debian Developer to propose a bid? No. For DebConf9, none of the Cáceres guys was a DD; for DebConf10, some of the people most involved from the local New Yorkers were not DDs. For DC11, none of our hosts in Bosnia are DDs. And for DC12, the dear and overworked Nicaraguan crew is also made from people interested in getting closer to the Debian project, but not DDs.

Do you have to decide now? No. This is just a call for a first presentation, but the decision regarding DC14 will be taken probably around March 2013. However, giving a nice presentation at DebConf helps a lot, gives you visibility, and will get the ball rolling.

Is there a geographical bias? Slight. So far, and since the second DebConf, we have kept the tradition not to repeat continents on two successive DebConfs. This is not a hard condition, however! While there is some probability that DebConf14 will be somewhere in America (the continent, of course), it depends on the proposals more than on any pseudo-rule.

What do you need to start thinking about? Go visit our prospective location checklist. You can also look at what other teams have historically presented. And of course, go to the DebConf14 wiki planning page — Register there, even if you are just in the early phases of finding data.

Reconfirmation deadline tomorrow

published on Tue Jun 19 18:29:00 2012 in debconf-news

Just a quick reminder: if you haven’t reconfirmed in our beloved pentabarf system, that you’ll be attending DebConf12 in Managua in just a bit more then 2 weeks, then… do so now! The reconfirmation deadline is tomorrow!

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published on Mon Jun 11 00:00:00 2012 in weekly-news

Lucas Nussbaum has been doing some full archive rebuilds on Amazon Web Services (AWS). "Archive rebuilds play an important role in Debian Quality Assurance and Release Management efforts", according to Lucas, who has been running Debian archive rebuilds on the Grid’5000 testbed since 2007, and has filed over 6000 release-critical bugs in the process. Lucas managed to get Amazon to award Debian $10,000 in order to run about 60 full archive rebuilds on their infrastructure, allowing developers interested in custom tests to do them themselves.

Debian welcomes diversity

A diversity statement for the Debian project has been approved by a large majority of the project members. The statement explicitly welcomes and encourages participation by everyone. "This statement marks a new stage in the process of welcoming contributors to our project", said Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian Project Leader. "Community diversity goes hand in hand with community richness."

armhf and s390x on their way to Wheezy

Adam D. Barratt, Release Team manager, announced that the armhf and s390x ports are now one step closer to being part of Wheezy: they are now officially being considered as release architectures. Adam thanks everyone involved in getting both architectures to this point.

DebConf13 logo contest

Luca Capello announced that the DebConf13 organisers are seeking logo designs for next year's DebConf. Some ideas are already present on the DebConf wiki, but they would like to expand these a bit more in line with their vision. There are only a few days left if you would like to participate: the deadline for DebConf13 logo submissions is Sunday 17 June.

First bug squashing party in Shanghai

Thomas Goirand published a report from the first bug squashing party in Shanghai. About twenty people participated, including three Debian members, and twenty-five bugs were fixed.

Bits from the Ruby Team

Antonio Terceiro posted some bits from the Ruby Team in which he announced that the default Ruby interpreter for Wheezy would be Ruby 1.9. Ruby 1.8 will be available in Debian during the Wheezy life cycle, but since security support from upstream will end in the next year, it will not be shipped in subsequent major releases. With this switch, Debian users will benefit from the improvements, especially in performance, that Ruby 1.9 brings over Ruby 1.8. People who still want to use Ruby 1.8 as the default interpreter may find the ruby-switch or rbenv packages useful. More information is available on the dedicated wiki page.


There have been "Debian Edu interviews" with Ralf Gesellensetter and Mike Gabriel, who both describe, among other things, how they got involved in Debian Edu and their views about it.

Upcoming events

You can find more information about Debian-related events and talks on the events section of the Debian web site, or subscribe to one of our events mailing lists for different regions: Europe, Netherlands, Hispanic America, North America.

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Do you want to organise a Debian booth or a Debian install party? Are you aware of other upcoming Debian-related events? Have you delivered a Debian talk that you want to link on our talks page? Send an email to the Debian Events Team.